Next-gen PS4 Orbis and Xbox Durango hardware details

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Both the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox will feature 8-core CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz, built on technology from AMD codenamed Jaguar.

This is according to sources trusted by the hardware-sleuths at Digital Foundry (the technical division over on Eurogamer).

Apparently the Jaguar architecture offers low-power processor cores which are aimed at the entry-level laptop and tablet PC market, therefore offering a good power to performance ratio.

Information on the GPU setup for the PlayStation 4 (codename Orbis) is a little more mystical at this stage. Digital Foundry states that the Orbis will feature a Radeon HD GPU (possibly based on the mobile “Pitcairn” 7970M chip), but with an 800MHz clock and 18 AMD “Graphics Core Next” compute units.

Digital Foundry said that the Orbis will use a “bespoke GPU-like ‘compute’ module” designed to ease the burden on the CPU and GPU cores. All of the PlayStation Orbis processing units are packed into a single piece of silicon, and the internal condename for the processing unit design is “Liverpool”.

Digital Foundry could not confirm the GPU design for the Xbox Durango, and tempers previous Xbox 720 performance rumours that pegged the PlayStion Orbis as more powerful in raw compute power by suggesting that the Xbox Durango relies on task-specific hardware to help out the GPU.

According to Digital Foundry, the PlayStation Orbis features 4GB of GDDR5 – an extremely fast type of RAM that usually ships with PC graphics cards. 512MB is reserved for the operating system.

The Xbox Durango, on the other hand, is believed to contain 8GB of DDR3 RAM – offsetting the slower RAM speed with volume. Sources suggest that 3GB of the RAM will be reserved for the OS.

It is suggested that the Durango could reserve two CPU processing cores for running various apps in parallel to games. With no apparent plays from Sony to do something similar, this could give it a processing power advantage.

Website, VGleaks, is claiming to have the full-spec of the Xbox Durango, and Digital Foundry seems mostly convinced by the information as key elements match their sources, and the information leaker has come forward with proof of the origin of the info.

Xbox Durango leaked design

Xbox Durango leaked design – VGleaks

Digital Foundry identifies interesting elements of the design, including separate audio and video codec processors. HDMI input is noted (not merely output) suggesting media-centric uses for the Xbox Durango.

“Data Moves Engines” are identified, but no information on their purpose is availble.

Kinect has its own input and USB ports are version 3.0, and a 500GB hard drive is suggested to be the minimum by Digital Foundry sources.

A 6x Blu-ray drive is confirmed (yup, for the Xbox Durango), which supports 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray discs. 1Gbps Ethernet and Wi-Fi Direct round off the connectivity.

The final consideration, as put forward by Digital Foundry, is that the information from Xbox Durango VGleaks could be up to 9 months old. However, due to the drawn-out research and design process involved, it is possible that very few changes will have been made at this stage.

Sources: Eurogamer, VGleaks

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  • Draco Lusus

    You would still think they would beef it up a little bit more, considering its supposed to be “Next-Gen” and in use for the next 5+ years.

  • ShadoWolf

    Although consider this. Games like Uncharted 3 managed to pull that last drops out of the system and look good. The PS2 did the same and I’m willing to bet that this next gen will do the same. The ONLY and ONLY reason I will consider buying a PS4 is because of exclusives and because of the resale value of games. Multii-platorms look 10x better on a pc, but those I’m afraid you can’t pawn off. PC will always be trumps for graphics though.

  • Fnuik

    I consider a upgrade to 4 and 8 gig of ram as apposed to the current 512mb quite a big bit of beefing up.

    Take a pc and put 512mb of ram in and see if it can play games even close to current console quality.

  • iTile

    Resale value of games? The next gen consoles, will have your games and game discs locked with serial to your account and machine. Thus making resale of games void. So long story short, you won’t be able to sell games second hand. Choose a platform or choose all platforms whatever makes your wallet cry the least.

  • iTile

    Don’t forget that PCs have bloatware which makes it unable for a PC to harness the full potential of the GPU/CPU. While consoles on the other hand does not and have access to more raw power of the same chip you find on a PC/Laptop.

  • James Etherington-Smith

    PC will always be superior in performance because of its modular nature, but it is a more expensive platform option due to chasing the latest upgrades. PC also has overheads on performance, such as very resource hungry operating systems. Finally, there is compatibility and troubleshooting issues that PC gamers tend to deal with in stride. Such problems would be unacceptable on a mass-market gaming console.

    While these next-gen consoles make use of existing architecture which can be compared to a PC part in origin, the console variant is often highly customised toward its specific purpose of powering games in a console. The R&D and design spec needs to be finalised and stable so that the thing can enter mass production.

    As mentioned by ShadowWolf the current generation of consoles still perform admirably, and I think we will be impressed with what the next-gen from Sony and Microsoft are capable of.

    As for PC gamers, wait until a year post next-gen console launch before making your upgrade decisions. If your PC can outpace the PS4/Xbox 720 then it should last a good 3 – 4 years of gaming (hopefully).

  • Johann Botha

    not really true, all thanks too DirectX.

  • ShadoWolf

    I seriously doubt that. Where is the biggest second hand market in the world? Japan. Where does the PS4 come from? Japan. They would be real fools to alienate their primary audience.

  • Draco Lusus

    I’ve been running 4GB of RAM for the last 5 years …So I don’t consider it a suitable amount for a next gen console for the next 6-7 years. Sure 8GB is probably enough, but that wasn’t my point. I was referring to the other components, ie: a reasonably stronger gfx card (the rumour is a 7670, that is the same graphics card than my semi-ultra book and it BLOWS for games), SATA 3 maybe? The point is, the progression of hardware over the years, sure you don’t want to have an $800 console. But in the long run, it will be better for all adding a little bump, here and there?