Consoles get more computer-like with every passing generation. And nobody will be surprised if the PS4 ends up being a high-end gaming PC for your living room.
As reported by GamesIndustry.biz , Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter apparently has some inside information concerning Sony's next PlayStation console. Recently, we heard from ex-AMD employees that the PS4 would utilize AMD-powered graphics rather than Nvidia.
Now, Leadbetter claims a "reputable source" said the next PlayStation system is "essentially a PC" in regards to its architecture. The source reinforces the aforementioned rumor by saying Sony and AMD are collaborating on the CPU, which means the next PlayStation won't use the Cell found in the PS3. Leadbetter also mentioned the new Vita:
"It's not about exotic, groundbreaking hardware anymore, it's all about creating the best possible games machine with an enviable set of development tools – and it's an approach that has already yielded results. While PlayStation Vita may lack a stand-out killer app, I still think that it's set the bar in terms of overall quality and quantity over and above any console launch I've seen in over 21 years in the business. Extrapolating that same philosophy towards PlayStation 4 makes a PC-style approach to Sony's next console seem very likely indeed."
Sony has gone on the record several times, saying they have no intention of producing a new console any time soon. Right now, their focus is squarely on both the Vita and the PS3. …but the future is always just around the corner, yes?