According to new rumors from one of Kotaku’s “reliable sources”, then semi-confirmed by the British edition of Official Playstation Magazine, Sony’s next generation Playstation will be called “Orbis” and will be powered by chips from AMD.
Kotaku’s source spoke on the condition of anonymity, but the site claims that they have previously been notably reliable.
The source said that “Orbis” will be powered by an AMD x64 CPU, and will use an AMD Southern Islands GPU. Southern Islands is AMD’s 28nm chip used in the Radeon 7970 card.
Earlier this month Semi Accurate reported that Sony was strongly considering using an x86 CPU in their upcoming console, along with an AMD GPU. According to S|A, the rationale to move away from a proprietary chip – such as the “cell” core found in the PS3 – is the savings found in an ‘economy of scale’ and the ease in coding for a common platform.
As the next generation Xbox is also rumored to use an AMD GPU, this should make porting games between the two platforms an ease for developers.
This can also be seen as a massive coup against Intel, as the manufacturing volume required to fulfill the requirements for these console lines should be nice for AMD’s bottom line and shareholders over the next half-decade.
Kotaku’s source also claimed that the Orbis GPU was display games at a resolution of up to 4096×2160, which is far in excess of the maximum resolution of any HDTV set on the market. It will also be able to play 3D games at 1080p.
The PlayStation Orbis has an expected launch date of Christmas 2013.