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Nintendo Wii U Will Not Become Hardcore Gamers’ Darling – Analyst.
The only thing he is ever right about is things people already know.
PS4 is basically assured to be all AMD based consoles, while most the rumors of the CPU driving Xbox have either been an APU x86 design or a multi-core Power PC architecture, with possible ARM cores for Kinect.
Only trolls on IGN and Gamespot think a PS4 / Xbox will have 16 core CPUs with GTX690 SLI. You also somehow forgot that consoles must be affordable, especially given the state of the global economy. It's very unlikely that the MS or Sony will want to spend hundreds of dollars more on an Intel CPU for just 30% more performance in games.
For us enthusiast PC gamers, getting a Core i7 3770K for BF3 is worth it over a $125 A10-5800K but for a console it makes no sense. Consoles still need to fit a GPU into the budget, flash memory/SSD, mechanical hard drives and other features like Kinect 2.0, etc. MS and Sony also lost too much money on Xbox 360 and PS3 and rumor has it they will want to focus on trying to be more profitable with the next generation. Going with a Haswell CPU sounds great in theory but then you have to pair it with Intel chipset and together it starts to get expensive really fast...and you haven't even touched any other components.
We have less than a year before your hopes and dreams of an Intel+NV based consoles are shattered. Perhaps you forgot that Intel has a >60% gross margin. Why would they sacrifice their profitability just to provide a chip for consoles? They aren't a small company like AMD that needs everything they can get. I guess it's Holiday season and Intel decided to advance your early Christmas bonus for making up stories?
The cheapest 45W Ivy Bridge quad-core is $378:
Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Processor
(6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
Intel's gross margin is 60% or so. That means this CPU would cost $151 to MS if we assume Intel makes $0 on the entire deal.
A dual-core HT Core i3/i5 mobile CPUs are not sufficient for next generation consoles.
Cheapest quad-core without hyper-threading on the desktop is i5-3450S for $184 and it uses 65W.
I just told you in my post above: "Why would Intel sell their CPUs for no profit?" Intel will at least aim to make some profits and suddenly if you consider the cost to MS or Sony, let me know how you can fit a quad-core Haswell + Intel motherboard/chipset into a $399-449 console and still have $ left over for all the other parts!
I guess you don't like to face reality. 12 more months and you'll be proven wrong. All the rumors are stacked completely against you. My guess is you either don't read news, or blindly keep praying for an Intel Haswell + NV Kepler console because you don't recognize the price/performance aspects.
Latest rumor: Xbox 720 to sport an 8-core 1.66ghz processor.
According to this link the developement kits are using A10 based APU's. So if this sheds any light on the ps4 hardware then i'm willing to bet that actual ps4 hardware will be based around the same hardware config as well.
A final packaged game will have many optimizations a game in development won't and can't have.
So I'm pretty sure the console might be close to a dev kit in power, but it will still be a bit weaker.
2000 ~ $22
2012 ~ $14
Sony's stock price
2000 ~ $112
2012 ~ $10
Yup, PS2 and PS3 sure made a lot of $ for Sony's bottom line. /sarcasm. One more round of selling an $800 console for $600 and PS4 will bankrupt the company. For that reason PS4 will be mid-range and priced much lower. No Core i7 3970X and GTX690 SLI.
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