Again, here is the problem with the 'multiple sources confirm' talk.....
One of the PS4's specs rumored were these (when it was still codenamed)...
The supposed tech specs of the Omni:
- CPU is an x86 system with a 256-bit bus
- An APU with a fast GPU
- 4GB of DDR3 RAM
- 4GB of GDDR3 RAM
- Capable of 3.2TFLOPS of data
- An “off-the-shelf” design, more reminiscent of a PC than a next-gen gaming console
GameSopt's PS3 Rumor (2006);
"Sony also laid out the technical specs of the device. The PlayStation 3 will feature the much-vaunted Cell processor, which will run at 3.2GHz, giving the whole system 2 teraflops of overall performance. It will sport 256MB XDR main RAM at 3.2GHz, and it will have 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700MHz."
If that wasn't enough, full (rumored) PS3 specs:
PLAYSTATION 3 SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Cell Processor PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
--1 VMX vector unit per core
--512KB L2 cache
--7 x SPE @3.2GHz
--7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
--7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
--*1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
--Total floating point performance: 218 gigaflops
GPU RSX @ 550MHz
--1.8 TFLOPS floating point Performance
--Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
--Multi-way programmable parallel Floating point shader pipelines
--Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell-based processing)
256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
System Bandwidth Main RAM-- 25.6GB/s
RSX-- 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
SB2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)
SYSTEM FLOATING POINT PERFORMANCE:
--HDD Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1
--I/O--USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
--Memory Stickstandard/Duo, PRO x 1
--SD standard/mini x 1
--CompactFlash(Type I, II) x 1
--Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
--Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
--Bluetooth--Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
--ControllerBluetooth (up to 7)
--USB 2.0 (wired)
--Network (over IP)
Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
HDMI out x 2
AV multi out x 1
Digital out (optical) x 1
SACD Hybrid (CD layer),
DualDisc (audio side)
DualDisc (DVD side)
PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM
PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM
PlayStation 3 BD-ROM
Since 'FLOPS' are such a big deal for a lot of you, did the PS4 launch with that much theoretical performance (though this did predict the right amount of RAM, just not the type)? Was the PS3 really capable of more theoretical performance than its successor? Was the RSX Reality Synthesizer (one of the components that would prove to be a thorn in the PS3's side) really a 1.8 teraflop monster? Think those things through. No matter who backs a rumor (those came straight from ExtremeTech and GameSpot, reputable sources of those times), as I and Pem have said, temper expectations.
I'm not saying remove excitement (yes, the next gen consoles are going to be considerably more powerful than the Pro/X), just don't push rumors as facts (or gripe to Hell and back should they prove false ), no matter how strong they may seem. I remember reading both of these articles when they were printed and fell for them too (especially those P3 specs).
Let's have a look at another report on the PS4 and Xbox One, shall we?
DigitalSpy in January 2013:
"One particularly juicy rumor surrounding the PS4 relates to the system's graphical capabilities. If the reports are to be believed, the PS4 will feature 'Ultra HD' visuals in 4K resolution, a feature which is being billed as a means to convince customers to upgrade to one of Sony's latest hi-tech television sets."
"Developers who claim to have gotten their hands on both machines recently told VG247 that the new Xbox will have a run capacity of 1.23 teraflops backed up by 8GB of RAM, 3GB of which is dedicated to the operating system, apps and security, with the rest for games. A Radeon HD 8770 GPU will serve as the system's graphics chip, which should be good enough to run the upcoming Unreal Engine 4."
"By comparison, the PS4 is said to feature a quad-core AMD APU Solution processor, an AMD 8000 series GPU and between 2 and 4GB of GDDR5 under the hood, but the big news concerns its rumored run-capability of 1.84 teraflops, almost 50% greater than what has been listed for the new Xbox."
In fairness to some of you, a few of those things happened, but crucial parts (like the GPUs) were wrong and that's a big deal, especially when it was claimed that developers had gotten their hands on these things. And, yes, we also had rumors that said these consoles would have less RAM then they ended up having, but it never left the rumor mill and remained 'TBD'. Much of the time, parts of the rumors are true, while others prove to be way off and that's where the "I expected better" posts will come from.
On the flipside, I hope to be proven wrong, because I'd prefer machines running with a 2080 SUPER (at the lowest) equivalent, 24GB of RAM (12-16 dedicated to gaming), and procs with at least a base clock of 3.0GHz. But dreams and reality are often at odds with each other. :P
Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 26 December 2019