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RUMOR: Sony May Be Dropping Cell Processor For PS4

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Posted on February 29, 2012 AT 02:42pm

THE BUZZ: It was the biggest and most hyped piece of the PlayStation 3 puzzle—the Cell processor. But could Sony be ditching the idea for their upcoming PlayStation 4?

EGM’s TAKE: The concept of the Cell processor in the PS3 was certainly a noble one, and before the system’s release, it promised great things for gaming. The reality, however, is that the complex architecture for the PS3—and the difficulty of properly programming for it—have lead to some titles being sub-par versus their Xbox 360 versions, or other games simply not coming to the system at all.

Rumors have been flying that Sony might be looking to make a major change with their next PlayStation console, and today Kotaku chimes in with another vote in that favor. According to the site, “gaming industry sources” have told them that not only will Sony not use the Cell processor in the PS4, but it won’t even be using any sort of successor to that chip or its concept.

Such a change could have a huge effect on the PS4, both positive and negative. On the downside, a major switch in internal architecture platforms could play havoc with any ideas of backward compatibility. On the plus side, if the development environment is easier and more friendly for developers, that’ll not only mean more games, but better versions of those games.

What do you think? Should Sony ditch the Cell processor for the PS4, or would it be too much of a sacrifice?

Source: Kotaku

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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