Sony has announced the PlayStation 4 will be released later this year.
The announcement was made during the publisher’s PlayStation Meeting 2013, broadcast live from New York.
Current president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House and lead system architect Mark Cerny presented the new console, including a comprehensive breakdown of its hardware specifications.
The PS4 is centered around a custom chip that contains eight x86-64 cores and an enhanced PC GPU graphics processor. Sony says the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has been enhanced to allow for easier use of the GPU for general purpose computing (GPGPU), including physics simulation. The GPU contains a unified array of 18 compute units, which can reportedly collectively generate 1.84 Teraflops of processing power that Sony says will be applied to graphics and simulation tasks, or a mix of the two.
The new console is also equipped with 8GB of unified system memory using a GDDR5, giving the system 176 GB/second of bandwidth and reportedly providing a “further boost” to graphics performance.