PlayStation 4 may have AMD hardware, launch next year

After a long hiatus, the new console season is finally coming, with both Microsoft and Sony rumored to have new hardware on the way. The folks at VG247 have learned some details about the next PlayStation, which they call the PlayStation 4, and which they say will come out in the 2013 holiday season.

Interestingly, VG247 says its sources expect Sony to release the PS4 before Microsoft's next-generation console:

“Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time,” they said. “You should be watching the timing of next year’s E3 keynotes, and who’s going to go first.”

More interesting still, it sounds like the system might have more in common with gaming PCs than with past consoles. VG247 expects to see the PS3's Cell processor scrapped in favor of "standard AMD hardware," which will reportedly include an x64 processor and a Southern Islands (a.k.a. 7000-series) graphics chip. Rumor has it that Sony's application programming interfaces will give way to DirectX, as well.

New Xbox consoles are also expected in the holiday 2013 time frame. Last we heard, the rumor mill was saying Microsoft has two systems in the works: a $100, ARM-powered Xbox Lite, which will launch first, and a proper next-gen console, which may not be out until early 2014.

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