Next-gen consoles saddled with slow CPUs?
AnandTech has published an interesting look at the apparently poor CPU performance of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Right now, from what we’ve heard, the real-world performance of the Xenon CPU is about twice that of the 733MHz processor in the first Xbox. Considering that this CPU is supposed to power the Xbox 360 for the next 4 - 5 years, it’s nothing short of disappointing. To put it in perspective, floating point multiplies are apparently 1/3 as fast on Xenon as on a Pentium 4.
Ouch. And the PlayStation 3's Cell processor doesn't get off easily, either. Check out the full article
for all the gory details.