With the approaching release of PlayStation 5, expectations for Sony's new next-gen console are increasing. However, a developer is sure that the expectations will be exceeded, because the PlayStation 3 is said to have been stronger than modern CPUs.
Despite advancing technology and cross-play options, the console and PC players are still divided into two camps and everyone is convinced that their choice is the stronger variant. However, according to Michiel van der Leeuw, co-director and technical director of Guerilla Games, the PS3-Cell is still more powerful than the modern Intel desktop chips:
“Even today, the fastest Intel products aren't nearly as powerful as the Cell CPU. However, it is very difficult to supply them with electricity. I think it was ahead of its age because it worked similarly to GPUs today. However, it was not well balanced and difficult to use. It was a little too powerful, but it wasn't very user-friendly – but definitely visionary, ”he said Game Informer in an interview.
Some games are simply irreplaceable.
Only a few games were able to reach their full potential
The developers had to optimize their games especially for the PS3 in order to exploit the full potential of the cell CPU – which only a few really did. According to van der Leeuw, the console had so much power that it was difficult to use. Sony must have learned from this and took a different direction with the PS4. The switch to the x86 architecture formed the basis for decades of future-proof game development.
The PlayStation 5 will also use x86 and will use a new AMD SoC with Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU technology and will complement this with a shared GDDR6 memory. The whole thing is rounded off with a super-fast SSD, which is to be charged with new ReRam storage technology. In addition, the upcoming console is equipped with new SDK tool sets to ensure that developers can easily transfer their PS4 games to PS5 for full backward compatibility.