[Beowulf] Microsofts trick - was AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Wed May 8 02:38:15 PDT 2013

On May 6, 2013, at 3:17 AM, Christopher Samuel wrote:

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> On 04/05/13 16:32, Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> Purportedly, there will be something resembling the PS4 architecture
>> for the PC market. That would be an APU with 8 cores and stacked
>> memory.
> Also interesting that Microsofts next XBox (720) will also be AMD,
> with similar specs to the PS4.

I don't even need to read the article to know what's gonna happen.

It seems Microsofts Xbox trick is to simply sit and wait for what  
Sony is doing, then take a similar chip,
yet slightly less powerful and slightly cheaper and then sell the  
next Xbox cheaper than Sony's playstation.

It's a strategy that works. Fact that they sold similar amounts of  
Xboxes like PS3 basically proves my opinion that Sony failed
with ps3. The reasons why ps3 failed to outsell previous playstations  
would be very interesting to study as in itself market with
potential customers is 4 times larger now or so. The factor 4 is a  
GUESS - it'll be way larger than that now that Asia opens up
and we have a nouvelle rich in Africa with Africa moving quickly.

> http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/70724- 
> microsofts-xbox-720-is-aligned-with-sonys-playstation-4
> # Meanwhile, the Xbox 720 (Next) is reportedly powered by an
> # AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz GPU and 8GB
> # of DDR3 RAM.
> Of course being in a console doesn't mean a lot for success, just
> look at Cell..
> cheers,
> Chris
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