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Sony unlocks PS4’s 7th core, paves way for better performance

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Game developers now have access to more of the Sony PS4’s raw power, according to data emerging over the weekend.

The gaming giant has unlocked the 7th Core of the PS4’s 8-Core CPU, after previously reserving it for the console’s operating system.

The move was spotted by members of the Beyond3D forum. Notes for the audio middleware tool FMOD read: “PS4 - Added FMOD_THREAD_CORE6 to allow access to the newly unlocked 7th core.”

The move was confirmed by other members of the developer community who spoke to Eurogamer.

The site did say it was unlikely existing games would gain access to the core, thus boosting performance of titles already available. However, it might come in handy for devs working on new titles for the console.

See also: Sony PS4 vs Xbox One

Eurogamer also speculated the entire core may not have been handed over to developers, with Sony keeping some back for the operating system.

The report points out a similar made by Microsoft with the Xbox One console. In that instance only a limited amount of CPU resources were made available to game makers.

Sony is yet to officially comment on the reports, but more power available to makers of power-hungry games can only be good news for everyone concerned.

Avi

November 30, 2015, 9:00 pm

ouch...Xbox1 owners!

Dead Words

November 30, 2015, 10:11 pm

Oh please it's not like anyone was buying the Xbox One for performance reasons before. The Xbox One still offers a massively better entertainment and software experience and still has some great exclusive titles. I'd still take an Xbox One over the PS4 for all-around entertainment purposes and media consumption.

Peter

November 30, 2015, 10:54 pm

Really? :D

Noel Grundy

December 1, 2015, 12:53 am

Seconded. Still can't bring myself to buy a PS4, Had all the last gen consoles and have both the Xbox one and Wii U. Plus a gaming P.C.

Dead Words

December 1, 2015, 3:44 am

A proper gaming PC is the way to go if you can afford it. No one can argue that console gaming is superior to PC gaming. With a gaming PC you put in more work and get a whole lot more out of it.

Paul

December 1, 2015, 11:10 am

smells like another PS4 victory

Zubeir

December 1, 2015, 1:32 pm

I have a reasonably good spec pc for video/photo editing, to get a good gaming rig, you need to keep shelling for a new graphics card or spend a lot on a steam machine. 1080p/720p output is good enough on a console, and its a lot more practical. I gave up playing games on a pc. PS3/PS4 gaming rules in our home.

mode11

December 1, 2015, 5:18 pm

Depends how much time you already spend at a desk. It can be nice to game on the sofa instead, in front of a TV. Also, if your main machine is an iMac or laptop, it can be a decent computer generally, just doesn't have a beastly GPU.

Dead Words

December 1, 2015, 9:03 pm

I still argue that if you're truly serious about gaming a PC is the way to go (although I do like tue Xbox One).

Amir

December 2, 2015, 3:13 am

You sound like someone who regrets their Xbox One purchase if anything. I see you are at stage 4 of the Xbox One acceptance cycle:

Zubeir

December 2, 2015, 10:32 am

Spot on :-)

Dead Words

December 2, 2015, 12:31 pm

No I just don't like the PS4. I owned an original Xbox and enjoyed it more than my PS2 (my Xbox lasted way longer and felt smooth the whole time) and then I went to an Xbox 360 and liked it more than the PS3 because of the controller and the backwards compatibility. The Xbox One had a shaky launch but the software improvements Microsoft has made to it make it a joy to use.

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