PlayStation 4 has dedicated audio processor

PlayStation 4 audio chipPlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny is always eager to talk about the hardware inside the PlayStation 4. He recently revealed that the PlayStation 4 has a dedicated audio processing chip, which is used to compress and decompress audio streams and various formats. This frees up some of the CPU power for other tasks.

The custom audio chip in the PlayStation 4 also deals with the voice chat system. However, the main sound and audio in the game, such as effects etc, is processed by the GPU. The GPU has general purpose cores, which can be used for physics, audio, and other aspects of the game.

The PlayStation 4 features an AMD GPU with 18 compute units, which is 50% more powerful on paper than the GPU found in the Xbox One, which only has 12 compute units.

Recently, Cerny gave an in-depth presentation about how the PlayStation 4 was created, and compared it to previous PlayStation consoles.

Via Eurogamer

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  • Madmagican

    so audio’s all taken care of and the CPU has more room to breathe
    …okay

  • Mark Thom

    SWEET PS4 THE WAY TOO GO!!!

  • Craig Thornton

    Mark Cerny = The Messiah of gaming.

  • alberty29

    every day I’m more convinced I was correct wen I reserve the ps4

    • Seth A. Yellin

      18 for the PS4 and 12 for the XBOX dONE….50% more with the PS4 with not even double the count. ;D <3 XBOX dONE 720P 180 NSAdvdCable box. LOLOL xDD

  • sony did the right thing in making an American lead architect

  • Ducked

    Audio is safe. Good, I can get off the phone with PlayStation police right?

    I get anxious when games aren’t being revealed!

  • bizzy gie

    So uh…will this make porn sound better?

  • Sdudyoy

    Cool, I really doubt this was needed but It’s cool I guess.

  • Mark

    Wow, that’s pretty cool! I also remember the Sega Saturn had a dedicated audio chip; if you hooked that thing to a high quality stereo and what not, the sound just blew you away. Can’t wait to hear what the audio on the PS4 sounds like!

  • NintendoNoob

    MMMMM!!! I HEARS MAH 9.1 SURROUND!!

  • Katisnotinthegame

    Sony always wins baby!

  • Seth A. Yellin

    18 for the PS4 and 12 for the XBOX dONE….50% more with the PS4 with not even double the count. ;D <3 XBOX dONE 720P 180 NSAdvdCable box. LOLOL xD