Sony's announcement Friday of a Playstation event on Feb. 20 has sparked a flurry of news on the PS4. According to a report from a Sony insider, the company is not focusing on the hardware for its console out-muscling what Microsoft is planning with its next Xbox (aka Xbox 720).
"The war won't be won by producing the most powerful system," the Sony insider is reported to have told UK gaming website, CVG.
Instead, the company is focusing on taking on the rival Xbox 720 with a "well organised and timely console launch."
The launch of the Playstation 3 was took a hit when it came out a year after the Xbox 360 and at a more expensive price. Sony looks to avoid those problems this time around by forgoing the vaunted Cell architecture and building the PS4 with less exotic components. This reportedly includes an eight-core AMD CPU clocked at 1.6GHz using the Liverpool system on a chip that includes a GPU, AMD’s ‘R10XX’ architecture for the GPU, 4GB of DDR5 RAM, and a Blu-ray drive.
Still, the surprise success of the Xbox 360 was not due to its hardware components as much as it was to the services it provided through Xbox LIVE, the software and tools it provided to developers to create games plus the business relations it struck for exclusive deals with Activision and the like. That's why Sony can't focus solely on hardware.