The PlayStation 3 might be only about halfway through its 10 year cycle, but that isn't stopping some from making predictions about the inside of the PlayStation 4. Technology writer Hiroshige Goto thinks Sony will be dropping the Cell processor from the PlayStation 3 in favor of a "PC-like multicore setup."
Goto's guess is based on some inter-industry conversations between Sony and game developers in which Sony asked what they wanted to see in the next-gen Sony system. After, I assume, careful consideration, Toshiba and IBM teamed with Sony to address the wants and needs of publishers. The result, according to Goto, may be a PS4 without a cell processor.
As for when we might see this Cell-less PlayStation 4, Goto predicts it could come as early as 2012. He says that because Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, are looking into architecture solutions now, the next generation will come in two years because it takes 24 months to take a system from concept to production.
Source: Andria Sang