Battlefield 4 producer: Nobody knows final hardware specs for PS4 and next Xbox

Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 in February but has only given the barest of hardware specs for its next generation console. Microsoft hasn't even announced the successor for the Xbox 360 game console, but there's been plenty of Internet leaks that allegedly go into detail about what will be inside the next Xbox.

But will the final hardware of the PS4 and the next Xbox end up being different than what's been presented in the Internet rumors? Computer and Video Games chatted with Patrick Bach, the executive producer for the Battlefield first person shooter series at Electronic Arts's DICE studio. He stated:

I don't know if anyone has the next-gen hardware to be honest - really. There are versions of it, but does anyone have the final hardware? Do we really know what the final hardware will be? There are specs and alpha hardware, but nobody knows exactly what it will be.

That's an interesting statement, and it seems to imply that both Sony and Microsoft could make hardware changes to their next-gen game consoles before they finally launch.

DICE and EA revealed Battlefield 4 earlier this week with a long 17 minute in-game trailer. The trailer shows pre-alpha footage for the Frostbite 3-based game and Bach says, "Without going into detail about what it could look like on a lower spec machine or a higher spec machine, we will have the scalability to bring the most out of any piece of hardware." The game is due out in the fall of 2013, around the time where both the PS4 and the rumored next Xbox are supposed to launch.

Source: Computer and Video Games

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Why would anyone ever play a BF game on a console?

It's like turning up to a track day event for some racing and then realizing you have a pontiac aztek.

I'd like to see them up the bluetooth support from 2.1 to 4.0 and the optical drive to BDXL (128GB) Neither would break anything developers are doing.

Not that I think the specs will change, but the ones they released had a "* Specifications are subject to change without notice." note under them.

Jdawg683 said,
didnt Sony tell the public the hardware specs during the February press conference?

Details on the CPU are still vague, they just state it's a modified AMD Jaguar, with nothing to tell about frequencies or what are those modifications.

How are the hardware specifications still so up in the air with the consoles coming out at the end of this year?

mrp04 said,
How are the hardware specifications still so up in the air with the consoles coming out at the end of this year?

Clearly you don't remember the last time Sony decided to get ahead of itself with it's 'Specs'.

mrp04 said,
How are the hardware specifications still so up in the air with the consoles coming out at the end of this year?

Because Sony and Microsoft both like to enter with specs as low as possible. High enough to be considered powerful and competitive with PCs from 2013. But low enough to be more affordable then a gaming PC and a competitor to other consoles.

It just so happens that Sony doesnt know what Microsoft will offer and vice versa. Sony has already increased its RAM based on leaks about the NextBox.

Tony. said,

Clearly you don't remember the last time Sony decided to get ahead of itself with it's 'Specs'.

PS3 with its two HDMI ports, ton of USB's and Boomerang controller.

I find it very hard to believe Sony doesn't know what MS has and vice versa. The same devs will be developing for both consoles and will likely just flat out tell them, and Sony and MS employees probably have contacts inside the respective companies.

I highly doubt there will be changes. I reckon they are just on about cpu, gpu and memory frequencies, those can only be determined on the final silicon by doing loads of stress testing and temperature and power testing.

Well the PS4 seems to have changed it's specs just before it was announced. Leaked specs showed it had 4GB RAM, and these leaks were accurate about everything else. Sony obviously bumped it to 8GB purely because other leaks show the next Xbox will have that.