PS4 will have many launch titles; Trying to replicate PS3 SPU Runtime System – Cerny

Sony has been pushing the fact that the PS4 is incredibly simple to develop for.

The console will be receiving many many titles at launch from first and third-party developers. One of the main reasons for this compared to the PS3 is that it is easier to create a game on the PS4.

Mark Cerny, lead architect of the system, revealed a lot of information to the Japanese press (via  GAF), and we have some details of that now.

“This will also lead to the main difference with the PS3 era,” he said. “The main difference is, we will have many titles for launch. Because game development is easier, there shouldn’t be a barrier as there had been previously.

“PS3 had the image that it was difficult to develop for. Even the PS2 wasn’t that easy. PS4 has a PC CPU and a GPU that’s been enhanced from a PC so the game lineup should become very rich.”

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He also revealed that they are trying to replicate the SPU Runtime System of the PS3. If you remember the SPUs were able to do little tasks very efficiently and at lightning speed, reducing the load off the GPU. Since the PS4 doesn’t have the Cell processor, there needs to be a different way achieve the same effect. Cerny explains how they are trying to accomplish this.

“We’re trying to replicate the SPU Runtime System (SPURS) of the PS3 by heavily customizing the cache and bus,” he said. “SPURS is designed to virtualize and independently manage SPU resources. For the PS4 hardware, the GPU can also be used in an analogous manner as x86-64 to use resources at various levels.

“This idea has 8 pipes and each pipe(?) has 8 computation queues. Each queue can execute things such as physics computation middle ware, and other proprietorially designed workflows. This, while simultaneously handling graphics processing.”

He also mentioned that developers probably won’t be using this functionality early on in the PS4’s lifecycle but later on this could become an extremely important function.

The PS4 will be launched this holiday season and more information will be released at E3. Most developers reacted positively at PS4 specs, and majority of them praised the 8GB GDDR5 RAM of the system.


  1. Laurence Smith

    March 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm


  2. mike

    March 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    A beast ps4, tons of AAA games at launch along with many small and cheap indie games,all running at 1080p, I say
    YES :)

  3. Ana Helušić

    March 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Way to go Sony, number 1

    • Jules

      March 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Mark Cerny, looks like a psychotic heroin addict as do you, but more so like a little boy that murdered his family with his controller in a fit of rage.
      The PS4’s specs are underwhelming and indie shovelware won’t save the tarnished PlayStation brand. They are last place, with everything they do.

      • Missy Ann Thrope

        March 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

        Jules, you are what they call in my neighborhood a tool. If you want to dispute the merits of the PS4, that’s fine. But do it with facts, not with character assassinations. Mark Cerny did more at the age of 18 than you will ever do by the time you reach retirement age. So eat it.

      • Sourav 'Zack' Sen

        March 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        Yet the PlayStation brand is above the Xbox brand this gen in terms of sales and quality of games.

        • Johnny

          March 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

          Quality…it has a 0.1% more in average on Metacritic, take that as you will. That’s negligible and insignificant.

          Number of games? No! 1600+ for Xbox 360, a little under 1200 for PS3. Oh yes.
          Games sales? Ha no! Xbox 360 has more than a 100 million unit in games sales lead on the PS3.

          Consoles sales? No again! Even by the official financial report numbers of both companies the PS3 is still in last place where the 360 still sport a 1.5 million lead.

          Suck it PStard!

          • larabath

            March 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            I was going to reply to you telling you how dumb you are by believing in a site like that one, but then I thought why should I feed the trolls?

          • Lamar Ford

            March 31, 2013 at 4:45 am

            Sorry but official reports have the PS3 ahead since January. And as far as games are concerned PS3 has wayyy more quality games that you can’t get else where.

          • Jack

            March 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

            Erm, no that was an IDC prediction report. The quarterly financial reports from both MS and Sony have the Xbox 360 still ahead with the 75.9 million and the PS3 at 74.5 million. Sorry bro, later bro!

      • TVippy

        March 31, 2013 at 5:38 am

        Well said.

    • Ana Helusic's pimp

      March 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Wow, you truly are a dumb brainless whore with no life on the internet and zero clientele, aren’t you? GTFO!

      • U got surved

        March 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        So what ur saying is that you are not a dumb brainless whore with no life on the internet insulting people because u suck at life? Wow, You could have fooled me :)

  4. mike

    March 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    With the ps3, only a couple of indie could afford to get a SKU, and have enough knowledge to correctly code and use the ps3 power. Only a few dared releasing a game.
    With the ps4 and its x86 architecture, hundreds of small yet talented developers will be able to easily code and make incredible games, and those who will want, they may still code to the metal,using the ultra low level Sony libraries, and create great new ways for displaying new effects, graphics, etc.
    I believe there will be tons of great games, like Zack zero, braid, limbo, etc. Tones of hours and fun, for little prices. Man, the ps4 is going to be an incredible system, for sure.
    Please , Sony, support the mkv and iso formats. If a guy can’t play an mob on the ps3/4, he will still play it on another system. Supporting those formats will transform the ps4 into the ultimate media player. I had to buy an oppo93 player for reading mkvs or isos, from my original bluray discs. Let the ps4 play my sacds, my DVDs audio, my 3d isos, my mkvs. Along with 4k video support, if it can handle big NTFS drives, many audiophiles will grab one. Think about that.

    • Jules

      March 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Relying on indies to save the PlayStation brand is the worst joke Sony could ever pull. It will destroy them and maybe the entire industry along with it.

      • TheCrazyGamer

        March 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        Uh oh, we have a Negative Nancy here. Here, let me make your day better: I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THE PS4!

      • Missy Ann Thrope

        March 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        “Relying on indies to save the PlayStation brand is the worst joke Sony could ever pull.”

        Yeah, because we all know what a tragedy that turned out for Apple and Google now, don’t we?

        • Thomas

          March 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          Sorry, to bust your balls on this one, but I agree with him.

          Phones were never designed to run high quality AAA games that cost a lot to make, consoles are and what’s worse is the fact that Sony are really making a push for this indie fling, mostly because the Vita is a flop and high profile devs avoid it like the plague (and secondly because they pushed all the wrong buttons with the PS3 in the dev community).

          I agree with Jules that this could unbalance the current gaming ecosystem and economy even more to the point where it simply crashes and nobody buys anything anymore as $1 games are already nearly worthless in most cases in both quality and price.

          • Lamar Ford

            March 31, 2013 at 4:50 am

            Sony is not trying to make Indie devs number 1 lol. The indie devs are just there to appeal to a wider audience. None of Sony’s in house developers are making “indie” quality games but AAA titles. Teams like EA and Capcom will do what they’ve always done. And as far as the Vita is concerned its turned around quite a bit in japan putting it near 360 in weekly numbers. PS Vita already has about 200 games slated for this year alone and atleast 20 of the ones I know are pretty big.

      • mike

        March 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        Himmelstrumer,braid,trine,journey,limbo,flower, marvel pinball,etc etc etc.
        If you had a ps3, instead of spending 20 hours a day playing halo and gears, you would realize that you can have tons of fun, during 5,10 or more hours, playing some great little gems, for a fraction of a full $60 game.

        Not everyone is OK to spend 60 bucks on a 5 hour single player campaign, like cod games, etc. The latest medal of honor game, I had played a few hours, and suddenly, the ending credits show up. I thought it was a bad joke.but was really the end.60 bucks!
        I’ve had much more fun playing 3-5$ games than playing most full priced games. A little pinball game from marvel pinball, for example, you can play it 10-20-30 hours, if you want. And extra levels cost less than 2$.

        So yes, for the ps4, lots of indie support is definitely a great addition.often, its about games that a regular studio wouldn’t dare making, because the game wouldn’t sell the 3-5 millions units they would dream of. But for an indie studio, selling like 10’000 units its already great numbers.

        For example, take Zack zero. Ign rated it badly, because they’re Sony haters.
        That game is simply’s now sold for about 5$.the team was made of 2 or 3 guys, that even had to mortgage their houses, so the bank gives them some money.but they still did the game, and it was really cool. A nice great platform action game. Many many hours of gameplay, great graphics, etc, for like 5-6$.

        Not everybody can afford to buy a 60$ game each month.those small indie games are perfect for the wallet, and offer great new experiences we can hardly get, even on full price games.

        Sure, with your comment, everything is said and done. For you, only halo,gears,forza and fable are real games. Everything else, is shit.and you hate everything that has a Sony logo on it. Don’t spend your time replying, your little buddies are waiting for you online, for playing some halozzz and gearzzzz. See ya.

  5. EveryDayIsRealLife

    March 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Sony is back with vengeance with the PS4, I have read nothing but great things about PS4, I know they will deliver once it arrives…I cant wait!

  6. Albert Belle

    March 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    @ Jules.You are such an idiot.They aren’t relying only on indies they are adding them to their line up.Besides indie game they have a lot of AAA games coming our way from both first and third party.So the PS4 will have a more variety of games at different prices for all different types of people.More options for their customers.People like indie games there is no arguing that but people still like their AAA titles.Sony is branching out and creating more options for us and themselves. The fact that you could talk such crap and get agrees or people defending you shows the level IQ gamers have reached. Even if Sony didn’t support indie developers someone else would of and they would be getting the profits off of it.And BTW who gives a $hit if you think the PS4 is underpowered.As long as the developers like it and are making games for it who cares what you think? You are so obviously a Sony hater trying to rant on about rubbish while pretending you have a point of some sort.But you are just another mindless ranter.All that hot air and you have said nothing of value.

  7. Josué B. Hernández

    March 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Replicating PS3 SPU runtime could mean that’s possible to achive PS3 emulation later? I would love to play My PS3 discs on PS4.. specially Fighting games like Soul Calibur V or tekken that will take time to release on PS4..

  8. Tisoyboy2

    March 31, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Why do people hate the console when its the developers that choose which system to make a better game for? Its quite silly when you realize where the source of the problem is. The PS3 has always had the potential for better quality games. Its the devs that need to do their jobs and earn that $60 game charge! Cause the true fact is, that Microsoft and developers make more money with the 360 and its not because of quality. You want proof? I’ll give you a great example. Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick, admitted during an interview that the $10 XBL subscription increase was for them because they claimed that over 60% of the users were playing CoD. In exchange, they also gave Microsoft the 30 day exclusive for DLC. This did not increase the quality of the game in any way. There are things that people dislike about all the consoles. But people focused on the PS3’s higher introductory price and not what mattered. In truth, Sony offered more features at a much lower profit margin then Microsoft. Features that people bashed Sony for but Microsoft, years later, are just now trying to incorporate.

  9. hesoyamdonMonster

    March 31, 2013 at 4:13 am

    so those that mean ps3 games can work on ps4 some how

  10. Jay Shah

    March 31, 2013 at 8:29 am


    Clearly you are an xbox fan-boy who feels has to besmirch others just so you gain some satisfaction. If you have done even 10% of what Mr. Cerny has achieved I would be surprised as your inadequacy shine through in your comments.

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