AMD’s A-series APUs Will Be Similar To PS4 APU
AMD's APU inside PS4 seems like a graphical monster compared to currently available PC APUs (CPU+iGPU combos). However, it seems that the gap will disappear even before PS4 launches. In an interview with The Inquirer, John Taylor, head of marketing for AMD's Global Business Units, said that a different version of the APU, without Sony's technology will be available for separate purchase later this year.
He said, "Everything that Sony has shared in that single chip is AMD [intellectual property], but we have not built an APU quite like that for anyone else in the market. It is by far the most powerful APU we have built to date, it leverages [intellectual property] that you will find in our A-series APUs later this year, our new generation of APUs but none that will quite be to that level of sheer number of cores, sheer number of teraflops."
It will be interesting to see which parts of APU are related to Sony and won't be appearing in the PC versions and how different the performance will be. Even if they cut it in half, we still look at good future choice for HTPCs and nettops. If AMD's representative didn't pull a Jen-Hsun Huang (by lying about the most powerful graphics), we can expect that Next Xbox won't be more powerful than PS4 (it also uses AMD APU). Finally, it's likely that powerful AMD APUs will find their way to living room Steam Box.