A job posting reveals that AMD is already at work on the SoC that will power the next game consoles.
The news is doing the rounds of the web, and it is enticing. A job offer published on LinkedIn reveals that the manufacturer AMD is already at work on the development of a new chip for game consoles. From the introduction of the offer, we can indeed read that it concerns ” the team behind Xbox and PlayStation chip design ” research ” for the development of a next-generation chip “.
PlayStation 5 Pro or PlayStation 6?
The job offer specifically concerns an engineer in the design team of SoCs, the chips that integrate both CPU and GPU elements and are used in particular in game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
The information is not really surprising, AMD is already the partner of Sony and Microsoft since the PS4 and Xbox One. It has therefore been three generations of machines that the two manufacturers have trusted AMD as a working partner, four even in the case of Microsoft if we take into account the GPU of the Xbox 360 already signed Radeon. It is precisely this continuity that has allowed the PS5 and the Xbox Series X and S to offer backward compatibility so easily. Continuing to work with AMD on the next consoles also makes it possible to perpetuate this compatibility at a lower cost.
Especially since here we do not know if we are already talking about a new generation of console, like the transition from a PS4 to a PS5, or half a generation, like what was proposed with the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. Shortage of components obliges, the manufacturers will perhaps not seek to create intermediate models for this generation. Even the classic Slim models may seem difficult to imagine insofar as miniaturization no longer allows the same price reduction as before.
A promising power gain
If we just take the raw technical data, the Xbox Series X represents the best AMD could offer in 2020 with a 3.6 GHz AMD Zen 2 processor and an RDNA 2 graphics chip at 56 Compute Units to reach 12 TFlops.
A next-generation chip is expected to benefit from the RDNA 3 architecture planned for the end of the year on the Radeon 7000s. This is a significant change for AMD which plans to adopt the MCM design, Multi-Chip Module , which should make the architecture more modular than monolithic. That’s what Ryzen processors have done so well in recent years. The raw power of the fastest RDNA 3 graphics chip is expected to exceed 70 TFlops, far from the 23 TFlops offered by the current Radeon 6900 XT. Obviously, it’s not as powerful a chip as one should find in a consumer game console, but that lets imagine the leap in performance from one generation to the next.
We can also and above all expect a strong increase in ray tracing performance, which remains one of the great difficulties of our contemporary consoles.
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