Next-Gen Consoles to be Powered by AMD, 5x Perf./Watt and VR Ready
AMD will reportedly be powering the next generation of consoles, which are expected to be ready by 2018.
According to a report from WCCFTech, the US-based chip maker is planning to provide the next round of APUs that are based on its GCN architecture. The consoles equipped with those chips will be able to achieve at least 5x the performance/watt of the current generation, with approximately the same power draw.
That means we should expect at least 1080p 60FPS at a bare minimum, while die shrinks and process maturity could make consoles much more cooler and slimmer. The company is confident that it will be able to provide said chips to console manufacturers by 2018, which coinincides with the timeframe for the arrival of next-gen consoles.
Further, the report claims that AMD will be shifting its focus to VR capabilities, meaning the next-gen consoles will be based around the virtual reality.
The current generation consoles just don’t have the necessary GPU horsepower to drive high resolutions with sustained high frame rates of VR headsets – for instance, 2160×1200 @90fps in case of the Oculus Rift. Considering AMD’s architecture will likely be 5 times as capable by 2018, we can definitely expect consoles to be VR based.
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