Sony and AMD have worked together closely for the making of the upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5). The console will be powered by a custom-built graphics, based on the AMD Navi architecture.
The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.
On an interview with CNBC Mad Money’s Jim Crammer, AMD CEO Lisa Su said that 2019 was going to be a “big year” for the company. She discussed AMD’s partnership with Sony and teased a “secret sauce” to be powered by AMD’s chip.
We are so honoured and proud to be part of Sony’s next-generation PlayStation. This has been a really long-term partnership with them. We love gaming. We think gaming is a really good secular growth market. What we have done with Sony is really architect something for their application, for their special sauce. It’s a great honor for us. We’re really excited about what the next generation PlayStation will do. And happy to be a part of it.
Although there is not any news of the console’s specifications, it is expected that the PlayStation 5 will be a very powerful console. Benji-Sales recently tweeted that the PS5 devkit is running a nearly 13TF GPU. The tweet was later deleted by him but you can read the tweet on the screenshot posted below.
We can safely say that the console will feature a GPU that will support ray tracing and that it will be powered by a CPU based on the 3rd-Gen of AMD’s Ryzen series. It won’t release before the next 12 months at the least, according to a tweet.
-No next-gen PlayStation launch over next 12 months
-PS Now has been ave. 40% annual growth since launch, now 700,000 users
-Much of Y31.1 billion (difference between past fy op vs this fy op outlook) to be invested to develop next PlayStation console
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 26, 2019
Further updates and rumors will be posted as the unannounced release date draws closer, so stay tuned.