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AMD will provide the “secret sauce” for the next generation of consoles

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Of course there’s a new PlayStation coming. Likewise, there’s most certainly a new Xbox One coming in the relatively near future. This generation of consoles has done exceedingly well, and the two biggest traditional consoles have both been powered by AMD.

It was almost guaranteed that AMD would be supplying the guts for the next generation of consoles, and in an interview with CNBC, AMD boss Lisa Su confirmed as much.

“We’re working with both Sony and Microsoft on consoles,” Su said, adding that “they both have their secret sauce that we’re helping them do.”

It was long speculated that the next generation of consoles will run on AMD’s Vega GPU tech, but it’s increasingly likely that the new system will use AMD’s impending future architecture, Navi. It’s unsurprising that AMD will supply the hardware for the next consoles; Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has stated a need for both backwards and forwards compatibility, so sticking with AMD’s X-86 architecture is a given.

My only hope with the new consoles is that they use something with a little more CPU power. The current Jaguar APUs that power the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are fine, but the whole architecture was designed for embedded hardware, tablets and micro PCs – and is the one thing that’s holding the PS4 and Xbox One back.

Su’s mention of secret sauce is funny too, though there’s almost no doubt that the secret sauce in both consoles will end up being the same thing, just with slightly different implementations as we saw this generation.

Either way, whichever console ends up “winning” the next gen, the real winner is AMD who’ll be supplying the chips for both. And for the past while, AMD really has been a winner, turning around its desktop, server and even GPU business around. A lot of that has to do with its custom SOCs in applications like consoles. Nvidia has previously laughed off the idea of that sort of business being profitable, but now that they’re supplying the Tegra X1 chips in the phenomenally successful Switch, they may have changed their tune.

Last Updated: September 13, 2018


  1. G8crasha

    September 13, 2018 at 09:48

    Now if only AMD could dethrone Nvidia in the PC gaming world, all would be wonderful!


    • Mark Treloar

      September 13, 2018 at 11:29

      And then what? AMD has a monopoly? How does that work out well for anyone?


    • Mark Treloar

      September 13, 2018 at 11:29

      And then what? AMD has a monopoly? How does that work out well for anyone?


      • G8crasha

        September 13, 2018 at 12:16

        Nvidia pretty much has a monopoly over discrete desktop GPUs. And the intention would not be to establish a monopoly. Right now, I doubt Nvidia feels very threatened by AMD. If AMD dethroned them, competition would increase, costs would drop for the end purchaser, and progress would be leaps and bounds ahead of where it is now.


  2. Pieter Kruger

    September 13, 2018 at 10:16

    Interesting also is the game streaming partnership between AMD & Microsoft, with the unmatched collabaration between these 2 industry giants with the XB1X, they seem to be BBF’s at this point. I think both consoles will have 4k/60fps as standard with all the bells & whistles attached no problem! I just hope I can take my library of 3 generations of BC games along to the nextbox!


  3. Paul

    September 13, 2018 at 12:39

    Does anyone remember the secret sauce for the PS4?, what was it Sony called it, ah yeah, it was a supercharged PC lol where in reality it was a low end cpu and mid level gpu at the time.

    They really need to give up with this bull shit of secret sauce with consoles because it only fools the ones that want to be fooled by it which are mostly console fanboys that will buy any turd that hits the market just as long as it’s got the Sony name on it lol.

    Anyway, back to the souce, does anyone think it’s about ray tracing? because I have a feeling thats what it could be.


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