The last few months, every gamer came across some great news. Two of the biggest technology companies announced that they will be releasing shortly two gaming consoles. More specifically, Microsoft announced the release of a long-awaited Xbox (under the temporary name Project Scarlett) and Sony announced the release of Playstation 5. Both giants are estimated to launch their gaming consoles during the Christmas 2020 period.
After the sudden announcement, rumors began to circulate among gamers and on the Internet regarding the technical elements and specifications of each console. Patents and tech specs began circulating along with comparisons of which platform will be better. Representatives from both companies began dropping hints on interviews creating one of the bigger hypes the gaming world has ever seen.
Irregardless of which company and console will be and do better, there is a definite winner in this race. And this is AMD, a company that has been turning heads in the microprocessor market as well as in the game console market. Both Microsoft and Sony have chosen for their upcoming game consoles graphics cards from AMD. More specifically, both Playstation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett will be equipped with AMD processors. The PS5 will have an 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU and an AMD Radeon Navi GPU graphics card. The Xbox will run on an AMD Arcturus GPU and contain also an AMD Graphics card.
Why both companies chose AMD?
The American television channel CNBC recently had an interview with Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD. When asked about the work provided by her company in the field of video games, Lisa Su mentioned, without directly naming them, the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlet. She said:
“We are working with Sony and Microsoft on game consoles. Each one has its own secret recipe, recipe we are helping them prepare.”
This means that both consoles will be sharing some specifications. In each case, this is hugely beneficial for both AMD as well as for Microsoft and Sony. The reason those giants preferred and placed their trust in AMD, is because people and gamers need more computing power. And AMD has the experience, the expertise and the know-how to provide that.
Additionally, more and more game designers are implementing new technologies on their games, designing and creating games that are unique and great both in the interface environment as well as in the graphics departments. More and more games are taking advantage of augmented reality, virtual reality capabilities as well as cloud gaming, capabilities that require extra computing and graphics card power. Power that only a leader in the game console market such as AMD can provide.
In another interview with VentureBeat, the CEO of AMD mentioned that “Even though 2019 was a big product year, I think that 2020 will be an even larger product year for us.” Right now, we are not 100% certain about the form that PS5 and Xbox Scarlet will have. The launch dates for both consoles are not known but numerous opinions estimate that both will be launched in 2020.