Sony and Microsoft consoles have jerked the gaming industry throughout the decennia. The duo of consoles has towered over all the alternatives. Thus, both franchises have had a friendly-rival relationship that has pushed the standards of consoles to the moon in each generation. Next-generation consoles have been dominated by the duo of platforms, both presenting an incredible roster of exclusive games. However, it’s not uncommon for both goliaths to evolve their consoles through each generation. We have seen this happen in the previous generation, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One getting upgraded models to compete with the innovative times.
The next-generation consoles were hardly unveiled a year-and-a-half ago; nevertheless, plans for upgrades in the AMD SoC already loom over the industry. Sony and Microsoft have made it evident that they aim to keep the hardware-oriented consoles booming for a generation or two. Recently, a job listing on the AMD website for the SOC Verification Engineer position at the company’s corporate office in Markham, Ontario, Canada revealed that a new set of AMD SoCs (system-on-chip) is already in the works.
Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are utilizing custom SoCs developed by AMD since the current generation; it was assumed that this chip would be used for future generations, too. As the job listing notes, the team that developed the well-famed custom SoCs for the Xbox and PlayStation consoles is already planning to brew up a next-generation SoC.
“We are currently looking for a System-on-Chip Verification Engineer who will be part of a team working on the next generation of a complex SOC design,” mentions the description for the job listing. The most likely need for the SoC ought to be the next models of the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. There is another possibility that the enhanced SoCs could be for future consoles altogether.
The listing affirms that the next iteration of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X is going to incorporate an RDNA-based SoC from AMD. Knowing Microsoft and Sony, they could already be developing the future consoles to keep apace, and the SoCs could be embedded in them instead. There were rumors a year prior concerning a redesign of the PlayStation 5 in the works, so the idea is not entirely outlandish.
Moreover, the games releasing on these platforms are becoming more demanding with the flow of time. Even for next-generation consoles, this ought to exhaust all their power eventually. Based on previous generations, we may start hearing buzzes regarding the next iteration of these consoles in the coming months.