PS4 Neo? Check. Nintendo NX? Check. Xbox Two? Maybe.
Chip manufacturer AMD has dropped the second hint in as many weeks that all three platform holders are very much gearing up for new hardware launches.
Ars Technica reports that in an earnings call the company cited three semi-custom system-on-chip (SOC) "wins" as the reason for its increased revenue estimates.
Most of AMD’s SOCs are the innards of our current consoles, and CEO Lisa Su even confirmed that the new parts were linked to the "semi-custom business and gaming" and that they are for "a different console or a new console," as opposed to "the current generation".
Apparently the company has as of this quarter begun ramping” toward at least one device and says that all three will have launched by 2017.
As to the identity of its customers, Su stated: "I don’t believe we’ve gone through any detail about what those wins are. I’d prefer to let that come out as our customers are ready to launch."
AMD has already been tipped as the manufacturer for the innards of the all but confirmed PS4 Neo. And as the current supplier of SOCs for Xbox One and also makes the Wii U’s GPU, it’s very likely it will have signed on the dotted line for both the NX (which could very well dump the Wii U’s IBM CPU in favour of a full AMD SOC) and rumoured Xbox revamp.
The site does add that it’s possible that two of the three SOCs could be accounted for by NX, which is believed to consist of both a base unit and a handheld – both of which could house custom AMD chips.
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