By now its quite certain that AMD’s 7nm Zen2 and Navi chips will be powering the next-gen consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 5. We recently heard about AMD’s Gonzalo chip that is said to be the SoC behind one of the upcoming devices. The 7nm SKU was a qualification sample, seemingly prepped for production. Now according to a report from Digitimes, the AMD CPUs and GPUs that’ll fuel Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be ready by the third quarter of 2020, with a scheduled release in the latter half of the year.

AMD Zen2

The sources from the IC back-end services sector noted that the processors’ packaging and testing will be handled by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL). With GlobalFoundries abandoning the development of the 7nm process, AMD has been outsourcing 7nm chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and the volumes are expected to make AMD one of the top clients of the Taiwan-based foundry. TSMC and ASE declined to comment on specific clients or orders.

Digitimes

Along with Huawei, AMD is one of the top clients of TMSC’s 7nm wafers, with the company’s entire upcoming lineup expected to leverage the node. This includes the Zen 2 or Ryzen 3000 CPUs as well as the Navi 10 GPU rumored to launch at E3 2019. The PlayStation 5 will most likely render mainstream titles at 1440p, with first-party exclusives possibly pushing it up to 4K (30FPS). Sony’s next-gen console will apparently have backward compatibility, allowing the installation of games from the previous iterations of the PS family.

Microsoft has been real busy as of late, prepping its Scarlett lineup of Xbox consoles, with a total of three devices. Maverick, meant for streaming and light gaming, Lockhart, the successor to the Xbox One and finally, Anaconda, the ultimate gaming platform from MS for all those who want the eye-candy of 4K. The announcement should come at this year’s E3. Sony being absent this year means that they’ll have the entire stage to themselves.

Lastly, if you are wondering, it’s unlikely that we’ll be hearing anything official about the PS5 before 2020. So yeah, better tuck yourself in and be sure to keep an eye on Computex and E3 to get an idea of the silicon behind the next-gen consoles.

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