In July we had seen leaks ragarding a new Cloud based ‘streaming Xbox’ that was in development. This was essentially a cheap low powered gaming console that would use the cloud gaming platform to stream games online.
We have just received more news regarding the processor that it’ll be using and it turns out to be a semi-custom AMD Picasso APU that was recently uncovered.
The decision was made because of the low price and great performance to power consumption ratio of the chip.
The primary focus for this Streaming Xbox is on hardware based deep learning in both the servers as well as the Picasso APU to prevent latency issues that are very likely on cloud gaming. The network will be learning how to predict the actions of the player to reduce this latency.
“We’ve enabled compatibility with existing and future Xbox games by building out custom hardware for our datacenters that leverages our years of console and platform experience. We’ve architected a new customizable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it. We will scale those custom blades in datacenters across Azure regions over time.” – Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Software Engineering
The specifications of the Ryzen 3000 AMD Picasso APU also got leaked via GeekBench. The Ryzen 5 3500U comes with four cores and eight threads, with a base clock frequency of 2.10 GHz, 2MB of L2 Cache, 4MB of L3 Cache, and a TDP of 15W.