It won’t just be powering the PS5, apparently it was made specifically for PS5.
While Sony hasn’t officially confirmed a PS5 (unlike Microsoft, who revealed that an Xbox One successor is now under development at E3 last Sunday), there is little doubt that one is coming either way. Rumors and leaks have started to percolate, plus we’re at that time in the generation where it’s clear that a new one is about to begin.
And so, we come to this report- it’s a most curious one. According to a report posted on Forbes, AMD’s Navi architecture was apparently created specifically for Sony and the PS5. So it won’t just be powering the PS5- it was specifically made for the console. The development on the Navi architecture, in fact, apparently flat out disrupted development on Vega, leading to a final product that was less than satisfactory.
The other interesting thing- Navi was never referenced with respect to Microsoft at all. Which leads to three possibilities- either Microsoft won’t be using Navi (it will be exclusive to Sony), and they are using some other AMD solution, such as maybe Vega. Or Microsoft is using Navi, but the Forbes report’s sources were unaware of that fact. Or, finally, that Microsoft is not using an AMD solution for the next Xbox at all.
Whatever it is, it leads to an interesting situation for the two consoles next time around anyway. I can’t wait to see how the PS5 and the next Xbox stack up to one another when they do come out.