Evidence For More Powerful Consoles Continues To Mount
At this point, it's not a question of "if" but "when."
The evidence for new, more powerful video game consoles continues to roll in; this time courtesy of leading chip-maker AMD.
As originally reported by GamesIndustry.biz, AMD CEO Lisa Su referenced three impending "design wins" for the company's Semi-Custom unit. If you didn't already know, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U all use some form of AMD tech and Su told investors and analysts that these new "design wins" should bring in $1.5 billion for AMD in the next few years.
She added that not all three designs will be available in 2016. It's really the wording that matters:
"In addition [to the new design wins] we have our current game console business as well. So when you look at the aggregate of that, we do expect to start ramping that new business in the second half of the year. But we also expect the seasonal uplift of our traditional game console business. So that's adding to what we expect will be a strong year for Semi-Custom overall."
Yeah, it's that "new business" part that grabs the eye. With the still-mysterious Nintendo NX looming somewhere on the horizon, Microsoft's admittedly vague allusions to a new Xbox One, and all this PS4K talk, it certainly seems like Su is referring to a new round of game machines.
Last we heard, the new PS4 - code-named "Neo" - supposedly boasts CPU, GPU and RAM upgrades, and it will offer gamers "Ultra HD graphics" while not entirely replacing the current PS4 unit. The idea is that there will be a less powerful console for the casual crowd and the high-end model for the core crowd.
Honestly, though, that core crowd of gamers who already have the PS4 aren't sold on the idea. What do you feel? Anger or excitement?
4/22/2016 9:21:01 PM Ben Dutka