Sony Hearts AMD
We know that Sony is working hand-in-hand with Radeon Technologies Group GPU engineers on the next-gen Navi architecture specifically for use in the PlayStation 5, but whatever Navi turns out to be it'll offer Radeon RX Vega 64 and GeForce GTX 1080 level performance. Both of those cards as specific SKUs respective to AMD and NVIDIA can't handle 4K 60FPS gaming let alone 4K 120FPS gaming, let alone 8K 60FPS gaming, let alone 8K 120FPS gaming. There's a lot of "let alone" in that sentence, but it's for effect... and I have a point.
Remember that the Vega GPU architecture was made as a custom chip for Apple, then pretty much disregarded by the company and sticky taped onto the Radeon RX Vega range. It was never meant to be a direct PC graphics card as it was made for another use, just like the previous-gen Polaris GPU, the first custom GPU made under the Raja Koduri led RTG team.
Polaris was made for the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles, beefier versions of the widely successful Xbox One, Xbox One S and PS4 consoles. What's inside of the Xbox One X to provide it with its 4K-capable gaming and 6 TFLOPs of performance is something between the Radeon RX 470 and RX 580. Vega is much more powerful again albeit at higher resolutions like 2560x1440 and 4K, while Navi will offer similar to Vega 10 (Radeon RX Vega 64) performance but at much better thermals and power consumption.
This is one big fact people don't seem to get: AMD has been making GPUs for other people for years, and then making a graphics card out of the best parts of it - and tacking on more compute units (CUs) as the TDP can be cranked up on a graphics card versus the limitations of heat and power inside of a console. AMD sells tens of millions of chips under its semi-custom umbrella, something AMD CEO Lisa Su has been concentrating on for many years now.
AMD has in those years, positioned itself perfectly to unleash the Ryzen CPU family into the PC market and has completely dominated in all areas: marketing, sales, pushing Intel back and into making business moves we haven't seen them do in 20 years, performance, delivering products on time, and expanding Ryzen into Threadripper, and EPYC. This is because AMD built the system from the top down, thinking about EPYC and then trickling down smaller clusters of CPU cores into Threadripper, and then Ryzen.
Zen will find a home inside of the new PlayStation 5 console, right next to a custom made Navi GPU. Sony's direct input will allow them to have some serious control and flexibility almost in a never-before-seen fashion. Sure, Sony had direct input into the Cell CPU used inside of its PS3 console, but it had NVIDIA provide the G70 (known as the NV47) 'reality synthesizer' or RSX.
This time around we're looking at a custom Zen and Navi combination from AMD, where 4K 60FPS is truly on the table. Remember that Sony creating a base line with a new 8C/8T or even 8C/16T processor and a 4K 60FPS-capable GPU like a custom Navi chip, can provide developers with the world of making games that far exceed what we have now as the entire baseline of console performance skyrockets.
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