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PS5 is 'quite a beast', could be revealed this year

PS5 teased, will pack 'AMD Navi as its base architecture' with Zen CPU and 2018 release

By: Anthony Garreffa from Apr 4, 2018 @ 6:26 CDT

Last year we exclusively revealed that an industry source of ours said the PlayStation 5 would feature a discrete GPU, but now more rumors are coming - but you'll need to spend $1000 just to read the article.


SemiAccurate is behind the latest report, which was summarized on Reset Era:

  • Uses AMD's Navi as its base architecture, not specifically using Navi.
  • CPU is Zen
  • Large amount of devkits have apparently gone out.
  • Author suggests 2018 release of PS5 is not out of the question based on the amount of devkits released
  • VR "goodies" baked in at the Silicon level. (Sony not giving up on PSVR any time soon is what I think)

I can see Navi making its way into the PS5, just like 'some' of the Vega GPU architecture made it into the refreshed PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. But, I wouldn't be expecting "OMG Navi is in PS5, next-gen Radeon confirmed!' just yet. The big upgrade will come from the Zen CPU architecture, where I'm hoping we see a true beast (6C/12T @ 4GHz would be nice) and a beefy discrete GPU and not some Navi-infused APU.

My source said 10 months ago now that the PS5 would indeed feature a discrete GPU, so now I'm very interested to see what Sony's next console begins to materialize as. Especially the whole tease that "large amount of devkits" have been sent out to developers, and a 2018 release... that would be a game changer.

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