Hypothesis of a PS5 Pro mannequin has been reignited on account of a job itemizing by AMD for a System-on-Chip (SOC) Verification Engineer to be a part of “the crew behind the chip powering Xbox, PlayStation, and the newest RDNA graphics chip.” Whereas there are rumors saying that this new chip is for the PlayStation 6, a mid-step improve to the PS5 appears extra probably.
How the PS5 Professional may very well be powered by this AMD “next-generation” chip
In accordance with the job itemizing on LinkedIn (as noticed by Dualshockers), AMD is trying to find an engineer to affix its crew in Markham, Canada “for the next-generation chip growth undertaking.” Particularly, the crew can be “engaged on [the] subsequent era of a fancy SOC design.”
Combining this itemizing with a report on DigiTimes, evidently Sony is asking its manufacturing companions to start manufacturing of an upgraded PS5 inside a 12 months or two. The redesigned console is anticipated to be each cheaper and simpler to supply, which ought to cut back the unit’s value level and reduce the affect of the chip shortage that has negatively impacted global PS5 sales. So it’s no marvel that some anticipate this to be the PS5 Professional, although Sony and its companions haven’t confirmed the report in any approach.
In accordance with the report, this up to date model of the PS5 may even apparently make the most of a brand new fabrication course of by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm) that includes the N6 (6 nm) as an alternative of the present N7 expertise. TSMC believes that this new course of will tremendously profit shoppers, as acknowledged on its website:
…[I]ts design guidelines are absolutely suitable with TSMC’s confirmed N7 expertise, permitting its complete design ecosystem to be reused. In consequence, it gives a seamless migration path with a quick design cycle time with very restricted engineering assets for patrons not solely to realize the product advantages from the brand new expertise providing but additionally can considerably cut back prospects’ product design cycle time and time-to-market.
It’s unclear if this redesigned chip is for the suspected PS5 Professional, the PS6, or maybe a part of an annual improve revision for the PS5. Whether or not these technical enhancements will result in financial savings for shoppers is troublesome to foretell, because the PS5 stays one of many prime targets for scalpers.