Is Microsoft planning an early upgrade for its consoles? (pic: Microsoft)
Microsoft is planning to upgrade both models of next gen Xbox with faster clock speeds and more processing cores claims a new rumour.
Despite it only changing a screw and shrinking the heat sink the new model of PlayStation 5 console has generated a huge amount of controversy in the last few weeks, but it seems as if Microsoft has much more drastic changes planned for its next gen consoles.
That’s according to leaker Moore’s Law is Dead, who claims that Microsoft is planning a new version of the Xbox Series S console that will use new 6nm APUs (AMD’s processors which includes a CPU and a GPU on the same chip) that allow the console to use additional processing cores disabled because of poor yields for the current 7nm APUs.
The current Xbox Series S model has around 4 teraflops of compute power and a move to 6nm APUs could increase that to over 5 teraflops. While this would involve a price increase, supposedly the idea is still to keep it below the cost of a PlayStation 5.
Since Microsoft refuses to release hardware sales data about its consoles it’s hard to tell exactly how well the Xbox Series S sells in comparison to the more expensive Series X but the cheaper console has been easy to purchase for several months now, suggesting it’s not in as high demand.
However, Microsoft has found that there’s a higher attach rate for Game Pass on the Xbox Series S and since that’s now the focus of their business they want to make both a more powerful Xbox Series S and sell the current version at an even cheaper price.
Or at least that’s what the leaker claims, who also suggests that the Xbox Series X will be upgraded to 6nm APUs in 2023 – resulting in a similar power boost. This in turn is supposed to be a counter to the PlayStation 5 Slim model, which is alleged to be launching in late 2022.
As with any similar rumour there’s no evidence for any of this and Sony and Microsoft are unlikely to hint at plans for new models until they’re almost ready for launch (or they’d put people off buying the current ones).
No mention is made of a Pro model for any of the consoles but certainly Slim editions, which take advantage of new manufacturing techniques, are standard for all modern consoles – although usually they don’t start to appear until around three years into a console’s lifetime.
But then nothing has been usual about this generation so far…
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