Sony’s uber-popular PlayStation 5 may receive a new design and more efficient AMD chipset in an upcoming redesign for the console.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is the hot item right now, having sold millions of units in just a few short months. Even still, there’s still a huge PS5 shortage, thanks in part to an “underestimation of demand,” in addition to the current global semiconductor shortage. Six months after launch, shoppers are still waiting for PS5s to last more than a few seconds online, although it appears that might change soon.
According to an exclusive report by DigiTimes, the semiconductor manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is planning on producing a newly redesigned PS5 at some point during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2022. TSMC is the producer of dozens of semiconductor companies’ processors, including AMD which the new Xbox Series X and PS5 rely off.
Thanks to the global semiconductor shortage, brought about by high technology demand and reduced COVID-19 capacity, TSMC and the PS5 as a whole has been pretty scarce. This is the first step we have towards some normalcy, and it seems as though TSMC might be doing this to help remove some pressure on the company.
In addition to cranking out more processors, TSMC seems to be looking into producing AMD’s upcoming 6nm processors. When compared to the 7nm technology already in the PlayStation, 6nm is:
There are a lot of benefits that could come from a 6nm chip over a 7nm, although the notices in gaming might be slightly less apparent. You probably won’t notice the efficiency increase, or the easier production qualities. Even the performance jump might be only a little higher. At least, if it’s not a whole new processor….
The big change to the PS5 many have been hoping for, might be in the form of this redesign. Interestingly, the idea of a redesigned PS5 is quite premature, especially considering the release date would be around 2 years after the original PS5 released. The PS4 and PS4 Pro were separated by just under 3 years, and that was even considered a little rushed.
The technology that this upgraded chipset would put into the PS5 isn’t necessarily worth an entire new model. Minor increases in peformance, high increased in efficiency and cooling, and moderate price drops really aren’t worth a PS5 Pro. Especially when you think of the graphical difference between the PS4 and the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro came after a huge leap in CPU processing was unveiled, allowing the console to hit 4K for the first time ever.
The PS5 to PS5 Pro would add slight performance boosts. To an 8K console. There isn’t even a higher resolution that the company could shoot for, as 8K isn’t even widely adopted yet. Hell, it isn’t even adopted yet.
Ironically, in my personal, very professional opinion, this would be the perfect circumstance for a PS5 Mini. Yes, we have the Digital Edition, although the only difference is a disk slot. Since Sony can’t keep up with the demand for either of the PS5s currently available, they can use these easier-to-produce consoles as backup, as they advance a chip for a pro.
Cheaper, slightly faster, more efficient, cooler, and smaller, are all words that you’d probably want to hear for a prequel to the PS5, and it could be easily deliverable with this new processor. Yet again, if this is a whole-nother CPU, then that’s a different story. If it’s the same (or roughly the same) CPU as is on the PS5, but on 6nm, it would focus less on peformance.
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As always, the biggest issue is that we have no clue. There’s no way to verify DigiTimes’ sources, although it’s definitely worth it to imagine a more powerful or cheaper PS5. We can hope for a new PS5 with easier to produce CPUs, not only for the PlayStation fanboys, but also for the entire global economy.
Remember, we’re currently in a semiconductor recession, meaning that this new 6nm production could benefit more than just the PS5. Anyway, stay tuned to Statural.com for updates on the news as they come in, and we’ll make to update you as we learn more.
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