Japanese multinational company Sony will be hosting it’s Sony PlayStation E3 2018. It will be focussed more on the games. Behind the scenes, the company is silently working on its next-gen console– the PS5. PlayStation 5 is expected to release in 2020. It will be using AMD’s Navi GPU.
Earlier speculations had suggested that the console would even be using AMD’s Ryzen CPU tech. AMD might even be involved in the GPU of PS5. This was all revealed by WCCFtech. The publication claimed, “sources intimately familiar with the entire situation”. The report quietly explains as to why AMD didn’t announce a new GPU at Computex 2018.
Before mentioned that AMD’s map for Navi is on Sony, the report states, “The margins are low, but the volume is high and the net income is consistent. Catering to gamers was not part of the win-condition; making AMD a viable, financially robust company was. Here is a fun fact: Vega was designed primarily for Apple and Navi is being designed for Sony – the PS5 to be precise”.
It further goes, “This meant that the graphics department had to be tied directly to the roadmap that these semi-custom applications followed. Since Sony needed the Navi GPU to be ready by the time the PS5 would launch (expectedly around 2020) that is the deadline they needed to work on. Similarly, for Vega, Apple’s timeline is what actually dictated the release of the GPU and not the other way around. AMD’s Radeon graphics cards were intricately tied to the industry’s semi-custom roadmaps by design and that is something that a lot of people disagreed with. This is also what, I suspect, precipitated the departure of key executives including the RTG boss, Raja Koduri.”
According to Phoronix, Simon Pilgrim is the principal programmer at Sony. He has been working on AMD Ryzen microarchitecture support “within the LLVM compiler stack.” This was revealed by his Linkedin profile.
LLVM is used in the development kit of PS4.
Earlier, PlayStation boss John Kodera had mentioned that to Bloomberg Japan that PS4 has entered the final stage of its life. He also said that Sony will spend the next three years “preparing for the future”.