Despite the rapid rise of cloud technology and different subscription services, it is pretty much clear that we will eventually see atleast one more generation of console hardware for Xbox and PlayStation. Both the gaming giants, Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment must be eager to continue the hardware trend for as long as possible.
Since the current-generation of consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series are using custom SoCs designed by AMD, it was expected that this trend will continue for the future consoles as well. According to a job listing on LinkedIn, The team behind Xbox and PlayStation SoC is working on a next-gen chip for which they need a verification engineer:
The team behind the chip powering XBOX™, PlayStation™ and the latest RDNA-family graphics chip is hiring for its Markham location in Canada for the next-generation chip development project!
We are currently looking for a System-on-Chip Verification Engineer who will be part of a team working on next generation of a complex SOC design. The successful candidate will play a key role in SOC verification performing the following duties for functional, power, and performance aspects with simulation and hardware emulation environment.
Now this confirms two things. One, that the next consoles, whether they are iterations of the current-gen PS5 and Xbox Series or entirely a new line, will feature AMD, RDNA based SoC. Other thing is that the next-gen consoles are already being worked on most probably both by Sony and Microsoft.
There have already been rumors about a new version of PS5 by Sony. Whether this would be a PS5 Pro or just a basic hardware change, remains to be seen.
In the last generation, both PS4 and Xbox One saw new consoles as the mid-generation hardware upgrades. Games are expecting similar consoles to appear for both Xbox Series and PlayStation 5. Although, it’s only been a year and a half since the release of PS5 and Xbox Series, we might start hearing about this upgraded consoles soon.