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Next-Gen Xbox to Use Hybrid AMD Zen 6 CPU, RDNA 5 GPU with DLSS-Like AI Upscaling

Courtesy of the FTC, a load of confidential Microsoft slides are no longer…well, confidential. These slides detail the future of the Xbox console, including mid-gen refreshes, as well as the next-gen console. We’ll jump straight to the next-gen Xbox console, which is said to be a “hybrid game platform” capable of leveraging the combined power of the client and cloud to deliver immersion and entirely new classes of game experiences.

The next-gen Xbox console will be a drastic upgrade over the existing Series X|S consoles. As is the trend in the PC space, it’ll leverage a hybrid Zen 6 CPU with a mix of performance “big” and efficiency “little” cores. A hybrid core CPU for a console is only fitting as the power ceiling is much lower than a high-end PC.

On the GPU side, we’re looking at an RDNA 5 (Navi 5) GPU “co-designed with AMD” or developed using an AMD Navi 5 license. This is where it gets interesting. Like many next-gen processors, including Intel’s 14th Gen Meteor Lake processors, this Xbox console will feature an NPU unit for accelerating machine learning instructions, most notably AI-based upscaling. Microsoft has certainly taken note of NVIDIA’s DLSS superiority.

The next-gen Xbox console will leverage “next-gen DirectX Raytracing”, “Dynamic Global Illumination”, Micropolygon Rendering Optimizations”, “ML Based Super Resolution“, etc. All these technologies are already available on existing PC APIs, so a console version 5 years from now isn’t hard to fathom.

Coming to the mid-season refreshes, we’ve got a Series X as well as a Series S Refresh planned for FY2025 (2024). “Brooklyn“, the successor to the former, will feature a cylindrical design. It’ll be fully digital, delivering 4K gaming performance with higher storage capacity, support for WiFi 6E, USB Type-C, increased efficiency (node shrink to 6nm/N6), and a price point of $499.

The Series S Refresh “Ellewood” will retain the slim, rectangular design of the Series S with storage beefed up to 1 TB, an improved controller, and upgraded connectivity (WiFi 6E, BT 5.2), all at the same price of $299. The Series S Refresh will be released ahead of the Series X Refresh in late summer 2024.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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