Xbox Boss Talks Partnership With AMD for Future Platforms

AMD will be ‘critically important’ for future Xbox endeavors.

During AMD’s keynote address at CES 2019, Microsoft’s head of gaming Phil Spencer came on stage and briefly discussed a partnership with AMD that would involve “future platforms.” Speaking of AMD, Spencer said, “As we look forward to future platforms that we’re building and work that we’re doing, the partnerships and the innovations that we’ve seen in the past have led to what we’ve been able to do today, I think they’re going to be critically important to our future endeavors. I’m really looking forward to showing those to people more in the future.”

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While Spencer didn’t outright say that the next Xbox would use AMD technology, it seems highly likely AMD will supply the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) for Microsoft’s next gaming box.

After all, AMD provided custom AMD APUs based on its Jaguar microarchitecture for Xbox One and Xbox One S while an upgraded version of this APU was used for Xbox One X. AMD similarly supplies Sony with APUs for the PlayStation 4 family of consoles. While no specifics for the next Xbox have been announced, Microsoft did reveal the same team that made Xbox One X is “deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles” during its E3 2018 press conference.

Rumors suggest the next Xbox run will actually be a family of devices codenamed Scarlet, with more recent rumors saying the two boxes are codenamed Anaconda and Lockhart. While one is set to be more affordable and the other intends to be a graphics powerhouse, both are expected to launch by holiday 2020. AMD also announced its Radeon VII GPU at CES 2019. The reveal of a new Xbox and PlayStation are some of the biggest rumors going into 2019, though it’s up for debate when exactly PlayStation 5 should launch.

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN.

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