Last month, Microsoft confirmed that the new Xbox One S and Xbox Scorpio will use custom AMD chips.
In a conference regarding the quarterly financial status, Lisa Su, President of AMD, mentioned about how proud she was about the three upcoming Microsoft consoles, the Xbox One S and the Xbox Scorpio with the third one being the PlayStation Neo. If the third one is the Neo then we should be seeing another console by AMD. However, the sources also cited that the refrained from speaking about the these consoles including the pricing of the Xbox Scorpio. More on the Neo later in this text.
“In the last quarter, before the E3 2016 conference, Microsoft announced two new Xbox One members of the family, they will use AMD processors. The Xbox One S is the thinnest in the history of Xbox console, it is the first to support HDR on an Xbox console. The host will be available within the next few weeks. Microsoft also announced their next-gen host, this host code-named “Scorpio” (via)
AMD has been pushing hard to manufacture better GPUs, in addition, we should see the new AMD Zen CPUs landing soon, moreover as AMD mentioned in their slide above, we can see how AMD is focusing in the recent times with them highlighting semi-custom chips.
AMD’s Devinder Kumar was also pleased with the revenue boost they’ve received thanks to their new graphics card lineups and semi-custom chips in consoles, on which he even reported a revenue boost of 15-21% in the last quarter.
As we mentioned earlier, Lisa Su did mention their chip designs being produced for three consoles, but didn’t accurately let off the the name of the third console. However, we are pretty confident for the third one being the Neo since Sony and Microsoft, both mentioned both consoles allowing backwards compatibilty and having no exclusive software over their base models.