TCL appears to have leaked numerous next-gen products at a presentation, including AMD’s Radeon RX 7700 XT graphics card, Sony’s PlayStation 5 Pro, and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S/X consoles, all of which will be 8K capable, according to the TV manufacturer.
Poland was the setting for a special press conference this week, where console gaming’s top dog outlined their expectations of an ever-growing market and how they plan on preparing themselves to compete with more powerful devices.
TCL claims that the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT graphics card, as well as the Sony PlayStation 5 Pro and Xbox Series X/S consoles, are capable of 8K resolution.
TCL had a press presentation in Poland recently, revealing its aspirations for next gaming technology that would usher us into the Gen 9.5 or 8K era. Surprisingly, TCL didn’t hesitate to name various unreleased devices from AMD, Microsoft, and Sony during the presentation.
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Sony and Microsoft should be worried. The 9th generation of consoles is coming up, but Sony may have something special in store for us this time around with their “Pro” model PS5 likely to replace standard version 5 if it isn’t released at all or when compared against Xbox Series S (potentially even called ‘X’) which could also mean different generations depending upon how long ago they were made – though these predictions come from a TV maker so we’ll just see what happens!
AMD’s Radeon RX 7700 XT graphics card, the Sony PlayStation 5 console, and the New Xbox Series S/X upgrade are among the products. According to the manufacturer, these items will be available in 2023-2024 and will be capable of UHD 8K 60Hz-120Hz output.
Now, whether these are TCL expectations or something they know internally is unknown, but the fact that AMD’s graphics card is particularly mentioned leads us to suspect the TCL has a hint or two about what’s coming next. AMD has not officially confirmed or disclosed any specifics about the AMD Radeon RX 7700 XT graphics card, but we know via leaks that it will be the first of many RDNA 3 GPUs based on the Navi 33 graphics architecture to hit the market. The GPU will be monolithic, as opposed to the chiplet design used by the top Navi 31 and Navi 32 GPUs.
There have been speculations of an 8K-capable Sony PlayStation 5 Pro and an update of the existing Microsoft Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles for quite some time now. These aren’t true next-generation consoles, but rather a spec update for existing ones, akin to the PlayStation 4 (PRO) and Xbox One mid-cycle and console refreshes (X). A timeframe of 2023-2024 is plausible, but we can’t be certain that these are the product names that will be used. Modern features like AMD FSR 2.0 and other upscaling algorithms are expected to aid gamers in achieving 8K resolution.
With the recent release of 8K capable devices, it is likely that this high-end graphics card will be based on Navi 32 GPU with RDNA3. Thus far there has been no confirmation whether or not consoles will receive their own version but given how close were current gen console generations are to desktop Radeon series released last year (RDNA2), such an idea seems very feasible indeed!
As previously noted, this could all be all TCL’s expectations and nothing more, but it would be great to see some 8K hardware and a proper one available to gamers by 2023-2024.
The next-gen consoles are due out within the next two years, but there’s no word from either Sony or Microsoft on whether they plan to update their existing gaming platforms. It wouldn’t be surprising though – after all this time without an upgrade we’re sure consumers would love some new features!
I have contacted AMD who confirmed that development has stopped production lines for both PS4 & Xbox One hardware in order to prepare them should another delay happen again like the last generation where it took 6+years before seeing any significant changes with Software Supportability Mode enabled at launch.