Much has been rumoured about new consoles from Nintendo and Sony. Both Japanese companies have been secretive about their plans for their new game systems. In Nintendo’s case it’s the NX, a console that’s seen its fair share of speculation with everything from resolution and framerate to well-orchestrated fake controllers. As for Sony, since GDC 2016 we’ve seen more than a few murmurs of aPS4K – allegedly a souped-up version of the PS4 for gaming at higher resolutions and for enjoying enhanced VR.
And while both companies have been quiet in the face of never-ending speculation, Nintendo being silent as it always is, and Sony’s executives preferring to tweet that they’re playing Dark Souls 3 in VR instead of tackling fan questions head on, the biggest indicator lies in their common partner, AMD.
According to the graphic giant’s latest financials, you can expect new consoles “in the second half of 2016.”
Now, while AMD hasn’t explicitly said who is launching what, its complete statement is as follows, ashighlighted on NeoGAF:
“In our EESC segment, we had record shipments of our semi-custom SoCs powering the Playstation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. Demand for game consoles looks strong for 2016 and we remain on track to generate additional revenue from new semi-custom business in the second half of 2016. Game consoles — we see units going up 2016 to 2015. We’ve also said in the enterprise embedded and semi-custom segment that we will be ramping some new design revenue in the second half of 2016. We have new products being introduced in both the businesses with the new design wins in the second half on the semi-custom side.”
With Microsoft’s Phil Spencer quashing all rumours of an incremental Xbox One, that effectively rules it out. Considering that AMD’s chips have been powering all three consoles makers, it leaves both Nintendo and Sony with products to showcase.