Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.
Xbox Series to get a refresh
Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID) shares the latest rumors on the upcoming Microsoft Series S|X gaming console refresh.
Xbox Series X vs S APU, Source: Digital Foundry
According to the video, Microsoft is to refresh both of its consoles starting late next year. The first console to see a refresh is Xbox Series S, which would receive a higher spec AMD Zen APU based on 6nm process technology. The transition to TSMC 6N, which is a refined 7nm process would result in higher manufacturing yields, and as a result, Microsoft could be enabling full 24 Compute Units from its Xbox Series S APU.
The current version of the XSS console features 20 Compute Units, but as many as 4 are disabled to preserve good yields and a continuous supply of the console. With more Compute Units and possibly higher clock speeds, the console could even be 50% faster, the YouTuber claims.
A higher performance console would supposedly cost more. A refined XSS console would cost close to 350 USD, a 50 USD premium over the current model, but at the same time, Microsoft would be introducing a price cut on the 2020 model by lowering the price to 189-249 USD, the rumor alleges. This means that Microsoft would be selling both models simultaneously.
It is not mentioned if the console would still use Zen2 or rather a Zen3 architecture. Next year AMD will be releasing its Rembrandt APU with RDNA2 and Zen3 microarchitecture, a second-generation Zen3 mobile product. Based on the changes in Cezanne (Zen3) silicon, an architectural swap might still be on a table.
Furthermore, MLID also claims that there is a refresh of the Series X console coming in 2023 or later, however, no details on this console have been shared.
Xbox Series S|X Refresh, Source: Moore’s Law is Dead
|Next-Generation Gaming Consoles|
|VideoCardz.com||Sony PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X||Xbox Series S||Xbox Series S 2022|
|CPU||7nm AMD Zen2||7nm AMD Zen2||7nm AMD Zen2||6nm AMD Zen(?)|
up to 3.5 GHz
up to 3.8GHz
up to 3.6GHz
|GPU||AMD RDNA2||AMD RDNA2||AMD RDNA2||AMD RDNA2|
|Performance Target||4K up to 120fps||4K up to 120fps||1440p up to 120fps||TBC|
|Release Date||November 2020||November 2020||November 2020||Late 2022|
|Notes||* Digital Edition|