Updated January 11, 2018 12:05:25 The Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro both have an upgraded graphics processor and improved storage, but there’s a catch: neither is a gaming console.
That’s because there’s only one.
The Xbox team has announced that the X will support both AMD’s Polaris 10 and NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture.
This means the X is the first console to be powered by both the latest and greatest graphics chips from both AMD and Nvidia.
“With Polaris 10, we’re pushing our graphics industry forward by bringing the power of GPUs to the cloud, and the Xbox team is taking that same power to the Xbox,” Xbox gaming boss Marc Whitten said.
“Our goal is to bring the best games to Xbox One gamers and make it easy for you to connect to them on any PC or Mac, including Steam.”
Polaris 10 is a 16nm chip based on the 14nm process found in the Titan X GPU.
It’s the first GPU to feature this architecture, and will be a major improvement over its predecessor, Polaris 9, which used a 14nm design.
Polaris 10 was first released back in 2019, but the new architecture has not been released yet for most games.
“Today’s news is great news for our gamers, as the Xbox One team is excited to continue working with partners to deliver a best-in-class gaming experience,” Whitten added.
“While Polaris 10 will be available for purchase from Xbox, our customers can also purchase the Polaris 10 GPU directly from Nvidia, so gamers can experience the power and capabilities of this next generation graphics architecture at a much lower price.”
“The new AMD and NVIDIA GPUs are designed for the next generation of gaming, delivering amazing gaming experiences for gamers and developers alike,” Whitt added.
Both GPUs have been designed to work together, with one being a high-performance GPU with advanced hardware features like a dual-GPU configuration and multi-display support, and another a mid-range GPU with only one GPU.
The Polaris 10 chip is based on AMD’s new Bulldozer architecture, which AMD announced last year at Computex.
It has six compute units, which can run at up to 4.5GHz, up from 4.2GHz.
The Pascal architecture was introduced at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference in Taipei.
The GPU is capable of handling up to 2.2 teraflops of computing, which is roughly equivalent to 2,096 terafls of computing power on a high resolution display.
Both of the GPUs are set to launch in Q4 of next year, and it looks like we can expect to see them in every Xbox One bundle by the end of 2018.
Xbox One owners who are on a PC can download the new console and use it to play games on the same PC, which will be an important feature for those who buy an Xbox One console as a gift.
The new Xbox consoles are powered by AMD’s PowerTune technology, which aims to improve the overall power efficiency of PCs.
This technology enables the Xbox to power up to 5.5 times more graphics than a standard Xbox One system, and up to 20 times more than a PS4 system.
The first Xbox One consoles are scheduled to be released in late Q4 2018.
“We’re excited to work with partners in bringing the best Xbox experiences to gamers, and our Xbox team will continue to build on our strong legacy of delivering the best entertainment and gaming experiences,” Whitta added.
Xbox’s plans for its first console launch are already being met with some skepticism.
AMD has announced a new Radeon RX 580 GPU based on Pascal architecture will be made available in Q1 of 2020.
The RX 580 is designed to outperform existing GPUs, but it will have to be cooled by fans or a heatsink to achieve its performance target.
The Radeon RX Vega graphics card, meanwhile, will launch in 2019.
The Vega graphics cards will support DirectX 12, which could lead to more games coming to the new consoles.
But AMD also said its next-gen console, codenamed Project Scorpio, will arrive in 2020.
“Project Scorpio will be the first fully featured, multi-screened gaming console built for next-generation gaming,” AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, said in a statement.
“For gamers who want the best, most advanced gaming experience, Project Scorpion will be one of the best choice.”
The PlayStation 4 is also due to be the next console to launch.
Sony has already announced that a PlayStation 4 Slim will be released by Q4 2021.
This slim console will have a 1TB hard drive, as well as a USB Type-C port and HDMI ports, and its specifications include a 4K display, a dual rear cameras and a new VR controller.
Sony also announced that PS4 Pro will launch by Q1 2022.
The PS4 will offer a 10-core CPU, 4GB