- Industry sources have indicated that a new CPU for PS5 is being worked upon.
- It will use a 6nm chipset, as opposed to the 7 nm chipset in the current PS5 models.
- The CPU will offer better processing capability than what is possible at present.
Sony PlayStation 5 might be getting a makeover in the coming year, as reports of a new variant in works make rounds on the web. It is suggested that the upcoming model will have different internal specifications than what is seen in the current PS5 model.
The report is based on industry sources cited in a DigiTimes report. As per the sources, suppliers of PS5, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited or TSMC, will kick off the production of the new console between the second and third quarters of 2022.
Interestingly, the upcoming model will come with a "new semi-customized" 6nm CPU from AMD, as pointed out in a tweet by Dr Serkan Toto citing the report. The PS5 currently makes use of a 7nm chipset, and Sony was expected to bump this with a 5nm chip in the future. However, the report and the corresponding tweet mention that the 5nm chipset will be too costly for Sony to use on the PS5 remodel, raising its prices by unattractive standards.
The reported use of a 6nm chipset can help Sony work around the ongoing semiconductor shortage around the globe. With supplies to all major tech firms expected to be hit by the second half of 2021, the new chipset can help Sony ease the shortage of supply components for PS5.
The unit assembly for the redesigned PS5 will still be carried out by Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), a subsidiary of ASE Technology Holding, along with China-based Tongfu Microelectronics. The report mentions that the former will likely continue handling 30 per cent and the latter 70 per cent of all the PS5 orders by Sony.
The new model, with its new CPU, is expected to bring enhanced performance for the PS5 gamers. But for now, Sony faces a long-existing challenge to meet the ongoing PS5 demands vis-a-vis its supply in Sony's global markets. The company is expected to ramp up the production of the present model to meet this demand soon.