Rumor: Xbox One APU may getting an upgrade from AMD soon
There is a rumor going around the web this New Year’s weekend that Microsoft and AMD are working on a new APU for the Xbox One that will support or use in some way AMD’s upcoming Polaris Graphics architecture. This image on Twitter seemingly indicates some build of the system’s OS supporting Polaris in some way though this is a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt:
Thanks to Marc for the image as we can see interesting device model identification name pic.twitter.com/5Gzx0d4QMb
— blue nugroho (@blueisviolet) January 1, 2016
If Microsoft and AMD are really working on this, they won’t be making a more powerful Xbox One. I doubt it could benefit much from using Polaris, since it would screw early adopters out of capabilities. Perhaps this new APU will do some OS level functions better but game performance would have to stay the same.
Since Sony uses a similar APU in the PS4 from AMD, you’d have to think they’re going to be receiving similar treatment. We should likely see APUs in 2016 or 2017 in these consoles that shrink in size by half, reducing energy consumption and improving the hardware all around.
I personally can’t wait to see the slim models of each console with this rumored APU.