PlayStation 6 with custom AMD SoC by 2027: Separate job listings offer clues about the next-gen PlayStation console
While some will argue that it is way too early to start speculating about the PlayStation 6 (or even a PlayStation 5 Pro or PlayStation 5 Slim), the fact of the matter is that Sony is more than likely deep into the research and development phase for the next-generation PlayStation. Two separate job listings shared by Zuby_Tech certainly indicate this, while a quick look into Sony’s work on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 seems to lend weight to a PlayStation 6 release date that was suggested by a Goldman Sachs report back in 2017.
First off, the source provided details about a job listing looking for someone to work with Sony in “contributing to identifying and developing the technology portfolio of future PlayStation platforms”. In addition, the listing (now removed from the job board it was posted on) also stated:
As part of the Future Technology Group team, you will be working with small focused project teams researching and prototyping cutting edge technologies, and finding ways to apply them to our platform and services.
Understandably, considering the ongoing scarcity of the PS5 console, some will pour cold water on the idea that Sony is already sketching out the PS6 to this extent. However, the PS4 was already being worked on in 2008, five years before its release, while the PS5’s development apparently started in 2013, seven years before its release. Considering the huge technical leaps made between console generations, the increased competition, the rapid pace of developing tech, and a myriad of other factors and variables, it could easily be argued that the PS6 may also take seven years to fully develop.
If Sony’s work on the PS6 started almost immediately after the PS5 was launched, in November 2020, then perhaps 2027 will be the target year of release, although it seems likely there will be a PS5 Pro or Slim before then – and maybe even a PlayStation 5 Portable might appear at some point if the Goldman Sachs report predictions come true. The report correctly predicted 2020 for the PS5 and then went with 2023 for a PS5 Portable and 2027 for the PS6.
The second job listing, for a “System-on-Chip Verification Engineer” working for AMD, is for someone to be hired as part of a team dealing with a “next-generation chip development project”. Because the PlayStation, Xbox, and RDNA are all mentioned in the job listing, there has been suggestion that this role could be for working on AMD’s next custom SoC for future consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Of course, as we reported earlier, Team Red “won” the current console generation and will also want to “win” the next one, but it is important to point out that this listing could also just be related to one of AMD’s many SoC-related projects.
PlayStation Job Listing Suggests PlayStation 6 Is In Research and Development!— @Zuby_Tech (@Zuby_Tech) September 7, 2021
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