Microsoft ensures that Xbox Series X and S will use the full capabilities of RDNA 2. Just a few hours ago, AMD went on the virtual stage to introduce us to its next-generation GPUs, built on the new 7 nm process based RDNA 2 architecture. Now, Microsoft has explained how its next-generation game consoles, Xbox Series X and Series S, will integrate with the RDNA 2 architecture to take advantage of all the capabilities announced by AMD and offer “a level of power, performance and compatibility never before seen in console games through a post in its official blog.
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Microsoft assures that it has been working with AMD since the initial stages of development of the Xbox Series X and Series S, choosing to “wait for the most advanced technology from AMD” before finalizing its architecture, and thus obtaining some benefits such as hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing, Xbox Velocity Architecture Sampler Feedback, Mesh Shaders or Variable Rate Shading, among others.
The Xbox Series X and Series S will be the only consoles with support for all RDNA 2 technologies. Even though the architecture of the graphics cards of both consoles is the same, there will be a hardware difference between them. However, this could imply that the PS5 doesn’t have some of the main features at the optimization level that will be present in the native RDNA 2 architecture, replaced by their own dedicated hardware. This, in the absence of official data, could result in some performance limitations.
Microsoft has opted to use the entire RDNA 2 architecture, maintaining a performance standard like desktop computers. Even so, this doesn’t mean that the PS5 doesn’t bring a generational jump, since the presence of the ray-tracing support, the improvement of the update frequency rates and the improvement of the load times with the inclusion of the SSD memories have already been confirmed.
Microsoft ensures that Xbox Series X and S will use the full capabilities of RDNA 2. PS5 doesn’t have this feature. Even though, the great decisive point of this generation will be the catalog of exclusive games, where the PS5 takes the advantage thanks to great franchises like God of War or Final Fantasy. We’ve been talking about those new generation consoles, but we have no choice to wait until next month to see what really happens.