Your Next Gen Xbox and PlayStation Console May Upgrade To 8-12GB RAM
It's been at least five years since Sony or Microsoft did a complete overhaul in hardware and features to their gaming consoles. Sure there have been incremental upgrades to hardware, the Xbox One S and Xbox One X comes to mind. But rumors have been circulating within inner circle of technology for years that points to an eventual successor being the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlet. There's a developer who firmly believes the next generation gaming consoles will be implemented with RAM no less than 16GB.
It's almost a given that we'll see next-gen gaming consoles come fully equipped with more advanced graphics chips and a more up to date processing power, needed in the age of 4K resolution gaming. But the question is beefier RAM required? Or will it even materialize? According to Marc-Andre Jutras, who's the technical director at Cradle Games, thinks Microsoft and Sony will eventually cap RAM at 8-12GB.
As told to GamingBolt publication "I don't think we will see 16GB of RAM, most games don't use that much RAM anyway. I think the next generation will be between 8 and 12 GB's probably" unquote.
As a way to keep cost down, it entirely makes sense that Microsoft and Sony focus allocate more memory to VRAM. Since video games normally don't use a great deal of RAM.
The specs for the top end gaming consoles such as the Xbox One X features 12GB of GDDR5 memory, while the PlayStation 4 Pro sports features 8GB of GDDR5 plus1GB of DDR3 for applications that isn't geared toward gaming.
We could also see the next-gen gaming console get a significant amount of processing cores, mirroring the Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which by the way has 6-core/12-thread. However, according to rumor both the PS5 and Xbox Scarlet are being designed around the 7-nanometer Zen 2 processor, but as of now, there is no confirmation from AMD.