According to a Sony patent that has just been spotted in the database of US Patent Office describes a console with at least two GPUs instead of just one. What to give a first glimpse of what Sony is preparing, and teaser the imminent arrival of a formidably powerful “PS5 Pro”.
With the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X the console war resumes again. On the sales side, Sony’s victory already seems overwhelming. Which is not entirely a surprise, and is linked among other things to the attractiveness of the catalog of the PlayStation 5, in addition to the graphical leap forward that allows the latter. However, from a strictly technical point of view, the Xbox Series X is the more powerful of the two consoles.
At least for the moment. Because Sony is obviously preparing a PS5 Pro which promises to double the current capacities. An official Sony patent describing a “power-upgradeable” console with two or more SoCs (the component that contains the CPU, GPU, various specialized enclaves and memory) instead of just one.
Sony is already working on an overpowered PS5 Pro
The document describes Sony’s multi-GPU console concept as follows: “in a multi-GPU simulation environment, graphics cache management could be implemented by rendering the respective frames of video with multiple GPUs, or rendering the respective portions of each frame of video. One of the GPUs controls the HDMI output of images while receiving image information from the other (or other) GPUs and reading the complete images through a physically connected HDMI output port. Or the outputs of the GPUs can be multiplexed together ”.
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Clearly in this type of device, Sony imagines several types of multi-GPU cooperation. In the first case, a GPU delivers most of the graphics while the second completes what is missing. It is also possible that each GPU will render an exclusive portion of the image. Other types of cooperation involve the use of a physically connected HDMI port, or the multiplexing of the image from the two GPUs, for example by interlacing.
Of course, this patent is not in itself a guarantee that Sony will launch a PS5 Pro, but the fact that this patent is appearing shows that Sony’s engineering team is currently looking into the matter. Which is not surprising. The PS4 was indeed entitled to two variants, a less powerful Slim version and a Pro version capable of rendering games in 4K.