Microsoft Xbox Series S: A Refresh with AMD APU Engraved in 6 nm in 2022

The Xbox Series S console could experience a refresh next year with an AMD APU switching to 6nm engraving, instead of 7nm currently.

The Xbox Series X and S consoles from Microsoft were launched with a specific AMD APU with Zen 2 architecture engraved in 7 nm at the foundry TSMC. According to YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID), an evolution of the Xbox Series S would be preparing for the end of next year.

The APU would thus switch to 6 nm engraving, a slight evolution of 7 nm offering performance gains for reduced energy consumption. The manufacturing process would be more mature, ensuring higher production yields.

In return, this would enable the platform’s 24 Compute Units while the current version only activates 20 (the other 4 are there to help improve performance and ensure extended availability of the game console) .

With more computing power and finer engraving, the refresh version of the Xbox Series S of 2022 will therefore in principle offer higher performance, which the YouTuber estimates at 50%.

However, Microsoft would like to keep an attractive price for its console and position it around 350 dollars, or 50 dollars more than the current version, which would also lower the price of the latter in a range of 200 to 250 dollars.

History does not say if the hardware platform upgraded to 6nm will keep Zen 2 cores or switch to Zen 3 which would be another performance bonus.

The Xbox Series S of 2022 would be there to counter a possible PS5 Slim that Sony could also launch next year. In addition, MLID notes that a refresh of the Xbox Series X console is planned but that it will be necessary to wait until 2023, or even later.

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The Xbox Series S console could experience a refresh next year with an AMD APU switching to 6nm engraving, instead of 7nm currently.

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