It is too early to get some official information on the next generation of consoles, but that doesn’t mean there are no rumors around them. But what should we expect from Microsoft and Sony, and how much will the specs jump from the current generation to the next? Will they come with Ryzen CPUs or with 16 GB RAM? The technical director at Cradle Games, Marc-André Jutras, spoke about the latter component in an interview with GamingBolt.
Marc-André Jutras is part of the devs that are working on Hellpoint and has been in the AAA game industry for more than a decade. Knowing what games need in terms of specs, he was able to describe some features players will be able to see in the next-gen consoles. He believes that they will not have 16 GB RAM, but they should range from 8 to 12 GB:
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, probably. What you will see however is probably a good amount of cores. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next gen was Ryzen 2600 or something like that. Because it is really stable, cheap, and has a good amount of cores.
He also explained that we should expect a large amount of VRAM and not a unified memory pool so that the 4K graphics can be achieved – and the total memory pool will surpass the current 8GB from the PS4 and the Xbox One:
One thing that is going to change will be, you will get a lot more focus on the VRAM, which is the big bottleneck right now if you want good 4K games, because 4K frame buffer takes a lot of space. So if you end up with a 4K buffer, you need four times the VRAM.
Marc-André Jutras also added that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the PS5 come with 8GB of RAM and 8GB of VRAM. Since VRAM is great for very fast calculations and can help achieve high higher resolution graphics, splitting RAM and VRAM should be a step forward for the next-gen consoles.
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