The next generation of gaming consoles is finally here. Both Microsoft and Sony released their respective consoles last month. The supply has not been great, which led to malpractices like scalping, but both Sony and Microsoft are boasting record sales. The issue will get better once more units are released in the market.
As most gamers are waiting for their console, the mid-gen refresh news has started to surface. In Microsoft’s case, it started even before the launch as many industry insiders speculate that the name ‘series’ consoles may actually suggest a series of consoles in the future. On the other hand, reports regarding the PlayStation 5 Pro have started to surface too.
According to a report from T3, Sony has filed a patent that relates to a product with two GPUs. Dual GPUs have been present in the PC segment since Nvidia announced its SLI technology back in the day. It was not picked up by the developers as most games only rely on a single GPU at a time. Only a handful of games (most prominently Tomb Raider reboot trilogy) support SLI or dual GPUs natively. On the other hand, the performance does not scale linearly as more GPUs are added to the system (Law of diminishing returns).
The patent describes the system as a ‘scalable gaming device’ in which the 2nd GPU will be communicatively coupled with the first one. It also describes the system to be capable of gaming and cloud streaming, which alludes to the inevitable push to cloud gaming.