Mid-Gen console upgrades became a thing when the PlayStation 4 Pro was released and the Xbox One X. These consoles offered 4K support, but with some limitations. The PS4 Pro games, for example, used checkerboard rendering or rendered games at 1440p before scaling.
X and PlayStation 5 was less clear.|X generation, though, the feasibility of Mid-Gen upgrades seemed less obvious. Albert Penello, an ex-executive at Xbox, pointed out that it’s not necessary to keep up with higher resolution displays this time.
It may be less needed. 4K was becoming a common resolution for TVs and computers. Base consoles were designed to drive 1080p (or lower) output. When you have a set that requires 4x the performance *just* to drive 4x the pixels, then you eat up all the performance just driving resolution. 8K TVs won’t be mainstream in the same manner as 4K. It’s unlikely that we’ll see 8K TVs mainstream in the same manner. Instead, we will see improvements in NITS (to drive higher HDR) and better framerates to support TVs running at 60fps. The next-gen CPUs and GPUs will easily support higher frame rate and wider colors. Therefore, mid-gen upgrades may not be financially or technically feasible but are likely to be less necessary in order for display technologies to keep pace.
TCL Technology, a well-known display manufacturer, spoke out earlier this year about Mid-Gen upgrades in 2023 and 2024. It was mostly taken as a market guess at the moment, but it’s hard not to imagine that they were speaking with any level of insight into future events.
Today’s rumors about Mid-Gen upgrades are back in full force thanks Tez2, a renowned GTA leaker, who first revealed that Rockstar Games had cancelled its planned Red Dead Redemption remasters and Grand Theft Auto IV remakes due to poor reception for GTA: The Trilogy-The Definitive Edition. Kotaku confirmed the rumor.
Tez2 was created just a few hours ago wrote the following post on GTAForums:
Most AAA studios should already have the dev kits of midlife upgrades, or should be receiving them by the new year.
He later confirmed This is based upon actual information, not guesswork. If this is true, then the Mid-Gen upgrade to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X could release in late 2023. This would be in line with the previous generation. The PlayStation 4 Pro launched three-years after the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One X launched a full year later.
Although it’s too early to talk in depth about the specifications, it’s easy to predict that both Sony and Microsoft will use a custom-made GPU that is based on RDNA 3 architecture. It’s expected to launch before the end the year on PC. AMD will unveil RDNA 3 to the public on November 3rd. These have been confirmed as the main features of RDNA 3.
- 5nm Process Node
- Advanced Chiplet Packaging
- Rearchitected Compute Unit
- Pipeline for Optimized Graphics
- Next-Gen AMD Infinity Cache
- Capabilities for Enhanced Ray Tracing
- Management of adaptive power with refinement
- >50% Perf/Watt vs RDNA 2
Stay tuned for more information, rumors, or leaks on Mid-Gen upgrade as they become available.