Could Microsoft be making a Handheld console?

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The next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, namely the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, are powered by the 8-core Zen-2 SoCs from AMD. Recently we have seen a mysterious Van Gogh APU from AMD in software code.

The chip’s sudden appearance seems to have sparked the speculations that Microsoft is indeed planning to launch a portable console or handheld gaming device coming from Microsoft. Tech tipsters Komachi and _rogame have offered up the details about the ultra-low voltage APU, and according to them, it has a RAM width of 256bits DDR5.

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According to sources, the APU has a 2.4 GHz base clock and 3.5 GHz boost rate for a 4-core, 8-thread Van Gogh part. The chip also includes a 7nm manufacturing process, Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures, Navi 2 GPU, and a very low 9 W TDP; you are left looking at a convenient APU especially ideal for either an ultra-mobile laptop.

A 256-bit DDR5 memory interface support will easily allow the Ryzen 5000 APU to deal with load at a greater rate, which means quicker graphics processing. So, it would be great news for Microsoft if it wants to incorporate the chip in its handheld device or portable Xbox console.

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Even if the supposed chip is actually in the making or no, it is still a concern for many. With Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU technology onboard and a maximum frequency of 3.5 GHz, it will be a blast to see a handheld device is powered by such a beast.

Also, sources claim that it has an ultra-low TDP of 9 W, and if the chip makes it to market, it will be at the heart of any future portable gaming console.


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