Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Confirms AMD Partnership for “Future Platforms” at CES Presser

By Nathan Birch  / 

The AMD CES 2019 press conference has come and gone, and it contained some pretty big news for PC gamers, including the announcement of AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen desktop processors and the beefy new Radeon VII graphics card, but it also included an interesting moment for console gamers. During Dr. Lisa Su’s opening keynote, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hit the stage to praise the CEO and confirm that Microsoft and AMD will be partnering on “future platforms”…

“As a company, we look at the opportunity in gaming and one of the things I want to say is when we think who our partners are, we think about great companies that do great work, but also do it in the right way. You’re somebody that I respected a ton in this industry and I’ve seen the way you’ve led AMD, and I think having a partner like AMD that works so collaboratively with us on our future technology, but also as a cultural level I think fits so well, it’s awesome to have you as a partner.

As we look forward to future platforms that we’re building and work that we’re doing, the partnership and the innovations that we’ve seen in the past have led to what we’ve been able to do today, I think they’re going to be critically important to our future endeavors. I’m really looking forward to showing those to people more in the future.”

It’s long been rumored the next Xbox will be powered by AMD tech, specifically a Zen 2 processor and a custom “next-gen” GPU, but this is the most explicitly it’s ever been confirmed by Microsoft.

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Microsoft is rumored to be working on a full line of new Xbox consoles, including a disc-less streaming device that may launch this year, a mainstream successor to the Xbox One S codenamed Lockhart, and a souped-up Xbox One X successor codenamed Anaconda. The fact that Spencer mentions future platforms, plural, seems to indicate all of these will be powered by AMD tech.

I’m sure you all have thoughts about Microsoft partnering with AMD for their next generation of consoles. Try to discuss it calmly, below.

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