The PS4 Slim may soon be a reality, as Samsung today announced that it has begun mass-producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (1GB) GDDR5 DRAM memory chips.
Rumours that the memory may be included in an upcoming gaming system were fuelled by Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing, stating that: “We expect that our 8Gb GDDR5 will provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the best graphics memory solution available for game consoles as well as general use notebook PCs.” Furthermore, Samsung’s press release stated that the chips are designed for use in “on-board graphics memory for game consoles”.
Although these comments could have related to any number of systems, a new PS4 model seems to stack up due to the fact that Sony’s console already uses 16 512MB GDDR5 chips from Samsung. Switching to eight 1GB chips would lead to obvious space and cost savings, which Samsung itself confirmed: “Combining only eight of the new 8Gb chips will achieve the same density as the 8 gigabytes (GB) needed in the latest game consoles.”
With the PS4 being the only console to make use of GDDR5, Samsung’s hint was received loud and clear, with forums and social media already buzzing with speculation.
What do you think of this news? Would you look forward to seeing the release of a PS4 Slim?