Nvidia has played it coy compared to what comes after Pascal for games. Rumors about a next GPU launch have, however, been warming up, and Nvidia was added to them by bothering a GeForce Gaming Celebration right in front of Gamescom.
The off-site event is scheduled 20 August the day before Gamesom is underway. If we read between the lines with an optimistic eye, it appears that new hardware is eventually announced, even though Nvidia stopped saying so much. Instead, it said that "GeForce will wield big" at the world's largest game show.
If that were not enough, Nvidia also promised "spectacular surprises" on the event.
"The event will be loaded with new, exclusive, hands-on demos of the hottest upcoming games, stage presentations from the world's largest game developers, and some spectacular surprises," said Nvidia.
Nvidia has not been really coming when it plans to continue from Pascal in consumer segments. Back at Computex, Nvidia's Managing Director, Jensen Huang, responded to a question about the arrival of GeForce cards by saying, "It will last a long while I invite you and there will be lunch." [1
Nvidia's launch, either August 20 or another time, can not be fast enough. Pascal has been on the market for over two years now, started with Tesla P100 axles the data center at the center and followed by the GeForce 10 series for games. Nvidia has since released a Volta GPU, which is found in the Tesla V100 and Titan V. Both are aimed at AI workload though.
The GeForce 11 series is rumored to be based on the GPU called Turing (we have also heard the name Ampere cast around). It is not clear if Turing is a variant of Volta, or something completely different, perhaps closer to Pascal. Hopefully we will find out in a few weeks.