The next generation of Playstation and Xbox consoles will be in at least a year, but their developers are filtering some key details about them. What do we know about the next consoles? We will detail the similarities and interesting differences between the Playstation 5 and the Scarlett / Xbox Two Project.
The Playstation 5 and Project Scarlett feature processors are based on an AMD Zen 2 architecture at 7 nm and will integrate all AMD Radeon Navi GPUs. For the moment, we do not have details on the clock speeds for the CPUs, nor on the clock speeds / calculation units for the GPU. Both consoles will feature GDDR6 RAM, visual support up to 8K, and hardware casting.
The Playstation 5 and Project Scarlett will both incorporate backward compatibility. The Playstation 5 will be compatible with Playstation 4 and Playstation VR, while Project Scarlett will be compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Xbox. Jim Ryan, the new CEO of Playstation, recently said, "That it is upstream compatibility or a possibility of intergenerational play, we will be able to pass this community to the next generation. It will not be a binary choice whether you should be on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship. "
Microsoft has promised that the Scarlett project will be launched right now at Holiday 2020 alongside the next installment of Halo franchise: Halo Infinity. Sony has not announced any release date, but many believe that it will also be available from here by 2020. The price of the new consoles has also been the subject of debate. Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, pointed out in an interview with GamingBolt that both consoles are easily worth $ 500. However, he estimates that Microsoft will charge their console at 399 USD and that Sony will do the same.
Which console will dominate? Overall, the specifications and prices of the consoles are very similar. The outcome of the battle will probably depend on the games available for each console and the strength of their subscriptions. The next Halo Infinite game could give Project Scarlett a big lead. However, several games exclusive to the Playstation, such as Horizon Zero Dawn, God of the war, Marvel's Spider-Man, and the Unexplored series. The success of these next consoles will ultimately depend on consumers feeling that they are getting value for money.