As the most popular form of entertainment today, videogames are increasingly becoming an integral part of our culture, and with the next generation of consoles just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what kind of gaming experience these powerful new beasts are capable of delivering. In this post, we’ll give you the low down on everything we know so far about the upcoming systems.
Microsoft – Project Scarlett
During Microsoft’s presentation at E3 last year, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the next Xbox is currently in development and is codenamed, Project Scarlett. Microsoft has announced that the new Xbox console will use AMD Navi technology, giving the console a serious boost in performance; it is said to be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X according to the experts.
Xbox Scarlett will also add a new Solid State Drive (SSD) which will improve on loading times. Microsoft has also suggested that the new console is capable of 8K resolutions and that it will be able to run games at up to 120 fps.
They’ve also confirmed that the new Xbox will be backwards compatible with Xbox One games, which will come as a relief to gamers who were worried about not being able to play their old purchases on the new console.
The new Xbox is slated for a 2020 holiday release date, which means it will arrive just in time for Christmas next year. The console is expected to retail at $400-500. We wouldn’t be surprised either if it is competing with the PS5.
Nintendo – Switch Lite / Pro?
Before the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite in July 2019, rumours were beginning to swirl that Nintendo was developing not one, but two new Nintendo Switch models. One was rumoured to be a cheaper and handheld only version of the console and the other was thought to be an upgraded and more powerful model of the original console.
We know now that at least one of these rumours has been confirmed to be true as the Nintendo Switch Lite will be released this September, but no official news yet about a possible Nintendo Switch Pro being in the works.
The biggest change with the Nintendo Switch Lite is that you can no longer connect to your TV; it is a purely handheld device. Nintendo has declared that the Switch Lite is not intended to replace your original Switch console but instead is an addition to the Switch family aimed at the gamer on the go.
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Sony – PS5
Playstation Architect Mark Cerney, in an exclusive interview with Wired in April, announced that the Playstation 5 is in development and gave some details on the capabilities of the machine.
According to Cerney the PS5 will be using the third generation of AMD Ryzen CPU as well as an updated GPU based on the AMD Navi series. The new GPU will apparently support ray tracing, a next-gen rendering technique that has until now been limited to high-end gaming PCs.
Just like with the new Xbox, the PS5 will also use SSDs for storage instead of a hard drive and is said to be ten times more powerful than the PS4 Pro.
Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will also be backwards compatible with PS4 games, so you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that all your games will be playable in the next generation.
Cerney said that the new console will not launch in 2019, which means it will likely be contending with Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett when it launches in 2020.
What’s the difference?
From the looks of it, the new Playstation and Xbox Scarlett share very similar specs and features. We’ll have to wait until we get more hands-on information about these new consoles to see exactly what kind of gaming experience the next-gen is capable of delivering before we make a fair comparison. But for most people, the choice of whether or not to buy a PS5 or an Xbox will come down to what games they want to play. As for Nintendo, the Switch Lite seems like an affordable option for those only interested in portable play. No news yet about a Nintendo Switch Pro in the works, but with the huge success of the Nintendo Switch since its release in 2017 it looks like all systems are go with the current model.