We have two new gaming consoles that will be hitting the stores by the end of the year and they will be a must-have upgrade for avid gamers and technophobes the world over.
Gaming consoles have come a very long way from the original machines that only did one thing and that was to play games, these were physical hardware add ons supplied in the form of cartridges or readable laser disc of some sort.
The graphics were not so good looking back now at the original hardware – it was not like this at the time of course when we beset out eyes upon the marvels, let’s use the SNES as an example, (there are older gaming consoles of course but this era is where the power of the machines really started to show), the gameplay and sense of realism, on the other hand, was immense coupled with easy to use controllers and multiplay action which meant for many many hours and in some cases, days of non-stop gaming action – there were memory cards or sticks available to save your gameplay up to a certain point but no one really wanted to put the controllers down and stop gameplay whilst in the middle of a game be it an action, roleplay, strategy or otherwise.
Things are very different now with gaming consoles, they are super responsive as have very good hardware as standard and can be used for different applications than just gaming, there are apps to make our lives easier and more streamlined with internet browser access, e-book readers, on-demand video and music channels as well as live TV transmissions, graphics editing applications, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) as well as communication and social media access, these all run alongside the highly immersive games and virtual environments that are available across the board. There is not even a need to insert any physical storage medium into the consoles now as cloud storage for free or purchasable options for new titles makes all this possible with a stable internet connection.
What will the new Sony Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X bring to the table to wow us all that has not already been done? Ok, that may be a little unfair as there will definitely be improvements in not only the core hardware but also apps and gameplay, even if they just run better for the most part, retrospectively speaking.
As with many tech releases, there is little to go on apart from the tidbits that are fed to us from the manufacturers to tease us and gauge the reception from the masses too:
Sony Playstation 5 specs:
- Bespoke 8-core AMD chipset (based on third-generation Ryzen architecture and with Navi GPU)
- SSD storage system.
- Backwards compatibility with PS4 games and PSVR hardware.
- 3D audio.
- 8K TV support.
Microsoft Xbox Series X (Project Scarlett) specs:
- Custom AMD Zen 2-based CPU (8x @ 3.6 GHz)
- Custom AMD Navi-based GPU (12 TF RDNA)
- 16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)
- NVMe SSD (read/write speeds of anywhere up to 2GB/s)
- 8K, 4K display @ 120Hz
- 4K Blu-ray optical drive
- One front-facing USB post Type-A
The hardware looks fantastic and there are no doubt prototype versions of these machines in the wild that are being tested to the max and then optimised accordingly with the valuable feedback from the lucky testers.
Microsoft says its system is four times as powerful as Sonys offering and on paper, this may seem a winner but in reality, the architecture is only efficient depending entirely on the software and applications that are going to run on the systems.
Sonys device has a third-generation AMD Ryzen chip with an eight-core 7-nanometre chipset which will allow for 3D audio, the custom Navi GPU supports ray tracing and resolutions of up to 8k.
Both machines have to be powerful as standard not only for the release dates but well into the future as further games and applications are developed on them and there should be no bottlenecks evident during the systems workable life.
Both machines are said to be capable of screening 4K at 60 FPS out the box with both having similar chipsets so performance will definitely be impressive.
We will just have to wait in excited anticipation, and, Microsoft or Sony, if you are reading this and need some testers and reviewers, please feel free to reach out 😉
Thanks for reading.