Everyone is excited about the PlayStation 5 (PS5), with Sony executive Mark Cerny, recently revealing some of the console’s new specs in an interview with Wired; from the graphics card, hard drive, and processor. In the same interview, he also clarified that the PS5 would be launched next year or even after that.
The race is on, Can Scarlett pull one over the PS?
However, the specs he revealed about the upcoming machines do not only have fans looking forward to improved quality of all types of games but also whether the forthcoming Xbox console dubbed Xbox Scarlett will outdo the PS5. These specifications include:
- Ray tracing support
- Octa-core AMD Ryzen CPU based on the 7nm Zen 2
- 4K and 8K resolution for future displays
- AMD Radeon Navi GPU
- Backward compatibility with PS4
- Solid state drive
There has not been much chatter about the upcoming Xbox, but here are some of the features you can expect:
- A two console system: Xbox Lockhart; which will give fans a next-gen experience at a cost-effective price, and Xbox Anaconda, which is rumored to be even more powerful than the Xbox One X, and almost the same price as the PS5.
- Arcturus 12 GPU, which will be stronger than the Xbox One X’s GPU that is capable of 6 TFLOPS
- 12 GB GDDR5 RAM
- At least 1TB space capacity
- Game streaming via the xCloud service
All eyes are on Microsoft to see whether Xbox Scarlett will meet and outdo these PS5 specifications. It is critical that the two consoles that will consist Xbox Scarlett are more powerful than the PS5 to avoid the low power of Xbox One. Here are other steps that Microsoft can take to beat the PS5:
Xbox Scarlett needs to be released before the PS5
One good old method of beating the competition is taking up the next-gen gaming console market before they do. While this may be unlikely due to Microsoft’s delay in releasing the Xbox One X, the most powerful console in the world, it is essential that they consider taking the market first this time around.
One of the areas in which the PS4 really beat the Xbox in is having great, exclusive titles for its fans. The PS4 has an entire list of great classics including:
- Uncharted 4
- The Last of Us
- God of War
Even if many Xbox fans love Forza, Xbox will need to up its exclusive titles game, if it is going to stand a chance against the PS5. Microsoft will need new exciting games to impress its fans on its next release.
Have full 4K features
While the PS5 is already talking of 8K resolution, first things first, and Xbox Scarlett is going to have full 4K features, despite the slow adoption of 4K technology. All next gen consoles are expected to output in 4K resolution, in addition to lower ones.
Many companies, including Sony, do not see the profitability or importance of providing support for older versions. However, many fans who enjoy playing all types of games, especially the classics, disagree; with backward compatibility being one of Xbox’s most significant advantages. Fans agree that simply knowing that your console agrees with older game versions is a big plus.
Embrace ray tracing
Ray tracing is an advanced feature that not many fans understand. However, to take its place ahead of the PS5, Xbox Scarlett will need to have ray tracing, among all the other tech advancement expected to be on a next-gen gaming console.
Accessibility over Power
The Xbox One X is arguably the most powerful console in the market, but this has not given it much of an edge as one would expect. It may be selling well, but its supreme power, apparently, is not exactly what is needed. The PS4, on the other hand, is not as powerful but has obtained more exclusive deals due to it being more developer friendly. Xbox Scarlett will have a clear edge if it is both powerful and accessible to developers.
Better support for Digital Content and Game Pass
Before, an entirely digital Xbox One was not accepted as well as Microsoft hoped. Game Pass is an excellent option for many fans looking to subscribe to and enjoy their gaming experiences in addition to buying games online.
Many gamers are anticipating that Microsoft will leverage their cloud service, Microsoft Allure to let players play all types of games without the hassle of downloading them. The ability to stream a game will give Xbox Scarlett the much-needed edge it needs. Moreover, the Xbox Play anywhere will enable Xbox users to play their games even on their smartphones and tablets, which will boost its convenience and UX.
As seen above, whether in 2020 or 2021, the Xbox vs. PS battle will begin once more once the two gaming giants release their next-generation gaming consoles, and many gamers can hardly wait to see what Microsoft and Sony will offer their fans.