Unique approaches to design this time around mean that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 cannot be directly compared. Microsoft opened the floodgates last month for XSX Hardware Info with drops revealing VRS, VRR, Ray Tracing, and more. Mark Cerny presented in-depth details at yesterday’s Road to PS5 Event about how PS5’s custom chips, special SSD, Audio Ray Tracing, and AMD hardware all work together.
We have learned from industry experts that TFlops are no longer useful in determining what the final experience will be like for these consoles. PS5 has variable clock speeds for CPU and GPU, whereas XSX does not. One has more compute units, balancing them to a lower clock frequency, one has less compute units but with a higher clock. XSX has two different types of memory while PS5 is using all of its memory at a fixed speed. Microsoft is providing its own standard for expanding high-speed storage while Sony is allowing aftermarket drives when PCIe 4.0 reaches maturity and becomes faster / more affordable.
CD Projekt Red: “Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice,” confirming that purchasing Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox One or Xbox One X when it becomes available September 17, will get players the Xbox Series X version for free when next-gen consoles launch Holiday 2020.
Joining Xbox Game Studios in “Smart Delivery” providing a Buy Once, Own on Both Gens – Free Next Gen Upgrades in the form of 4K and 8K patches, game improving code, frame rate upgrades, bugfix patches, and more. This is even possible with physical discs purchased for Xbox One or Xbox One X, when popped into XSX.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017 but was actually an ultimate iteration of the original Mario Kart 8 game released for the Nintendo Wii U console in 2014. This means that while many new Switch owners are just getting around to the nearly flawless title, universally loved by Mario Kart fans worldwide, the game itself is actually 6 years old already. We must remember to keep this in mind when discussing the possibility of Mario Kart 9 arriving this year, as it may be surprising to some.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took the world by storm and made the Nintendo Switch what it is today in terms of endearment to the gaming community and rapid paced adoption of the hardware translating into a healthy amount of software sales going on at any given time. However, with the Zelda franchise such an important IP for Nintendo, the timing of its release will be determined by the ultimate quality version being reached. Nintendo will not chance a mediocre release in this franchise, and we have rumors swirling that BotW 2 will not make its original 2020 release target window.
Rumors and whispers have long been chanting about the next Assassin’s Creed game, but the leaks have come to a critical point as Ubisoft goes into full hype mode for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 Reveal Event in February 2020. With an Amazon Listing Leak, Anonymous tipsters revealing to publications, Ubisoft could be leaking the data themselves, in an act of self-promotion, or rogue employees could just be taking the excitement upon themselves.
PlayStation 5 could launch with a portable device that only does remote play / cloud streaming rather than being a full-fledged console on its own. This could provide PS5 owners with the best of both worlds in terms of portability and access, without Sony risking anything financially in terms of striving for market share in the handheld market against Nintendo. Equally interesting, Sony could be addressing the issue of large game installs on their new high-speed hard drives by offering proprietary housing on expansion cartridges with the same high-speed drives for players to buy.
With many already setting their eyes onto next-generation PlayStation 5 game releases anticipated, confirmed, or otherwise – one shock moment came to the industry when Modern Warfare was revealed to have an exclusive game mode on PlayStation 4. The exclusivity of Warfare Mode on PS4 will last until Oct. 1, 2020.
This is in direct contrast with the fact that the game will also have, for the first time ever, cross-play between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms! However, money talks and Sony’s wallet has spoken. So what is this mode all about and is it worth buying MW on PS4?
PS5 will be introducing an evolutionary leap in technological capability. When the PS4 and Xbox One launched gamers suffered a lot of cross-platform titles with not many of the traditional ‘New IP’ style games released for the new console generation until a couple of years later.
After that mis-step was repeated during Microsoft’s exclusive software-lacking launch of the Xbox One X (currently gaming’s most powerful console hardware), the digital entertainment giants are poised to get things right this time around. Sony in particular has ensured that developer kits have already been in the hands of their top-most exclusive AAA studios and have even been confirmed to have released a pre-dev kit and dev kit making headlines both times as third party studios leaked images and information.
We can now safely begin to paint the picture of what PlayStation 5’s launch lineup could be like, save for a few surprises expected to pack a punch at Sony’s replacement for E3 2020, which hopefully is huge!
An alleged Amazon UK listing which was leaked said “Watch Dogs Legion is set in a near-future, dystopian version of London. It’s a post-Brexit world in which society, politics, and technology have changed and altered London’s fortunes,” & “Play as anyone, Every individual you meet in the open world, has a full set of animations, voice over, character traits and visuals that are generated & guided by gameplay systems.”