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In case you were wondering, a hidden war among gamers and developers is about to erupt, as the battle for the world’s best console continues to rage on, whether you like it or not.
Sony is slowly building up the hype for their next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, and we are still waiting to hear more details about Microsoft’s Xbox follow up, codenamed Project Scarlett.
The world is busy dissecting all the nuggets of news from across the internet and, as it stands right now, both consoles look to be about as good as each other – though we still don’t have any exclusive games confirmed or what the boxes actually look like.
If you managed to miss all the recent updates about both consoles, don’t worry, we have found all the latest info and will compare the two below, to find out who will be the victor in the next-gen console war.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett release dates: When do they come out?
We finally have vague release dates of both consoles, and both of them are looking to come out at around the same time, which should make the console war extra juicy.
Sony release lots of news recently relaying a bunch of info about their new PS5, and we found out they will be releasing their console Holiday 2020.
That gives us just under a year before we can finally get our hands on the new PlayStation, and we are rather excited for it.
However, Microsoft also announced they will be dropping their next-gen console Holidays 2020 back at E3 in July, though we don’t know a fixed date.
If both consoles come out within a month of each other, it should make for a spicy time for gamers, as both Sony and Microsoft fight for your cash.
This might mean big price drops or huge bundles that include a bunch of extra content to tempt you over.
Odds are most gamers will stick with what they know and stay on whichever console train they were already riding, but it all depends on what each console will deliver.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett specs: How powerful are they?
Under the hood, both consoles look like they have vaguely similar set-ups, though there are minor differences that could make or break the console.
AMD, a processor chip producer, is going to have a monster year, as they appear to be looking to dominate the world of GPU/CPU systems in most modern tech.
They are working on processors in laptops, smartphones and now consoles, as both the PS5 and Project Scarlett will have custom AMD CPU and GPU set-ups.
Both consoles will have a custom AMD Zen 2 8-core processor and an AMD GPU that will support modern tech like ray-tracing, 8K support and Blu-ray capabilities.
Both consoles will punch out 4K graphics – though Project Scarlett will be native while Sony’s console will be upscaled – and will be able to play 8K games when the tech is available.
That means both consoles are future-proofed, which is important for retaining fans over the many years the console will be available.
8K is still not a thing – most gamers are still struggling to adapt to 4K TVs – so we don’t expect this to be a big factor for a few years at least.
Microsoft has said that Scarlett will be able to play up to 120FPS which will be huge if true. Games will look smooth and run well, even across multiplayer, and will be a big selling point.
Sony, on the other hand, will presumably also support 120FPS, but will, most importantly, have a 120Hz refresh rate, allowing more frames to flash in front of your eyes, making fast-paced games look stunning.
The big talking point for both consoles is a Solid State Drive (SSD), which allows for more storage and more efficient data recall, which will ultimately mean games load faster and perform better.
In real terms, this means load times will dramatically be decreased.
Footage surfaced online of a speed test comparing load times between a PS4 Pro and an early build of the PS5. Playing Marvel’s Spider-Man, Sony selected to quick-travel across the map, a feat that would normally take around 8 seconds on the PS4, will now take 0.8 seconds on the PS5.
The SSD will make it easier for the the consoles to retrieve data and assets from the games memory, allowing for more detail and rapid launches.
It also allows for the ability to install different assets from the game depending on your needs.
Sony recently revealed that you’ll be able to choose to only install multiplayer modes of certain games instead of the single-player, freeing up your memory to play parts of games that you actually want to play.
Bad news for Activision, as that means CoD campaign mode will literally never get played…
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett games: Which exclusives will we see?
This is a really interesting question, particularly because we have no idea which games will be hitting the PS5.
Microsoft revealed during their E3 tease of the new console that Halo Infinite will be the launch title for Project Scarlett.
We got a full on trailer for the game – featuring MasterChief himself – but little other info than that.
That is the only game we KNOW is coming to the console, but we can make a few educated guesses elsewhere.
For example, you can bet your bottom dollar that we will be getting new Forza games, whether that is MotorSport, Horizon, both or an entirely new franchise.
Microsoft has been busy gobbling up a bunch of cool studios too, so expect a few indie games to launch alongside the new console too.
With Sony, it’s a bit more difficult to predict.
We would have thought Sony would hold off on releasing a lot of their big exclusives, but they seem to be dropping them pretty quickly.
With Death Stranding hitting stores early November, and The Last of Us: Part 2 releasing in February, we don’t really have any idea what they will be bringing to the table.
Supposedly Bluepoint Studios – the devs behind many of the excellent remasters of old PS games like the stunning Shadow of Colossus – has a DevKit, though they remain tight-lipped on what they are working on.
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