Not many industries evolve as consistently as video games. The gaming industry continues to improve graphics, gameplay, and more within the medium. After several years of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the time for the next generation of gaming consoles is upon us. As the new year gets closer, companies are revealing more and more details about their new video game consoles. Here’s what we know about the next generation of video game consoles so far.
Xbox Series X
In 2019, Microsoft revealed it was working on its next-generation console that would succeed the Xbox One. The next-generation console held the name Project Scarlet for some time until they announced the official name at The Game Awards 2019. The brand-new console is the Xbox Series X; however, Microsoft later came out and said the name is just Xbox, as Series X is a specific model of the next-generation console.
Along with the name, Microsoft revealed the design of the new Xbox at The Game Awards 2019 via a world premiere trailer. The Xbox features a unique design that is minimalistic and modern. The upcoming console features a similar appearance to a PC but with an all-black look at the signature Xbox logo.
As far as specifications for the Xbox, the CPU will be an AMD ZEN 2 chipset with a rumored eight-core targeting around 3.5 GHz. The GPU is a custom processor located on the AMD and RDNA architecture which will have ray-tracing (a common feature for PC gaming). Microsoft also confirmed the new Xbox will have a solid-state drive, the ability to play games in 4K at 60FPS, and possibly go up to 120FPS. Additionally, there will be support for 8K capability and Variable Refresh Rate.
Besides specs, one of the main features of the Xbox Series X is it will have backward compatibility on day one. This means you will be able to play Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X will also have a wireless controller that will work with an Xbox One and a Windows 10 PC.
While they have yet to announce no specific date, the next-generation Xbox console will drop at the end of next year during the holiday season. This means it will likely be available to consumers between October and December. The Xbox Series X release date is no surprise given previous consoles have dropped in November. As such, there’s a good chance the next-gen console will follow suit in 2020.
The Xbox Series X may not have a release date, but there are already games available for the next-gen console for when it launches next year. The most notable Xbox Series X games include:
- Halo Infinite
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Gods & Monsters
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
- Dying Light
- Forza Motorsport 2020
In addition to the Xbox Series X release date, Microsoft has not revealed a price. At launch, the Xbox One cost $399 with a Kinect. The Xbox Elite and One X cost $499 each. Therefore, it seems that the Xbox Series X will cost around $500 when the console launches next year.
Sony is also developing its own next-generation console called the PlayStation 5. While Microsoft revealed details for the Xbox Series X, Sony remains tight-lipped on its upcoming next-generation console. However, we do know a few things about the PlayStation 5 as well as plenty of rumors.
Like the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation will hit stores during the holiday season next year. There’s no release date for Sony’s next-generation console yet, but the last two previous PlayStation consoles launched in November.
The PlayStation 5 specs seem to be very similar to what Microsoft is putting out with the Xbox Series X. It’s said the PlayStation 5 will have CPU and GPU AMD chips that will be able to sustain 8K graphics, ray tracing, 3D audio, and more. The CPU may also have an eight-core chip like the Xbox Series X.
In addition, the PlayStation 5 will have a backward capability with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games. There is no news on whether there will be a new PlayStation VR system. Many expect the PlayStation 5 will include a new controller that will resolve the battery issues the DualShock 4 has faced.
There was not an official reveal of the PlayStation 5’s design at The Game Awards 2019. However, Sony did confirm the first game for the next-generation console. They revealed the first gameplay for Godfall at the awards show, and it will be available for PlayStation 5 next year. Sony also confirmed Watchdogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine, and a new game from Bluepoint Studios for PlayStation 5 as of now.
Nintendo Switch 2
A lot of the attention may be on Microsoft and Sony, but Nintendo is also developing a next-generation console of their own. Many expect Nintendo to release a brand-new Switch console that will feature an upgrade in software and design. Nintendo’s upcoming console may be the one we know the least about; however, there is some speculation around what they might eventually put out.
Some thought Nintendo may drop a new console this year, however, it seems more likely it will come in 2020, although they have yet to confirm. Nintendo did release a new version of the Switch Lite this year, which they made for handheld mode.
Currently, this is all we know about the next-generation video game generation consoles. However, more information will come out during upcoming events as each console nears release. To ensure you’re ready for the next-generation of consoles from video game giants such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, you need to protect yourself from blue light. This is why you should invest in glasses specifically made for playing video games. This way, you can safely experience the next generation of the medium.