Despite supply chain disruptions due to the global pandemic, both Sony and Microsoft have stressed the fact that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will release this holiday season. We have also seen rumors suggesting that Sony wants to limit the number of PS5 consoles sold to every household. Regardless, we are getting these consoles in a few months, and after the Xbox presentation, we finally know (most) the launch titles for both consoles. While the Xbox presentation yesterday showed potential, it seemed to hold a lot of punches, it was Sony’s presentation a month ago that gave us an authentic look at next-gen gaming.
The price of both consoles is still a mystery as both companies are probably waiting on the other to announce a price, but rumors point towards a price lower than the $500 mark, which is a very good thing.
Consoles are expected to have a lifespan of at least 5 years. However, due to the pace at which tech was moving both Sony and Microsoft had to release enhanced versions of the PS4 and Xbox One. So, a question naturally arises are Sony and Microsoft considering releasing enhanced consoles down the road?
Sources from Tom who runs the channel ‘Moore’s Law is dead‘ on YouTube suggests that Microsoft and Sony are looking towards different directions when it comes to releasing the enhanced versions of the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Sources indicate that PS5, which is less powerful but dynamic, would not be upgraded into the PS5 Pro halfway into the console cycle. Instead, Sony is looking into releasing PlayStation 6 early, maybe in 2024 or 2025.
On the other hand, Microsoft wants to turn Xbox into a service. Microsoft has already started the preliminary work by cancelling the year-long Xbox Gold service. Microsoft thinks of the current generation as the last generation of ‘gaming consoles.’ It means they will keep rolling out enhanced versions of the Xbox Series X every few years until a substantial player base switch to their game streaming service. Microsoft has been very vocal about their dedication towards game streaming, which may come at an expanse of their Xbox hardware. We already know that xCloud will shift to Series X hardware in a year, which will improve the service significantly. Hence, Microsoft will eventually retire the Xbox consoles and shift entirely to game streaming.
To conclude, both Sony and Microsoft are going towards opposite directions. Sony is considering a console ‘generation’ that will end when the new console (PS6) arrives while Microsoft wants a console ‘cycle’ with the Series X tweaking and improving it along the way and eventually turn Xbox into a streaming service.