Sony and Microsoft are gearing up for their next gen gaming consoles which are expected to launch sometime next year. Not much is clear about what to expect from the new Xbox or PS5, it’s still a long time before we start seeing something substantial.
A discussion about the new consoles on a ResetEra thread recently went viral where Kotaku’s Jason Schreier stated that both the next gen Xbox and PS5 will enter the market not anytime before 2020. He also said that there isn’t much insider information yet to reveal anything definitive but there was one thing he was sure about. He claimed that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming to compete with Google’s Stadia and thus the next generation consoles will feature more than 10.7 teraflops of graphical power.
To put things into perspective, the Xbox One X manages around 6.0 teraflops and the PS4 Pro around 4.2 teraflops. Google announced that every Stadia server will be equipped with a 10.7 teraflop GPU and took extreme pride in showing off these numbers at the launch event making the current gaming consoles look blown away.
Since the reveal of Google’s new cloud gaming and streaming service, people have started to question the existence of gaming consoles altogether. The users believe that if Google can make Stadia available for a reasonable price, they would totally consider trying it out. Most of the console gamers already pay a monthly subscription fee, $19.99 for PlayStation Now or $9.99 for Xbox Game Pass. The idea of a similar gaming experience for a monthly fee without having to spend on hardware is fascinating.
This puts a lot of pressure on Sony and Microsoft. In fact, gaming consoles do not count for a lot of profit it is actually the games that make money and consoles provide for the channel. More console sales means more software fed to the consumers. This presses the point even more.
The consoles have already matured a lot in terms of software and games, if there is any margin for improvment the hardware is what can make the final product stand out. With 10.7+ teraflops, these consoles will become very comparable to high end gaming computers.