The Sony PS5 Could Be Short-Lived Compared to Previous Generations

by | Aug 1, 2020

The PS4 and Xbox One have been around for some seven years, which has become about the standard for gaming consoles. The fifth-gen PS5, however, could have a shorter lifecycle and be replaced with a sixth-gen model – presumably the PlayStation 6 – in as little as five years after its initial launch. That would mean that we could be going through this whole Microsoft vs. Sony charade as soon as 2024 with the next-gen consoles launching as soon as 2025.

News that the PS5 could be the shortest generation of the console to date comes via. Digitimes, which quotes a Taiwanese supply chain with inside knowledge. In those five years, it’s reported that Sony is estimated sales topping 120 million units which would be “roughly double” the sales numbers expected for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s move, at this point, is still a complete mystery as is what Sony would be able to do to make a PS6 stand out against the PS5. Specs for both Series X and PS5 are well known and far beyond what we have today and imagining something even better than what we’re about to get, without diving into full-blown and fine-tuned virtual reality feels impossible.

This news is also quite interesting because the PS5 – and Xbox Series X, for that matter – have yet to even arrive. Their launch might be on the horizon, and we’ve seen some game play, but we’re still waiting in anticipation for pricing and official release dates. It’s also worth nothing that the current-generation PlayStation has lasted longer than usual. The first three generations of the console – the PlayStation, PS2, and PS3 – were all replaced after six years on the market. The PlayStation 4 has lasted seven, so one would assume the PS5 and its advanced technology would last just a long if not longer, but that is apparently not the case.

The big elephant in the room right now, however, is the COVID-19 pandemic. That wildcard of 2020 has forced game developers and console engineers to work in unlikely and unexpected circumstances. It hasn’t forced a delay of Microsoft or Sony’s new console, but many games have been delayed and the effects of the pandemic could be felt throughout the game industry for years to come. With that in mind, you should take this with a grain of salt. Nothing is official yet, and we probably won’t learn more about future consoles until the Series X and PS5 are nestled comfortable in homes around the world.

Xbox Series X PlayStation 5
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Die Size 360.45mm2 N/A
Process TSMC 7nm Enhanced N/A
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s 448GB/s
Internal Storage 1TB Custom NVMe SSD Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed) 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage 1TB Expansion Card NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB 3.2 HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
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Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.