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)|
|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|