Next Generation of Xbox due in 2020

Next Generation of Xbox due in 2020

By: Milo Hartmann

Microsoft recently announced that it had sold 29.4 million Xbox Ones. Sony announced that it had sold around 70.6 million PlayStation 4s. Microsoft, it seems, will try again to take on Sony once more in 2020 with a new generation of Xboxes. Many people are left wondering whether this new generation will be able to challenge Sony in market dominance and sales.

Specifications

Microsoft currently has two consoles in the making. One is code-named “The Xbox Anaconda.” It is supposed to be the successor to the Xbox One X, and be the more powerful of the two. Microsoft is aiming for it to have at least 10.7, if not 12 teraflops of computing power. The current Xbox One X has 6 teraflops, so it would be a major improvement. It will also have an AMD processor and 16 GB of RAM. As the more powerful of the two, it will come expensive for a console at $499. The other Xbox is currently called Lockhart. It will probably be the cheaper one of the two, and also have less power. It will be the follow up to the Xbox Ones S. This variant should have 12 gigabytes of RAM and even have DirectX Ray Tracing support. It will cost around $249. It will have a 4 teraflop GPU, and an 8 core CPU processor. Both of the models will also come with an SSD for storage, which will speed up boot times and the game library.

The Internet

Microsoft is great with software, and developers are hoping to take advantage of that. Many rumors currently suggest that Microsoft is working on a game library that can access the game libraries of consumers’ past Xbox games. This means that they can access their old Xbox 360 and Xbox One games through the Internet. Last year, Microsoft announced a platform designed project, xCloud, to let consumers play Xbox quality games on any device. These games will all be stored in the cloud, so anyone with internet access can play their games. This is a new feature that Sony has not mentioned before.

Opinion

Many writers have claimed that all of these new features will help Xbox take over the market segment in consoles and rival Sony’s PS5. Danny Paez from INVERSE said, “This could set the stage for an Xbox comeback.” On the other hand, Matt Brown from windowscentral.com said that Microsoft is in a good position to fight on the console war front for the next few years. While Microsoft will have a great line-up for the next few years, they probably will not be able to rival Sony. According to a few leaks, Sony is considering an 8 core 16 thread CPU. Also, they are thinking about an AMD GPU, but with 12.6 to 14.2 teraflops of power, with 20 GB of GDDR6. The only disadvantages are that it has a hard drive instead of an SSD. Sony will also be catering a lot to VR, and revamp its controller. While not many people have VR, if it comes with the PS5 standard, it will probably catch on. Also, with Dualshock controllers that have a screen, it will probably be revolutionary in the world of console gaming. Lastly, Sony has the most market dominance. They sell twice as many consoles as Microsoft. A loyal customer base should keep Sony strong. While these stats are unofficial, only rumors and leaks, Sony will come out on top. In the summer, things will become more official at E3 of 2019 and 2020. E3 of 2019, with tickets of $150, is on June 11-13. Xbox and Sony will probably launch their consoles in 2020, usually side by side as they always have.

The Engineering

Thanks to new innovations and designs, Microsoft has been able to include ray tracing into their GPU and brand new GDDR6 technology. Both companies have been able to double, if not triple their floating point operations per second (FLOPS). Microsoft also will continue to use their software engineering capabilities. This is in order to get their online game streaming and accessing programs working. Microsoft and Sony are competitors, and we live in a world full of capitalism, therefore, they will have to keep working to make their products the best for the consumer.

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