Details Emerge of the Purported Power of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5

It’s 2020 and that can only mean one thing. New consoles are coming.

Details have been sparse, as Microsoft has shown of some nuggets of the Series X prior to the holidays while PS5 dev kit leaks hit the internet. The most recent leaks however, are quite intriguing if true.

We can possibly be seeing two strategies at work from Sony and Microsoft. In one corner, we have competitive pricing and in the other best in class power. I can just sit back and watch the fanboys react.

I’ll try to sum up, but in a nutshell, according to Eurogamer and Digital Foundry, the PS5’s Oberon chipset and system specifications should output 9.2 teraflops of gaming goodness. Meanwhile, details on the Xbox Series X are more sparse with the Arden chipset, but Digital Foundry estimates 12 teraflops. For those who are shit in math, 12 is bigger than 9, which in this case is a good thing.

If true, the Xbox Series X will have a clear power advantage over the PS5, but this advantage will come at a cost. Sources claim that Sony is targeting the magic $399 price point, which Microsoft will have a tough time hitting. $499 may be more reasonable target for the Series X and there comes the trade-off. Power or price. This could very well be the reason Microsoft may be releasing two SKUs. There’s the beefy Series X and the rumored cheaper “Project Anaconda.”

Time will tell, but I love the drama that comes with new hardware releases.

[Source: Digital Foundry]

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