One could say that we are almost a whole year away from ever seeing the next generation consoles that Microsoft and Sony have installed for us. And while this rivalry that’s as old as father time has the two giants keeping their details absolutely under wraps, the information that’s already out there has the competition burning hot, with players still trying to predict which will be the ultimate console.
Over the last few months, we have started to hear some very provoking details about these new consoles that include promises of impressive amounts of processing power, a controversial V-shaped, LED-lit design to backwards compatibility and more.
But as Christmas 2020 is set to be the best time to test out these two new consoles, Xbox (who have been incredibly quiet) has now revealed what the console manufacturer sees as one of its most important assets in this fight. Xbox Games chief, Aaron Greenberg, spoke in an interview about one of the most significant parts of the puzzle for the next console, which promises to be a true powerhouse.
“We feel good about what we’ve done with the Xbox One X, and the same team that built that is also building Project Scarlett. What we’re seeing today is a huge upgrade in GPU – you can output in 4K, a lot of other benefits, memory structure and so on.
“For next-gen, I think you’ll see a big upgrade in CPU because we want to make sure you don’t have any compromises with the frame rate. Yes, we can do 4K, but we can also do frame rates up to 120.
“I think that type of capability will be something people don’t see today. And then the high-speed instant gaming using solid-state drives to enable instant resume, getting into games and being able to play by removing load times and load screens that exist today. That’s going to be a huge change.”
And while this may seem like an acknowledgement of the limitations that both Xbox One and PS4 have had in terms of CPU clock speeds, it’s also a reminder to the consumers that it’s not just graphics that determine the console’s success.
Yes, the right GPU is important as the ultimate gaming experience is determined from what you see. But the improvements brought about by a sturdy CPU that include fast loading speeds, quicker boot times, smooth UI and an instant resume back to gameplay, offer much more benefits to the player and in the long run result in the best gaming experience.
However, let’s not forget features like the SSD that also contribute to this. But while these two platforms are still expected to be among the best in the industry, do not forget Google’s new venture that has also pledged to bring the feature to its online-only gaming proposition in the coming months.
And while the game developers still haven’t spoken on whether their Xbox games will also run 120fps, we hope they will not decide to water this hype down.