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Sony and Microsoft to launch new consoles- PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X by end of 2020



Next Generation Console for Sony – PS5

Sony has some major news for gamers. On June 11, 2020, during the streaming event “Future of Gaming”, it was announced that the next-generation Playstation 5 (PS5)  would be released later this year.   Viewers got a sneak peak at the aesthetics of the completely redesigned console hardware. The sleek and futuristic look makes for a stark comparison to the previous model. In addition there will be a handful of accessories that match the PS5 design including a new headset called the Pulse 3D. 

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There has not yet been an exact release date set, but according to the Sony website, it appears have plans to stick with the originally projected holiday release.  They have also not yet mentioned any information regarding pricing.  Based on news from Bloomberg, Sony’s cost to manufacture the console has been estimated at $450 but this does not necessarily reflect what the end retail price will be, although it could be expected to be significantly higher. 

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With any new hot product there will be some serious buzz, and Sony is anticipating a surge of sales. It has been reported that there will be a limit of one per customer, initially, as the company gears up for pre-orders.  The fact that Sony’s landing page has a photo place-holder for the PS5 on Amazon strongly suggests information on pricing and a specific release date may be coming very soon. 

Below are a breakdown of some of the specifications and what to expect with the new PlayStation console. 

  • Custom CPU, GPU and SSD with Integrated I/O 
  • 4K – TV Gaming
  • Up to 120fps with 120 Hz output
  • HDR Technology
  • 8K Output – 4320p resolution display 

Microsoft offers new version of Xbox: The Series X

Oh wait, that’s not all. Microsoft is also very much in the mix with the upcoming release for its newest generation console, the Xbox Series X, which is anticipated to have a late 2020 release. The Series X was originally unveiled at the Game Awards last year on December 13, 2019. There is also another influx of new information on Xbox games released for the new console and was revealed during its Games Showcase.

Below are a breakdown of some of the specifications and what to expect with the new Xbox console

  • 12 Teraflops
  • Variable rate shading and Variable refresh rate
  • Supports 120 fps
  • Custom built SSD

Games and Pricing

As for the prices of 2020 game titles for the next-generation console for both consoles, big news was just announced by Ubisoft. It was confirmed that during an earnings call that games will be the same price as current generation games which typically average around $60.

Both Playstation and Xbox will support backward-compatibility, meaning if you have previous generation games they will still work with the newest console. Although there will be massive competition against the two tech giants, a release of next-gen consoles regardless of which -is huge. Countdown to holiday season begins now!


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