Digital Foundry has released a new video in which Richard Ledbetter discusses a possible upgrade to the PS5 and Xbox Series X hardware, which you will now call for convenience PS5 Pro And “Xbox Series Next” And if, given current market conditions and technological advances, are they really necessary or reasonable to do so? Legitimate doubts, because, as we will soon see, the disadvantages of mid-generation consoles are by no means insignificant.
One raised doubts Digital Foundry Is that we are almost two years away from the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S and the “true next generation” is still ahead because we are still in the middle of a crossover generation. In this case, Leadbetter involves not only developing titles exclusively for the current generation of consoles, but also using advanced technology such as the demo version of the Matrix created using Unreal Engine 5: If PS5 and Xbox Series X. | S is not yet packed, what does it make sense to create a PS5 Pro or Xbox series in a year or two?
Another question discussed by DF is what goal can be set for any upgrades to the middle generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles. DF explains that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X were released in response to the growing popularity of the 4K display, thus meeting the specific needs of the market. The same conditions may not exist in this generation as 8K TVs are fighting They settled down and who knows if they will succeed. In this sense, the promise of superior performance alone may not be enough to penetrate the mass market. Nor does it have the necessary technologies to implement a An important leap Hardware.
DF also points out the problem Production costs. A video from the Digital Foundry explains how they have declined dramatically in previous generations over time. In the case of the Xbox 360, for example, production costs were reduced by almost three-quarters from start-up to end-of-life. But for the PS5 and Xbox Series X everything can be very different as well Costs are not falling at the same pace And therefore, launching a more powerful model may be impossible (or require an out-of-market selling price, we will add). Also, remember DF, the success To Nintendo Switch This is Xbox Series S Proves that power is not everything.
The last point that DF discusses relates to current World economic situationInflation is rising while console prices remain fixed (as opposed to GPU prices), which means Sony and Microsoft are making small profits for units sold on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and this situation could be exacerbated by hardware upgrades.
What do you think? Do you think the PS5 Pro and Xbox Series Next will arrive sooner, despite the potential problems listed by Digital Foundry? Let us know in the comments.