With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s safe to say it’s effect has definitely been felt. Earlier last month, Sony had also cancelled both their appearances at GDC and PAX East, but once the whole event itself was effectively cancelled, Xbox was still itching to get another shoe up on Sony even without GDC. Microsoft have now revealed their plans to live stream some developer-focused showcases, but the one that stands out has to be the Xbox Series and Project xCloud announcement on March 18th.
If you’re comparing Microsoft’s and Sony’s approaches to the next generation of gaming, then you’ll know that Microsoft is light years ahead of telling their audience what to expect for the new devices. They’re going to be capable of 12 teraflops of GPU performance, DirectX Ray tracing, Quick Resume, among other things. Now with the hour long live-stream about Xbox Series X and Project xCloud, we’re bound to hear more details on what the next-gen console will be capable of.
— Microsoft Game Stack (@MSFTGameStack) March 9, 2020
Some of the confirmed specs thus far include a custom-designed CPU based AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA 2 architecture. It will also have 8K gaming support with frame rates of up to 120fps, as well as a NVMe SSD for faster load times. We’ll probably get even more details on the software side of things for the Xbox Series X, so we’ll have to wait till March 17th to see what’s up.
One thing is for certain though, if we’re considering just how much Microsoft and Xbox are revealing and hyping up their console, Sony is falling sorely behind. We haven’t gotten any details, let alone a look at the actual design of the PS5, so PlayStation fans are pretty misinformed about their next generation of gaming. Hopefully, that changes, but as of now, it’s looking fairly unlikely we’ll be hearing any new information about the PS5 capabilities anytime soon.
Your move Sony. Your move.