The Xbox One X has only just launched and some players are already wondering when the next generation of consoles will arrive. According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, you shouldn’t expect to see a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Y (or whatever they want to call it) for at least two years.
While Guillemot may not have the console makers exact timeframe he may be as close to an inside track as we can get at this point. Games take years to develop to chances are Ubisoft and developers like them have probably already received some details on what they expect to be working within the coming years.
The PS4 launched in late 2014 with the Xbox One following a year later, meaning that Guillemot’s 2019 prediction would be in line with the roughly five-year lifespan expected of this generation. Both Sony and Microsoft have recently released mid-generation consoles which are basically just buffed up versions of their existing consoles and makes it unlikely that a “new generation” will follow immediately but two years does not sound like that long of a wait. Gamers have an interesting decision, invest in an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro now or start saving for that next generation.
The Xbox One X is currently the most powerful console on the market, offering developers 6 Teraflops of processing power. Some of the enhanced games like Assassin’s Creed Origins and Rise of Tomb Raider look spectacular, rivalling high-end PCs with their 4K graphics. The PS4 Pro doubles the PS4’s power and with HDR enhancement patches also makes difference in visuals and performance for current generation games, but is it enough to invest another $500 in a console?
For Sony and Microsoft, these mid-generation consoles are a major boost to hardware sales by dropping prices on the original models and selling upgrades to existing users along with peripherals. For Sony, for instance, one in five PS4s sold now is a PS4 Pro and PSVR ownership is higher among PS4 Pro owners than PS4 owners. Developers are also excited as Guillemot explained,
We really like the fact that Sony and Microsoft are really putting more power in their machines, using the evolution of technology to give power to our developers to create better games for our players.
More power means developers can create more impressive games and help current titles make their maximum impact. Games like Origins or Madden NFL 18 already look incredible on these new machines and future titles like The Last of Us: Part II are poised to only be more spectacular.
Will you be buying a new system this holiday season? Which one and why?