Sony’s PlayStation 5 (or whatever it gets called later on) is still a couple years away from getting launched. Still, speculation about Sony’s next-gen offering remains among the hottest topics in the gaming community. Gamers can’t wait to see what cool new features they get with the PS5.
While it’s still too early to know how exactly it’ll be a step up over its predecessors, the gaming community believes that we will see some massive changes in the console gaming scene when it gets launched. Massive changes, like inherent, native 4K support and 240 fps, as predicted by famed analyst Michael Pachter.
When asked about whether or not the PS5 still have technology on par with the next-generation Xbox – which has already been rumored to be more than just one device – the analyst said,
“Whether Sony does it, I think they will probably have that 4K and 240 FPS device that’ll support PSVR.”
For those who are well versed with current generation gaming systems, the Sony Playstation 4 Pro seems underpowered when compared to the Xbox One X. This is because the One X is capable of rendering games at native 4K resolutions, while Sony makes use of a technique called checkerboarding to enhance resolutions to 4K. The differences between native and checkerboarding techniques become obvious when you compare a recent game like Red Dead Redemption 2, which came out on both the consoles. The PS4 Pro version looks muddy in certain parts, whereas the One X version comes out looking more detailed.
Moreover, most 4K-supported games on consoles are capped at 30 fps, so this is one area where Sony can improve in its future console. Another drawback the PS4 Pro has against an Xbox One X is that it can’t play 4K Blu-ray content through the disc drive. The One X as well as the cheaper One S consoles by Microsoft do. This too should be addressed by Sony for its next console.
Michael concluded his observations by saying that there might be multiple consoles by every company for the next generation, with some of them cheaper for the average Joe.
“Whether they have a PlayStation Now device that is streaming only, I don’t know. Maybe there will be two each for PlayStation and Xbox, but I would be surprised if there were more than two, and I’m not sure whether Sony is committed to doing that.”