The PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles are scheduled to launch around October/November time in 2020 and are being backed to beat the PS4 and Xbox One in a big way. While the full specs of the PlayStation 5 have not been revealed yet, recent reports suggest that it will match the Xbox Series X in most ways. Other rumours suggest that both Microsoft and Sony are planning to launch less powerful consoles that will be cheaper to buy.
Sony is expected to announce more details regarding the PS5 in the coming weeks, with Microsoft expected to hold back to closer to E3.
However, with the new Coronavirus outbreak causing delays and cancellations, we could hear more about both consoles via live streams instead.
But even with the chance of further delays and shortages in 2020, that hasn’t stopped industry experts from backing both consoles in a big way.
Analyst Piers Harding-Rolls, who is the Head of Games Research at IHS Markit, believes that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will beat the launch figures of the last generation.
This is reliant on both consoles having competitive price points and not being affected by supply shortages.
“Although there is quite a lot we don’t know about the launch of next-generation consoles, my expectation is that both PS5 and Xbox Series X will launch strongly if there are no supply constraints and pricing is within an acceptable range, that being $499 or below,” he told MCVUK.
“By strongly I mean that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will beat the launch figures of PS4 and Xbox One.
“I hold this view because the PS4 has a significantly bigger active userbase compared to the PS3 back in 2013, which should put Sony in a stronger starting position at launch.
“I also expect Microsoft to have a much more effective launch this gen compared to Xbox One and to be better positioned to drive early adoption.”
Harding-Rolls also shared a prediction on what Microsoft and Sony will use to help further monetise the Xbox and PlayStation platforms, adding:
“Next-gen, I expect a stronger focus on services to differentiate console offerings. It’s clear that Microsoft will be focused on Xbox Game Pass, but only as part of a collection of ways to access content
“Using different distribution and monetisation models. I do not expect a wholesale transition to subscription services. I also expect Sony to continue evolving PlayStation Now. How the platform holders blend their services together and how they are integrated as product offerings will play an important role in engaging consumers.”
Both consoles will offer a big jump forward when it comes to power over the PS4 and Xbox One. And that’s understandable, as there hasn’t been a huge leap forward in terms of platform power for some time.
We did see the launches of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X help boost fidelity options but the PS5 and Xbox Series X will help bring consoles further in line with PCs.
However, there’s no doubt that both companies will also be planning for gaming platforms that don’t require consoles. Which explains why analysts expect growth in the area of subscription services and cloud gaming beyond 2020.
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