PS5 Versus Xbox ‘Project Scarlett’—Which Will Suck Less

By CCN Markets: Console wars return for season five! Who will win the bloody free-for-all this year? The team that sucks less, of course. The main points for each team have been listed below, but they are operating with thin margins to bring their visions to fruition. A comparable gaming PC is projected to be much, much more expensive when compared to the expected launch prices of the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox ‘Project Scarlett’.

PS5—The Unnamed Project

With an unconfirmed potential release date slated for “early 2020” and a generally expected launch price around $500, the PS5 is set to clip competitors’ wings by saturating the next-gen market initially. It remains to be seen, whether the console can manage to rein costs in under $600 between the custom hardware and growing game sizes.

Peter Rubin discusses pricing expectations for the 2020 release of the PlayStation 5

Hardware

Speaking of hardware, who would like an 8K gaming powerhouse with largely custom-built Navi hardware and a Ryzen-based series 7 CPU? How about a purpose-built solid-state drive (SSD) which Sony claims will “outperform virtually any PC SSD on the market”? The PS5 promises to deliver but leaves the community with worries about storage space on the drive and external drive compatibility. The PS5 also promises to deliver substantially improved ‘3D audio’.

If the units ship with a small SSD as is the case with many other production SSD-equipped electronics, such as the Mac Airbook Pro, with an MSRP around $1100, gamers may be looking at a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD out of the box—spoiler alert, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 takes around 80 GB of storage memory, and it cannot be played in 8K quality.

A small SSD may leave room for Sony to upsell external SSD units as an aftermarket upgrade—generally speaking, SSDs above 1TB tend to run in the $300 range, while larger drives only go up from there.

Graphics Quality

8K gaming is, theoretically, awesome. The problem with 8K,…

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