Consoles have grown in popularity immensely over the last few years. PS4 and Xbox One were both released back in November 2013 and since then, PS4 managed to sell over 94 million consoles. This round of console wars definitely goes to Sony as PS4 seems to smash the competition.
Xbox One is not even close to PS4 with “just” 42 million sales. Xbox One is also rapidly losing ground to the third most popular console in the world, the Nintendo Switch. The Switch has managed to ramp up to 33 million sold consoles and is currently taking 19% of the console market.
Yes, Xbox One currently takes 25% but it launched 2 years earlier. This makes Microsoft’s job a very challenging one when it comes to the next generation of consoles. It’s absolutely certain that once the announcement comes for either PS5 or Xbox Two, the rivals will announce their own product in a matter of days or weeks.
Currently, all expectations point to 2020 to be start of the next round in the console wars. So, in order to be a step ahead of the competition, Microsoft is allegedly planning to release 2 different versions of the Xbox Two.
The first version will be the normal console model, which will be focused on running the latest games. A lot of high-spec hardware will be included to offer gamers the best possible gaming experience.
The second version will be a far more affordable, cloud-specific model. While this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, the Xbox Game Pass subscription, will give gamers over 100 titles to choose from for just $9.99.
All eyes on the console wars
All information points out that Sony is getting ready for the next console wars with just 1 version of the PS5. Sony will reportedly focus entirely on performance and will use the latest AMD Ryzen processors combined with top of the line Navi graphics cards. The console will also feature a new ray-tracing technology that will do wonders for games to appear more realistic.
Microsoft knows full well that performance is key so the Xbox Two will probably not be too far behind. The Xbox Two will most likely support native 4K HDR gaming and be equipped with SSDs to help with load speed. The more affordable, streaming-focused model will definitely be of use in the next round of the console wars.
Most gamers however, know full well that hardware is not the why Microsoft is losing the console wars. Microsoft offers many features that Sony does not. The 2TB storage, the native 4K and even the backward-compatibility with older versions. Microsoft has it all but it fails miserably when it comes to content.
Microsoft is however, already looking to rapidly expand its game library. 15 acquisitions were made back in 2018 and 7 were video game studios.
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) November 11, 2018
The console wars are ramping up speed and the next round will see no sides spare expenses. Both parties are fully aware of their strong and weak points and are actively working to fix them. There is no doubt that currently Sony is the king of consoles. The throne however, will be harder to keep as the opposition grows stronger every time.
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