Welcome to the next generation of gaming

There has never been a better time to buy a new game console or PC. While consoles have typically been held back by weak CPUs, hard drives, and average GPU performance, the next generation PS5 and Xbox series S / X are promising some big leaps in performance that make them beyond the average gaming PC Will keep Nvidia, meanwhile, is claiming that it will deliver “the biggest breakthrough in PC gaming since 1999”, with its new RTX 3000 series of graphics cards.

The platform is set for next-generation games, which can take advantage of powerful CPU, GPU and SSD storage on consoles and PCs.

We are now beginning to know what this next generation will spend and when it will arrive. Microsoft is launching its Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles on November 10, priced at $ 499 for X and for S. Sony has not yet given a release date or pricing for the PS5, but it is almost certain Form is coming November And if you’re already interested in PS5 or Sony first-party games, you’re probably willing to pay the ultimate price, whatever.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 console.
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While Microsoft, Sony, and Nvidia are promising big things for the next generation of gaming, they are all preferring large amounts.

Microsoft and Sony are each offering two options. Microsoft is releasing a $ 299 Xbox Series S console that is less powerful than the larger Xbox Series X, as it is designed for people with 1080p TVs or 1440p monitors. The Series X is promising 4K gaming at up to 120fps. Sony is also launching the PS5: two next-gen consoles with its traditional disk drives and a disc-less digital version. This will give PS5 buyers a cheaper option, with similar performance and specs for both consoles. Although they appear similar, Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen approaches are very different, especially around hardware options.

Sony has opted for a fast-paced SSD, promising to fundamentally change the future of game design and reduce or eliminate load screens. The capability of this SSD technology has been demonstrated with Unreal Engine 5 and even Ratchet and Clank: Except for cracks. PS5’s SSD technology will also advance PC gaming if Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes it is probably several years away and how developers use it to its fullest is still a big unknown.

Sony is also promising 10.28 teraflop performance, which is about 15 percent less than the Xbox Series X. There are also some fundamental differences in cooling and architecture, allowing Sony to provide variable GPU and CPU speeds, with Microsoft sticking to more traditional fixed ones. Speed. Which design will provide the best experience for playing the game is still to be seen, but it is reasonable to assume that both will be very close in 4K performance. Either way, all gaming fans are winning here as a result of this big hardware push.

Both consoles will significantly reduce load time, provide higher frame rates in games and provide better visuals. CPU and SSD improvements alone are critical to game development, and if used fully, they can also push PC games to start requiring SSDs. It is encouraging both Sony and Microsoft to prioritize up to 120fps, rather than trying to market these consoles as 8K.

Nvidia’s RTX 3080 graphics card.
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We are also at the peak of an era of gaming that includes ray-tracing effects in real time. Nvidia pushed it two years ago with its RTX 2000 line of graphics cards, but game developers weren’t ready, consoles were definitely not ready, and pricing was a big issue. All three are promising next-gen console ray-tracing support, and we’ve started supporting more and more games. Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, And Minecraft There are some major additions, and a lot is bound to happen throughout 2021.

While console gaming is promoting hardware it desperately needs, PC gaming is certainly not lagging behind. Nvidia’s RTX 3080 promises twice the performance of the RTX 2080 for $ 699, while all GPUs deliver 29.7 teraflops of performance. If Nvidia’s numbers make a big performance jump – that’s performed Doom eternal So far – so 4K may be more affordable in the world of gaming PCs.

Nvidia is also trying to move beyond 4K, with its monster RTX 3090 graphics card promising 8K gaming for PC. AMD is also preparing to launch its next Radon line of cards, which will be based on the RDNA 2 architecture including hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable-rate shading. This is the same architecture that powers the Xbox Series X / S and PS5. AMD can help bring down the price of 4K PC gaming, but we won’t know until October.

This is the exciting end to a challenging year for the next generation of hardware gaming industry and the world at large. The ongoing coronovirus epidemic has taken shape again in how we all work and socialize. Games have provided an important way to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues and are a useful escape from the stress of an unusual year.

We are just a few days away from the next generation of PC graphics cards and exactly two months until the Xbox Series X / S launches. Sony now has PS4 and Nintendo to move the price towards 4K. Welcome to the next generation of gaming.