If those Hellblade 2 trailer graphics are accurate to what we'll see during gameplay, and from an early 9th gen game no less, the jump from PS4/Xbone to PS5/XSX looks to be more impressive than the jump from PS3/360 to PS4/Xbone, at least to my eyes.
PS4 and Xbox One were quite underpowered from launch compared to PCs, while the 360 and PS3 were a more higher end with what was available at the time. It looks like Microsoft and Sony are going with higher end specs once again.
Nah. Mid-range again.
Last edited by Pemalite - on 14 December 2019
An 8-core Zen 2 chip is a mid-range CPU on the desktop right now... 2-4 cores are low-end, 6-8 cores are mid-range, 12-16-18 core parts are high-end and 24-32-64 cores are Enthusiast.
And by the time next-gen consoles launch, Zen 3 will be on the market with a rumored 15% IPC uplift with potentially increased clockspeeds and core counts, so that will push an 8-core Zen 2 further down the ladder to potentially the low-end part of the market.
RDNA 2 will be on the market as well, Navi was a hybrid RDNA+GCN hybrid graphics processor, still retains the GCN instruction set even, RDNA 2 should offer some sizable IPC gains and new features like Ray Tracing. (Which is being backported to Navi for the consoles.)
Conversely, nVidia will have the RTX 3000 series on the market as well and will be nVidia's first foray into 7nm, so expect some big things, wouldn't be surprised to see gains of 50%.
And then you have the Ram... 16GB of potential system memory on the consoles isn't massive, especially as it's shared between all components verses the PC, the SSD does make up for that somewhat as they should be able to stream data on demand more effectively, but it is still not as good as real Ram.
So yeah. Next-gen consoles will be comparatively mid-range devices just like the 8th gen... You can only fit so much into a small box with a tiny budget, it's impressive they achieve what they do though.