Not everyone thinks that the price and release date of the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett will be the main factors that affect which machine comes out on top in the next console generation.
There’s no doubt that both Sony and Microsoft will need to be careful about how they price their new hardware and when they launch it.
Analysts and market watchers believe that a starting price no higher than $500 is probable and that both consoles will launch in 2020.
But some industry experts have also highlighted other tough factors that will be coming into play in the future.
One interesting point that was recently raised regards exclusivity and how that might affect the gaming market.
Some of the PS4’s best-selling games are exclusive to the PlayStation platform and have no doubt helped drive console sales.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has had to deal with a certain level of fallout with their own first-party output.
But this might not be such a factor in the coming years, according to Inti Creates president, Takuya Aizu.
Speaking to Video Games Chronicle, via PlaystationLifestyle, Aizu raised the point that games are now much more likely to be multi-platform products.
Interestingly, this could put more pressure on the exclusive content offered by the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett when they do launch.
“So when these companies put out new consoles I think one of the most important things for them is going to be how many exclusives they can have at their launch, because if they don’t have those then the chance that they’re going to have a failed launch is going to be pretty high I think,” Aizu told VGC.
“The other thing that will determine the new consoles’ fate is the precedent that Nintendo Switch set.
“It does something new that no system can or has done. So whatever these new systems are, they’re going to need to offer an experience that you can only have by owning it.
“I think that, especially with the precedent that Nintendo Switch has set, that uniqueness is more important than ever now.”
This raises some interesting points as both consoles will be looking to offer something different.
The PS5 will have PSVR compatibility and may even have a PSVR 2 headset announced for it following the console’s launch.
New findings sourced by Inverse suggests a new device is in development that could cost around $250 to buy and will be wireless.
This will provide a lot more mobility for the wearer but will limit how long you can play and use the PSVR 2.
The new virtual reality headset will also pack some tremendous new specs, with Inverse reporting a 560-by-1,440 resolution, a 120-hertz refresh rate and a 220-degree field of view for PS5 gamers.
An excerpt from one filling reads: “The detection section detects the posture of a head-mounted display worn on the head of a user.
“The status determination section determines a user’s gaze direction and a binocular inclination angle in accordance with the posture of the head-mounted display, which is detected by the detection section.”
Backwards Compatibility on both consoles is another unique feature to help keep current console users locked in.
Being able to play your PS4 collection on the PS5 – the same with Xbox One and Scarlett – should provide a big incentive to stay loyal.
There will also be the new xCloud streaming service for Xbox users, with Sony also talking about expanding their PlayStation NOW service.