5 Things we expect about the PS4 Neo and the XBox Scorpio. #3 could kill the Xbox
Several websites have been playing the game of trying to understand how the upcoming “half generation” consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the PS4 Neo and Xbox Scorpio respectively, will compare.
1. Both consoles will be powerful machines, but the PS4 Neo won’t be as powerful as the Xbox Scorpio
It seems to be agreed among the industry that the PS4 Neo won’t have as much GPU power as the Xbox Scorpio. The Scorpio will support 6 TeraFLOPs while the PS4 Neo will have 4.2.
Why does it matter to you as a gamer? Well, website redsharknews states:
FLOPS stands for Floating Point Operations Per Second and is a term used to measure a computer’s ability to do math; specifically its ability to do complicated math using numbers with lots of decimal places. That’s what the “Point” in Floating Point refers to. Why is this important? The real world doesn’t work in simple integers (numbers without decimal places).
Alright, so, supposedly better graphics for the XBOX Scorpio, even though both devices will support 4K resolution, and at the end of the day how programmers leverage the power on the 2 consoles is what will matter. IGN have a cool comparison chart for more details.
2. 4K Support will not only be for video, but for games as well
The two consoles could tout 4K support for Video, what matters to gamers will bee the possibility to play games in 4K as well. 4K resolution in games might bring a performance problem and reduce the fps though. Everyone’s hoping gamers won’t have to sacrifice FPS for resolution and vice versa.
3. PS4 Neo might release before Xbox Scorpio
No proper release date has been announced for the PS4 Neo, but a few industry insiders are saying it might release as early as this year. GameStop COO Tony Bartel said that there was a new console coming soon: “Although we have not modelled extensive growth for new innovation in this presentation, we are very pleased to see the introduction of technology like virtual reality and rumoured new console launches. Some of which seem imminent.” (source)
Conversely, the Scorpio is rumored to be out in December 2017. This could give a huge time advantage to Sony if confirmed to be true. Having the PS4 Neo out 1 year ahead of the Xbox Scorpio could definitely kill Microsoft in the console wars, at least for this generation. This is in particular true given the advance that the PS4 has in terms of sales.
4. Games will be backwards compatible with the PS4 and the Xbox One
Thee two companies have firmly stated that owners of the current generation of consoles won’t be considered as “second class citizens”. They’re putting strong rules on backwards compatibility for games released for the XBox Scorpio and PS4 Neo.
As such, it means wee won’t see a “PS4 Neo exclusive, not compatible with PS4” kind of title any time soon, but it is obvious that the new devices will improve the experience in games. It might be a better resolution for owners of the PS4 Neo, or slightly better framerate, nicer textures in game, shorter loading times, you name it.
At the end of the day, it will be exactly the same as comparing a mid-range PC to a highend PC: they can probably both run all games, but on the highend one, the experience is going to be better.
5. Prices are expected to be around $100 more than the original models
A few insiders have come out of the woods to state that both the Neo and the Scorpio will cost roughly $100 more than their older sisters. This could mean the PS4 Neo will be cheaper than the Xbox Scorpio, unless Microsoft decide to align their price with Sony to avoid making the marketing mistake they did when the current generation was announced.
Either way, it is predicted that the PS4 Neo will give gamers more bang for their bucks, in particular if Sony decide to sell bundles including Playstation VR at reduced prices, which is extremely likely.
Are you looking forward to the next “half” generation? Will you use the opportunity to buy a second console of the same manufacturer, or see on the other side of the fence if the pasture is greener? Or will you just keep your current console?