Analysts: There will be no successor to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X

Sony PS5 & Xbox Series X

The life cycle of both Sony and Microsoft game consoles is longer than that of most modern PCs, averaging 6-7 years. Considering that the next-generation game consoles – the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – have proven to be expensive to manufacture and rumored to be selling negatively, Sony and Microsoft will want to extend their lifecycle even further. But if during this time, cloud gaming services received a strong development, then neither the PlayStation 6 nor the successor to the Xbox Series X can be seen.

Analysts: There will be no successor to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X

While cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Apple Arcade are not able to compete with game consoles, however, in the next seven years they can change significantly – they should improve in performance, number of games and other aspects, and then “cloud gaming” will be able to real competition with the PlayStation and Xbox.

At the same time, cloud services will have the traditional advantage in flexibility: play even on a smartphone, even on a tablet, PC or laptop. It is on the basis of such conclusions that analysts at Citi Securities Japan make the assumption that the PlayStation 6 may no longer appear. Users will simply get used to cloud gaming services, and they simply will not need an extra highly specialized gaming device in physical embodiment.

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Sony PS5 Specs comparison with Microsoft Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency, with SMT)
8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz
(3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs,
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
12.16 TFLOPs,
52 CUs at 1.825GHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 10GB at 560GB/s,
6GB at 336GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB NVMe SSD 1TB Custom NVMe SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw),
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
2.4GB/s (Raw),
4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot 1TB Expansion Card
External Storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
HDMI 2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR) 2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)
Backward compatibility PlayStation 4 Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
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