Towards the end of this console generation, we saw Microsoft catch up with Sony – the launch of the Xbox One X back in 2017 really helped Microsoft recover lost ground just as it seemed the PlayStation would be crowned generation champion once and for all.
Since then, the friendly competition between Xbox and PlayStation has seemed more even. Sure, PlayStation may get the better exclusive games, but Microsoft's Xbox Games Pass offerings and commitment to value has seen players once again warm to the brand.
We're on the verge of the next generation. The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Scarlett will launch in Holiday 2020 and renew the rivalry between Sony and Microsoft fans once again, and even at this early stage it looks like we've got a good indication of which console may come out on top.
And it's sure to upset long-time Xbox fans.
PS5 News and Leaks
ResetEra forums member Kleegamefan , who seems to be a reliable and consistent source when it comes to next-gen hardware specs and rumours, recently revealed that the PlayStation 5 pipping Microsoft's Xbox Scarlett in terms of game performance.
That's sure to be a blow for the company, coming off the back of the Xbox One X's proud declaration that it's the 'most powerful console in the world'.
Kleegamefan also notes that this difference in game performance is due to the PlayStation 5's advanced development hardware and software, that seem to be in a more advanced state (hence making them easier for developers to use effectively).
It's worth noting that Kleegamefan's findings are based on devkit performance and are not reflections of the final hardware.
"Right now, game performance is better on PS5," the user reports.
"I believe that is probably because PS5 development hardware and software are in a more advanced state. I fully expect Scarlett to close that gap once they ship more mature dev kits and software."
The insider believes that Microsoft could demonstrate its skill with software development to make up for any hardware shortcomings in the future, though.
"It must be said, since software, not hardware, is a traditional Microsoft area of expertise, it's very possible that they could ultimately deliver more advanced DirectX development software, in the end, allowing games to run better on Scarlett even if the hardware is less capable."
Though there are some finalised console specs out there, there's also still quite a lot we don't know about these machines – expect to hear more about them sooner rather than later, though.
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