What can we expect from next-gen? That’s the big question. When it comes to next-gen power is a big talking point. In a recent interview with David Prein SR hardware developer at Xbox on the TXR Podcast, we discussed the power narrative and Project Scarlet. He was not able to share any real specs, but he did have some cryptic responses to our questions.
In the interview, David spoke about how both PS5 and Project Scarlet are going to share a lot of similarities when it comes to power. The human eye can only process so much information. Both consoles are aiming for that native 4k 60fps experience. There is enough power under the hood of the Scarlet to hit 8k in certain situations, but the 8k market is so small due to cost and lack of media. David feels when it comes to the power of Scarlet, it’s more about how they use that power.
Power vs. Performance
David explained performance is more important in his opinion. What’s the point in having a ton of power if the console can’t use it optimally.
His example was the comparison between a muscle car and a high-performance sports car. A muscle car is raw power that performs best in a straight line. Putting it on a track next to a high-performance sports car that can turn sharper and go from 0 to 60 quicker, you will see the limitations of raw power. David wants Scarlet to use all that power efficiently to create a fast performance experience. He wants to get you playing games quicker, fewer loading screens, and one of a kind physical environment experiences.
60fps vs. 30fps
The difference 60fps can make in a game is very noticeable. Some players would prefer a faster frame rate over 4k resolution. Rage 2 proved this by only being 1080p but at 60fps. Movements are fluid, it feels like your seamlessly floating around in battels. The environment feels more natural in its movements. Trees and bushes move more naturally when the wind blows. Objects, vehicles, and NPCs just move fluidly through the world. To see 60fps put next to 30fps, check out the video linked with this article.
With next-gen on the horizon, we can expect a new kind of generation. One where consoles are not only powerful but are also performance fast, opening the doors for new tech like ray tracing and better in-game physics. You also can’t forget next-gen will also be the first-gen to be truly backward compatible making the games we already love faster and better looking than ever. So let us be excited for yet another groundbreaking next generation.