Xbox Series X and PS5 next-gen consoles are launching later this year, and fans couldn’t be more excited.
While there’s still no word on exact release dates and pricing, fans have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the consoles.
With ray-tracing technology, SSD drives and more teraflops than you can shake a stick at, both next-gen consoles will be packing some serious power.
It’s also been suggested that the PS5 will feature next-gen virtual reality support, though the same can’t be said for Xbox Series X.
After seemingly ruling out VR support for Xbox Series X at launch, Microsoft has finally broke its silence about whether or not virtual reality will ever make an appearance on the next-gen device.
“There are a lot of people I know that are working on some good VR titles, great VR titles, and I’m not trying to not be supportive of that,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer told Gamertag Radio.
“My main point was, I wanted to be clear with our customers on where our focus was. So that if somebody was waiting for us to bring out a VR headset for Series X, at the launch or something – we’re not going to do that.”
Spencer did, however, give VR fans hope that the killer PlayStation feature could one day make an appearance on Xbox Series X.
“[We are] never going to close our eyes to where things are going,” Spencer continued (via Gamingbolt).
“I don’t hope it goes away – I hope it gets bigger. I hope it’s something that’s so important that it would be a no-brainer for us to go and support it.”
Fingers crossed virtual reality continues to gain fans, because when VR is at its best, there are few experiences that can match it.
Powered by an AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU and an AMD Navi-based GPU with 12 TFLOPs of power, the Xbox Series X is certainly capable of handling the technology.
According to Microsoft, the console will provide “world-class” visuals with variable refresh rate support and 8K capabilities.
“We will also remove the technical barriers faced in previous generations and enable developers to create more expansive, immersive gaming worlds that invite more players to play,” Microsoft confirms.
“From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with the possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability.
“Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware-accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console.
“Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.”