Last week, a developer known as Dusk Golem posted on Twitter claiming that the PS5 would be more expensive than the Xbox Series X. He added that Sony’s console would be less powerful and would even have difficulty displaying native 4K.
Since PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 launch, it’s been a battle of numbers between Microsoft and Sony fans. “Who is the biggest”? The battle is exacerbated this year as the new consoles from both manufacturers will be released for the holiday season. We even know, officially, that the Xbox Series X will be available in November, certainly at the very beginning of the month. And the release of the PS5 should logically be quite close.
War of figures ,therefore, focuses on the computing capacities of the GPUs of each console. For some players, this notion is not trivial since the power of the graphics processor lets you know if the graphics will be fine, if the special effects (such as ray-tracing) will be dazzling and if the refresh rate will be high. For anyone who is more sensitive to the visual aspect of games, this is essential.
Fake 4K on PS5?
A developer called Dusk Golem, a specialist in survival horror games spoke on Twitter. He claims the PlayStation 5 would be more expensive than the Xbox Series X, without giving more details, while being less powerful. He explains that he spoke with other developers who say the PS5 has difficulty displaying smooth 4K and that some games will be offered in “fake 4K”. The display definition will be 4K, but the game will be up-scaled. He takes as an example Capcom’s Resident Evil Village (aka Resident Evil 8), a game scheduled for launch next year.
Obviously, this statement should be taken with great care. Although this information could be confirmed in the near future, it seems to contradict the official technical details announced by Sony. Indeed, even if the power of the GPU of the PS5 is a little behind (10.28 teraflops against 12 teraflops), the Japanese firm confirms that it is able to display an image in 8K. And, as the saying goes, “who can do more can do less”.
What if this was an optimization problem?
In the defense of Dusk Golem, it is not impossible that the game engine used by Capcom on Resident Evil Village does not yet take advantage of all the technical characteristics of the console, especially its special SSD. If the PS5 is more complex to program, independent studios could abandon Sony. Hence an impression expressed in our columns a few days ago that the Xbox Series X is richer in games from third-party publishers.