2017 will be marked by the release of the next-gen gaming consoles from three of the biggest gaming companies–Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.
Although Sony has clearly made its mark early on, Microsoft and Nintendo seem to be taking their time with it. The coming year will be welcomed by Nintendo with the release of the Nintendo Switch some time in March. This will then be followed by Microsoft with the Xbox Scorpio.
Sony Playstation 4 Pro vs Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio
Last November, Sony unveiled its latest arsenal in the world of console gaming, the Playstation 4 Pro. This machine boasts of a slightly impressive 4K gaming specs as well as performance. It sports a custom AMD Jaguar chip that packs eight cores crunching floating point calculations at 4.2 TFLOPS. It is capable of supporting 4K and HDR gameplay on various PS4 game titles with an additional patch.
On the other hand, the Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio boasts of a similar AMD custom chip but with a much higher output. The said processor is capable of doing six trillion single precision floating point calculations per second. On top of that, it supports a memory bandwidth of 320Gbps; comparable to a gaming desktop graphics cards. Just like the PS4 Pro, the Project Scorpio will also support 4K gaming natively.
While the specs for the Project Scorpio may seem like it is the sure winner, Sony would have gained enough momentum already. As mentioned earlier, the PS4 Pro is already available and can be purchased for $400. On the other hand, the Xbox Project Scorpio is scheduled to be released sometime between November and December 2017. The months between now and then is enough for Sony to amass millions of units for the PS4 Pro.
Then There Is the Nintendo Switch
Quite sadly, the Nintendo Switch cannot be compared to the two big consoles, at least not directly. For one, it is marketed as a hybrid gaming console supporting portable and standard console gaming. It has an built-in display, much like the Wii-U, for on-the-go gaming. And, for users who just want to sit down and relax with a game or two, the Nintendo Switch also comes with a dock that connects to a television.
Although it may seem that the Nintendo Switch is beneath the aforementioned gaming consoles, it still packs one heck of a punch. 4K gaming aside, Nintendo?s upcoming console is still capable of high quality and realistically looking gameplay.
Another thing worth mentioning about the Nintendo Switch is the ease of game development. According to Digital Trends, developers have expressed accolades toward Nintendo for making the game development on the platform a lot easier. In fact, most of them agree that games developed for Nintendo get?finished much faster than the two other consoles.
This is one good news as the system is relatively new and new games are needed to boost the console?s market numbers. So far, there are a handful of games slated for the Nintendo Switch. For sure, more of them will come out as soon as the console is released.
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