I was thinking about the possibility of our hardware’s life being extended due to this Covid-19 Pandemic, along with the global component shortages. I was fortunate to have been able to get a Series X, PS5, and build a new PC (Ryzen 5000 and 3080). One of the things that I am accustomed to is how quickly the technology moves on in the PC space. However, with the latest GPUs being hard to come by, we are looking at cards being released over 6 months ago still being on the peak of the performance mountain.
The issue is analogous in some respect for consoles. Sales of the XSX/S and PS5 are supply constrained at the moment. I think that one of the few silver linings to all of this is that perhaps the vanilla consoles will enjoy a longer life. How can MS or Sony introduce hardware updates when the market may still be hungry for the base console? This may be good news for:
Developers to take time to understand the hardware
Publisher who need console sales to hit a critical mass to maximize software sales
Hardware manufacturers, who can take their time and release meaningful hardware revisions
Consumers, who will benefit from price reductions due to economies of scale, and die-shrinks
What do you think? Will the pandemic lengthen this console generation?
Yup. I can’t imagine a PS5 Pro in 2023 when most couldn’t even buy the PS5 in the first year. Add to that all the game delays. Add to that any possible delay to new middleware software like Unreal Engine 5, that many devs rely on. That’ll delay a lot of 3rd party games if it happens.
COVID-19 also means more demand. There are some that think that our changed habits will carry over post-covid:
The other wrench I see has nothing to do with COVID-19… cryptocurrency mining. If AMD/Nvidia can’t get cryptocurrency mining cards out there soon, maybe there will be shortages for PC gamers and many may decide to get a console and many may decide to not upgrade any time soon. Either way there will be less pressure to introduce mid-generation refreshes that can compare to the average PC. But hey, maybe they can get these mining cards out soon so that whole thing becomes normal again.
Question for the manufacturing experts: is it a zero-sum situation when it comes to new AMD cards and new consoles being built based on the same technology? Do they share parts?
I don’t want to derail the thread from the topic of the pandemic but I feel like crypto mining is another massive consideration. It’s almost like a 1-2 punch.
Good points. We are talking about a scenario where these manufacturers are making plans for new products with new technology, when most people do not have access to the existing technology. I found it interesting that people were talking about a 3080Ti when most couldn’t even secure a regular 3080 today.
Crackdown 4 is based on a world where Gen 9 lasts longer then 7th Generation. Frustrated gamers take to the forums in massive ways of trolling. Gamers shitpost IRL demanding new generations of consoles that companies can’t yet justify to produce.
You play as an aspiring mod tasked with breaking the tide of virtual and real shitposts.
Xbox is heading the way of PC gaming, your One S will still be relevant in 10 years. Performance won’t be anywhere near optimal but you’re not going to be left behind like Sony will leave their PS5 users.