Sony’s lead architect Mark Cerny revealed details of the PlayStation 5 last Tuesday. We now know it will be powered by AMD’s 7nm third-generation Ryzen CPU (Zen 2), use a custom Radeon Navi graphics GPU, and support ray tracing and 8K resolutions.
That all sounds impressive, but Microsoft is said to be going one better. Ainsley Bowden, founder and head editor of Seasoned Gaming, tweeted that “multiple insiders” have confirmed that Microsoft’s Anaconda will be more advanced than its rival.
We have heard that two new Xbox’s would make up Microsoft’s next-gen lineup a cheaper device codenamed Lockheart, which is thought to be an Xbox One S successor with performance comparable to the current Xbox One X and Anaconda, the flagship console that, like the PS5, will likely feature high-end AMD hardware and an SSD.
Exactly how Anaconda will outperform the PS5 is unknown, but the obvious answers would be a CPU with more cores and a faster clock speed, a more powerful GPU, extra RAM, and perhaps a faster SSD. The Xbox One X is the most powerful console on the market right now, yet PS4s have sold almost double the number of Xbox One consoles.