Top Gaming Consoles For 2020
Although the COVID-19 outbreak has cancelled or postponed various annual gaming events, 2020 will remain an exciting year for gaming enthusiasts. We will see two major releases of gaming consoles, along with two other new retro devices and new game releases for all of the above. And, with no end to the COVID-19 lockdown in site and experts recommending social distancing and self-isolation even after the lockdown is over, we could end up playing these new systems well into the holiday season.
Here are the top gaming consoles to expect this year:
PlayStation 5- Sony intends to launch PlayStation 5 by Q4 2020. It will be powered by AMD Zen 2 octa-core processor running at 3.5Ghz. The accompanying GPU will be a modified AMD RDNA 2 SoC with 36 compute units capped at 2.23 GHz. The system will have 16GB of DDR6 RAM with 448 GB/s bandwidth. The base model includes an 825GB SSD with 12-channel interface and up to 9 GB/s transfer rate with Oodle Kraken compression protocol. The standard controller is the new DualSense wireless controller with adaptive trigger, strong haptic feedback and DualShock controller. Bloomberg reported that the PlayStation 5 will be available for at least $470.
Xbox Series X- this is the planned 4th generation of the Xbox family and a successor to the current Xbox One. The Xbox Series X should provide complete backward compatibility to game titles, accessories, and controllers for the Xbox One. Microsoft will ship the new gaming console by the end of this year. Internally, it’s similar with PlayStation 5 with AMD Zen 2 octa-core processor, but clocked higher at 3.8GHz. Its AMD RDNA 2 GPU has 56 compute units, but capped lower at 1.825GHz. It will come with 1TB NVMe SSD with up to 4.8GHz of data transfer. The standard controller is a modified version of the Xbox One controller with more ergonomic design.
Atari VCS- Atari planned to release the Atari VCS in March 2020, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The expected price should be under $300. The gaming console could have an AMD processor and a Radeon-based GPU. It will also come with SD card, Ethernet port, USB, and HDMI. It supports two types of controllers. The modern controller will have modern layout, while the Classic Joystick controller is based on the Atari CX40 joystick. The Atari VCS will have Linux OS and users can install compatible applications. The unit will come pre-loaded with tons of retro games from Atari.
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