The next generation of video games consoles will be the most impactful to date. It's highly possible that a 2020 release for next-gen consoles is in the making. Start saving now because more realism opens up possibilities for more games. Next-gen will utilize a controller, or it could have innovative tech that will change the fundamentals of gaming.
With additions like virtual reality and three-dimensional gaming, video game companies are finding more and more ways to entice players into purchasing consoles. But if they can offer photorealistic graphics and hologram gaming, then take my money, please. Without further ado, these are the 10 craziest predictions for next-gen consoles.
10 8k AND 120 FPS
The Nintendo 64, which released in 1996, is a console that can run at 30 FPS (frames per second, often dropping into the 20s. We are now seeing advances such as frame-rate locking at 30 FPS and titles with 60 FPS.
8K and 120 FPS are inevitable with gaming consoles, and they might come sooner than you think. An 8K resolution has a strong chance of appearing on next-gen consoles. We can only hope that 120 FPS and more 60 FPS locked titles come to Xbox Two and PlayStation 5.
9 3D Playability
We've already seen three-dimensional technology on the Nintendo 3DS. You might not be a fan of three-dimensional video games, but enough people who like 3D would warrant the option on next-gen consoles.
Seeing remakes like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D rendered in three-dimensions is a sight for sore eyes. Now, if they can only bring this technology to televisions across the world, we would be in a gamer's paradise.
8 Unreal Virtual Reality Capabilities
Without a doubt, PlayStation will be doubling down on their VR capabilities for the next console. VR has proven to be a hit with consumers, offering an array of favorite games like Skyrim, Resident Evil 7, Doom, and Astro Bot: Rescue Mission.
One major issue that video game companies will have to tackle is making VR experiences less nauseating and more comfortable. Virtual reality headsets should feel as natural as possible, and it is something we will have to look forward to in the future.
7 More, More, and More Backward Compatibility
Wider backward compatibility on devices is absolutely what we need on next-gen consoles. Right now, backward compatibility has severe limitations. Classic games such as Halo: CE, Dead Space, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skate 3, and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings are backward compatible for Xbox One, but the majority of original Xbox games aren't.
PlayStation 4 does not offer backward compatibility. The console has a subscription service called PlayStation Now, however, that will allow you to play past console games. In this day and age, backward compatibility is a must-have!
6 Game Streaming Service Without The Need For A Console (Or Controller)
The Xbox Two and PlayStation 5 may not be a physical console that you buy. You may have heard of "Google Stadia." Google Stadia is an upcoming cloud gaming service which functions without a physical console. Microsoft is also looking into a game streaming platform that will utilize Microsoft's cloud and won't require a system.
Microsoft's Project xCloud will be able to stream games without a console or controller. Using a controller is recommended, but there will also be on-screen buttons you can use via your cell phone. Imagine playing Forza Horizon with nothing but your cell phone—this could be a reality soon.
5 1 TB+ Solid-State Drive
Microsoft has made it possible to combine the Xbox with an external SSD (solid-state drive) for faster load times and playability. Also, an SSD creates less noise than a hard disk drive would.
It's easy to say that having a built-in SSD would be beneficial for next-gen consoles. An SSD that is built an internally would likely be faster than an external one. This is 2019, and solid-state drives are more popular than ever. It's practically mandatory that next-gen consoles use solid-state drives.
4 A Console Pass
Game pass services have been a part of consoles for some time now. The ability to select games from a compilation for a small subscription fee is worth the money. Think of it as like a Netflix subscription for video games.
What can improve on the Xbox Game Pass concept is a console pass that allows you to play every single game on a console. Expanding their library for services like PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass is indeed something Sony and Microsoft will want to add to their next consoles.
If you haven't already seen the demonstrations for HoloLens, please do as it is a remarkable piece of technology that could one day revolutionize the world. The main functions of the device are for workers to pull up schematics, use video communication, and see holograms with stupendous 3D detail.
Wouldn't it be unreal to play the latest Call of Duty while using a hologram? So far, only a select few games such as Minecraft are capable of working with the device. HoloLens has a price tag of $3000 and the newer model, HoloLens 2, will soon be on sale for $3500.
2 Cross-Platform Play
Already, cross-platform games such as Fortnite and Rocket League have emerged on the scene. Gamers are becoming more and more connected, and the next step is to make all games cross-platform. With cloud integration, people will rely less on video game consoles, leading to more connectivity.
Most of us want to play with our friends but can't because they are on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Nintendo Switch Online. Cross-platform games encourage players to buy online memberships, so it is strange why it is taking so much time to become the norm.
1 Unprecedented Levels Of Detail
We can't help but speculate how much detail will be in the future of video games. Already, game engines like Unreal Engine 4 (owned by Epic Games) are creating video tests which show photorealistic graphics.
Cyberpunk 2077, an upcoming game, is an example of a game that can output near photorealistic graphics. Could we see showcased photorealism on next-gen consoles? It is not out of the question given how much video game tech has improved in the last decade.