PS4 and Xbox One: how to know when to buy or change your console?

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In 2019 would come new improvements for Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One

USA's summer is about to arrive, one of the periods where trade moves the most in the world. One of the sectors that report the most sales and income is that of technology, especially in the area of videogames since usually the new consoles and the best titles reach the stores in the second half of the year.

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Due to this, one of the most frequent questions asked by gamers or fans of videogames are: Is it the ideal time to buy a current console (PS4 or Xbox One, mainly)? Or should I wait a prudent time to acquire one of the next generation?

PS4 and Xbox are still valid

Currently, the market has the fourth generation of consoles, which takes a little over seven years. They have had several updates during this period, so the Xbox One and the PS4 are still valid.

"Sony and Microsoft continue to defend that traditional model in which the console is postulated as a fundamental element of the playful experience," says Xataka.com in a report.

Both consoles were launched in 2012, and both Sony and Microsoft have been periodically introducing important advances, especially in terms of performance and storage. Additionally, both companies have released improved versions such as the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, which have brought new technological advances.

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Both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X upped the bet on graphics by implementing the 4K as the main novelty. It was something that could only be done by giving the machines greater performance in their processing.

What's coming?

Despite the demanding and competitive market, the new generation of consoles will not appear, apparently, before the year 2020 or 2021, since at least until 2019 will be arriving the new improvements for the current consoles: a new processor, a greater storage capacity and a more efficient cooling system.

However, GameStop is waiting for the demand for new hardware to go down so that the public points to the arrival of the new Sony and Microsoft platforms. "Regarding the new hardware, as we approach the end of the current Xbox and PlayStation console cycle, we expect demand to decrease, as some customers choose to wait before acquiring the next generation of innovative consoles", said Rob Llyod, director of finance and operations of the company.

Additionally, according to the website Adslzone.net: "There are two months left until, in all likelihood, Microsoft and Sony announce their next consoles, which in the case of Sony is almost certain to be PlayStation 5 (PS5), but in the Microsoft's case we know nothing beyond Xbox Scarlett. Both consoles will have an AMD APU".

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On the other hand, videogames streaming platforms appear, which are those that are gradually marking a parameter nowadays, since they have based their development on the characteristics of the first consoles of the fourth generation.

"The next generation will be the last generation of consoles: later we will play as we listen to music, by streaming", said Yves Guillemot, co-founder of the video game developer company, Ubisoft, in an interview with Variety.

However, they still lack development and we are talking about at least one year of waiting until the promised improvements in this service are implemented.

In conclusion, there is still a long way to go before a new generation of consoles and if they do not have enough patience, it would not be bad to start a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X, as they are still valid and with many interesting titles.


LatinAmerican Post | Sebastián Castillo Castillo

Translated from "PS4 y Xbox One: ¿cómo saber cuándo comprar o cambiar su consola?"

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