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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.
TCL Technologies has predicted

 that we’ll get the release of a PS5 Pro and new Xbox Series X|S within the coming two years, but we’re not buying it.

In a presentation held in Poland, the electronics maker TCL (credit for PPE (opens in a new tab)) showed a slide that forecasts that the new Xbox Series XXbox Series S, and PS5 Pro console will launch in 2023 or 2024.

The mid-generation range is dubbed “Gen 9.5” these consoles are said to have 60-120fps resolution in 4K and the capability of displaying 8K at 60-120fps. The console is said to be running AMD Radeon RX 7700XT technology.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X advertise 8K support. However, the feature is not available at present. We’ve played one game with 8K 60fps on the PS5, The Touryst, which is currently limited to 4K resolution. However, indie titles won’t be as intense as, for instance, the Horizon Forbidden West game. There aren’t many console games that provide 4K or 60fps speed. It’s typically either or both, and 8K at 60fps isn’t too ambitious.

Therefore, the estimates provided by TCL will likely be an estimate based on the earlier mid-gen upgrades that also included 4K support. Sony launched the PS4 Pro in 2016 and PS4 Pro in 2016- three years following the first PS4 release. In the case of Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox One X was released in 2013. Xbox One X came out four years after the launch of the Xbox One. Therefore it is clear why TCL thinks that this timeframe will be the case.

It’s way too soon to plan an update.

If we’re following the prior release schedules, it’s too early to make the mid-generation upgrade, primarily due to stock issues. We’ve observed Xbox Series X consoles become more readily available in the past few months, and the same is true for Xbox Series S. However, more than two years after launch, PS5 stock continues to sell out in a matter of minutes.

It’s a situation that every major manufacturer has admitted, and it all comes due to the global shortage of semiconductors. This is not the only issue, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has warned that the situation could worsen by 2024. Although companies such as TMSSC have opened new factories to address this issue, it will require some time for the stock levels of consoles to be stable.

We’d suggest Sony and Microsoft are probably looking at successors, and work is likely to start once the current console is released. With people trying to obtain the current PS5 or Xbox Series consoles, pouring extra resources into a new version doesn’t seem right.


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