PlayStation 6, Next Gen Xbox & Future Consoles Will Have Increasingly Smaller Performance Gains or Higher Prices

Future consoles like the PlayStation 6 and the next generation Xbox are either going to have smaller performance gains or significantly higher prices over their predecessor due to a few reasons, as highlighted by some recent comments from a well-known AMD leaker.

Commenting on Sony COO Hiroki Totoki’s statement saying that it is harder to grow profits on the PlayStation 5 as the life cycle proceeds compared to previous generation due to parts becoming more expensive as the cycle goes on, known AMD leaker Kepler said that things will only get worse in the future. Cost per transistor remained flat through FinFETs and is set to go up with the transition to GAAFETs/CFETs, essentially signaling the end of free cost savings with simple die shrinks. As such, future consoles will either have increasingly smaller performance gains to keep costs down or significantly higher prices.

Kepler’s comments on future consoles like the PlayStation 6 and the next generation Xbox definitely ring true, especially considering the rumors circulating on the next Microsoft console, which is said to release in two SKUs, one of them a handheld that is obviously going to be less powerful than the main SKU. Sony’s next generation console, on the other hand, is apparently planned to be the most powerful console of its generation, so it will be interesting to see how Sony will handle the system’s pricing in relation to its capabilities.

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