Development Already Under Way on PS4, Xbox One Successors
While the PS4 and Xbox One may have been out for two years now, they are still in their ‘childhood’ if you look back and realize the previous generation of consoles lasted around 8 years. Despite having sold more than 30-35 million combined units, some people feel that this generation has been somewhat disappointing, at least from the technical standpoint since it is too early to judge them on the number of exclusives.
To add a bit more to this disappointment, there have been reports recently that both Microsoft and Sony are already working on the successors of these two consoles. Successors and not revisions like a slim version of PS3 or Xbox 360.
Part of this already under way development seems to be due to the ever increasing popularity of 4K gaming and the failure of these current consoles to output even 1080p for every game.
Another key reason is probably the sudden demand of VR technology such as Oculus and PlayStation VR. While these headsets may very well work on console games, the performance might be questionable given the resources required to run a VR game on PC.
Word on the block is that AMD is tempting Sony and Microsoft with hardware that offers five times the performance of current consoles per watt. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One use custom AMD hardware based on the Jaguar micro-architecture, which means the x86 architecture ensured easier development for both Sony and Microsoft.