With the recent announcement of the 4090 RTX cards I am absolutely blown away at how fast and how big the leaps are in technology when it comes to GPUs and just tech in general. I know there are 2 threads on the 4090 already but I wanted to make one that specifically covers next gen systems and by next gen I am talking about the PS6 and the Next Xbox.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE - I know tFlops is not really a a perfect metric to explain how powerful a leap is in the GPU power but it's the only metric that's easiest to digest and give you a some sort of a ballpark. There are many other factors that should also be taken into account when you are talking about overall GPU performance increase.
Also, there are other factors to also consider how powerful next-gen hardware systems and not just the GPU. CPU and RAM/Memory/SSD will be another major factor, but this is strictly a GPU thread so we are only talking about GPU increases here.
First and foremost - let's lay everything out on the table here too see what we are looking at for the last 2 generations of consoles.
The PS4 and Xbox One launched in 2013
The PS4 was sitting at measly 1.84 tFlops
Xbox One was sitting at even lower 1.31 tFlops
The PS4 Pro later launched in 2016 and was sitting at 4.2 tFlops
The Xbox One X launched a year later in 2017 with 6.2 tFlops
The PS5 and Xbox Series X launched in 2020.
The PS5 is sitting at 10.28 tFlops
(10.3 if we round up, so let's just stick with 10.3)
The Xbox Series X is at 12.3 tFlops
(2 tFlops higher than the PS5) and is a bit higher in tFlops measurement than the 2080 RTX Super which is sitting at 11.1 tFlops
. A 2080 Ti however, is 13.5 tFlops
which makes it superior to both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X when talking about the GPU specifically
Now let's look at the 3000 series and the 4000s series since we have the official numbers now.
3090 Ti is sitting at 40 tFlops
which is 4x more than the PS5 and Xbox Series X and was launched earlier this year in March 2022.
3090 is sitting at 36 tFlops
which is almost a 4x increase than the PS5 and Xbox Series X and was launched on September 17th 2020, 2 months before the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The consoles we already locked in to basically utilize the power of GPUs that were equivalent to the 2000 series so 1 generation behind.
3080 is sitting at 34.1 tFlops
which again is a massive increase compared to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Another difference with these GPUs is the amount of ram and type of ram, but let's be honest RAM was never a problem anymore for console systems. The last time we had major ram/memory issues was the PS3 and 360 era and we are well past that and I highly doubt we will ever that problem again.
The PS4 and Xbox One biggest issue was the CPU, it was super outdated crappy Jaguar x86.
With how weak and pathetic PS4 and Xbox One is looking these days the wizards over at the Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica still have the best looking games to date. The Last of Us Part II and God of War Ragnarok are very good examples of that.
We have seen absolutely nothing yet what the PS5 and Series X could truly do until we get those true current-gen goodies.
Anyways - back to the GPUs
We now have the specs for the 4090 and its releasing next month on October 12th with the following specs:
4090 has 84.3 tFlops
that is more than double the increase of the 3090 Ti which was 40.3
Fast forward to 2024 we will be getting the 5000
series which will once again make the 4090 probably look like a little baby and the trend seems to always double the performance of the previous generation of the GPUs. According to Nvidia the 4090 is 2-4 times more powerful than the 3090 Ti
depending on the application/game/software.
I am suspecting the 5000 series to finally break the 100 tFlops barrier
, I mean that's guaranteed at this point. Don't forget there will also be a 4090 Ti and honestly that will probably very close to 100 tFlops already.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE
- In 2026 it will be the 6000 series. When are the new consoles coming? I have no clue, but I am probably expecting them around 2026-2028 with 2028 at the latest and 2026 at the earliest. If the new consoles come out in 2026 then they will most likely be utilizing and be equal to the power of the 5000 series in terms of GPUs specifically, if they release in 2028 then the 6000 series. But then again, there might be some sort of a crazy curveball, I am just going of the last 10 years of how everything went. The PS6 has already entered R&D/Concepting in 2021. The PS5 started development in 2015 which is 1.5 years or so after the launch of the PS4.
What are you all expecting for the power of the GPUs out of next-gen systems?