New-generation consoles have opened the floodgates to new technical and visual possibilities for game developers. It will be interesting to see how the major game publishing studios have harnessed them.
What can we expect from next-gen games on PlayStation 5? What will your custom PS5 controller come with this year and next? And what does Microsoft have in store? What will change, improve and accelerate in terms of gaming on Xbox Series X and Series S? Let’s find out what we can expect in late 2022 and early 2023.
What can we expect from next-generation games?
Next-generation games should change in a few ways. The use of NVMe SSDs means that they can easily be tens of times faster than hard drives for sequential reads and thousands of times faster for random ones. Consequently, game developers no longer need to use slow hard drives and can rely on fast storage. Workarounds to the low performance of hard drives would slowly be discarded, to be replaced by new ideas and features. Microsoft and Sony stress that this will give huge benefits to end users. Here’s a look at what’s in store for next-generation games from behind the scenes.
Top three next-gen slogans – ray tracing, faster loading and higher frame rates
The top three next-gen slogans are ray tracing, faster loading and frame rate. Getting a higher and locked frame rate will help ensure silky smooth gameplay that makes the game feel more responsive and fluid. This is definitely a significant improvement for gamers, especially those enjoying competitive multiplayer games.
The increased power means that game developers no longer have to give up their ideas to achieve higher frame rates.
Furthermore, we have all heard about the lauded fast loading times provided by the current generation of solid-state drives. It is one of the most attractive features of next-gen, for developers working in 3D graphics. Loading hundreds of ultra-high-resolution textures in one instead of 20 seconds appeals to gamers.
No duplicate data
Thanks to the lack of necessity to take care of the spatial locality of the data on disk, it will no longer be necessary for data reused in several parts of the game to be duplicated in several places on disk. It has the effect of slowing down the growth of game installation sizes.
SSD as RAM
Both Microsoft and Sony have stated that SSDs can be used like RAM. Console SSDs admittedly will not completely replace RAM. Consoles have 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, so if a game needs to use more to render a scene, the frame speed will drop to Myst levels. Any SSD-based console with NVMe performance can free up some VRAM and allow for some higher resolution assets. It allows game developers to use a few extra GB of RAM for on-screen content rather than prefetching off-screen assets.
Graphics and performance improvements are just the beginning. Yet, visuals are just as important as any other technical improvements when it comes to an amazing gaming experience. Some creators utilized new visual techniques such as ray tracing to achieve realistic shadows and reflections, resulting in a real wow factor. And it should only get better after that.
Solid-state drives tolerate a high degree of fragmentation with no noticeable impact on performance, so game files will already be de-fragmented after updates.
Next-gen games for next-gen consoles
Two years after the scheduled release of Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X & S, next gen is finally starting to become the current generation. Or at least it is no longer so difficult to access. Unfortunately, the good old PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are slowly becoming a thing of the past.
And while we are more likely to wait for true next-gen games and such titles are still rare, developers are starting to leave previous consoles behind. Currently, more than a dozen blockbuster games have not been released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This trend is likely to continue, so let’s find out what you’ll be able to try out your custom Xbox Series X controller on, and what you’ll need a PlayStation 5 custom controller for this year.
The most anticipated next-gen games for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2022 and 2023
Below you’ll find two lists of the most anticipated next-gen games for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2022 and 2023. How have the new consoles’ capabilities been used by game developers?
The most anticipated next-gen games for Xbox Series X in 2022 and 2023
Here are the top most anticipated Xbox Series X games for 2022 and 2023. What will you be able to try out your custom Xbox Series X controller on?
- A Plague Tale: Requiem (Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC)
- Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Destiny 2: Królowa Czarownic (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Dying Light 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Elden Ring (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Gotham Knights (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Marvel’s Midnight Suns (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Rainbow Six Extraction (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, Day One to Game Pass)
- Persona 5 Royal (premiera na PC oraz Xbox)
- Redfall (Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC)
- T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, Day One to Game Pass)
- Saints Row (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC)
- Somerville (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
- Starfield (Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC)
- Witcher 3: Dziki Gon (Xbox Series X|S)
- Tunika (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC)
The most anticipated next-gen games for PlayStation 5 in 2022 and 2023
PlayStation 5 gamers will not be left uninspired either. Here are the most interesting titles for PS5 lovers.
- One Piece Odyssey (PS5)
- Forspoken (PS5)
- Dead Space (PS5)
- Omen of Sorrow (PS5)
- Deliver Us Mars (PS5)
- Dead Island 2 (PS5)
- Raiden IV x MIKADO remix (PS5)
- Hogwarts Legacy (PS5)
- Clash: Artifacts of Chaos (PS5)
- Hogwarts Legacy (PS5)
- Wanted: Dead (PS5)
- Destiny 2: Lightfall (PS5)
- Like a Dragon: Ishin (PS5)
- Naraka: Bladepoint (PS5)
- Sherlock Holmes: Przebudzenie (PS5)
- Unknown 9: Przebudzenie (PS5)
- Weedcraft IncStrategiczne (PS5)
- Resident Evil 4 (PS5)
- Simon the Sorcerer (PS5)
- BROK the InvestiGator (PS5)
- Deceive Inc (PS5)
- Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (PS5)
- Layers of FearsPrzygodowe (PS5)
- Paper TrailLogiczne (PS5)
- Koszmarny żniwiarz (PS5)
- Pinball FX (PS5)
- Trackmania (PS5)
- Ad Infinitum (PS5)
- Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League (PS5)
- WRATH: Aeon of Ruin (PS5)
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS5)
- Final Fantasy XVI (PS5)
- Gangi Sherwood (PS5)
- Phantom FuryAkcja (PS5)
- Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS5)
Next-gen games – conclusions
Changing generations is always a battle of economics and expectations. Publishers prefer to sell under-the-radar cross-gen titles rather than invest in expensive launch titles with a potentially weak buyer base. Gamers, on the other hand, are hoping for a breakthrough. Unfortunately, experience teaches us that gems should be sought at the end of a generation rather than at the start. Therefore, we have nothing to do but wait for new titles and, in the meantime, enjoy what we have.