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28 May, 2024
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Rumors of Next Gen Consoles Heat Up in 2024

Historically speaking, the average commercial lifespan of a home console is roughly six to seven years. Although most of the newest game systems are just a few years old, like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, rumors and leaks about potential successors have been popping up online as of late. For some companies, like Nintendo, the timing makes perfect sense. While it’s true that all three of the major gaming companies (Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony) have been tight-lipped about their upcoming systems, internet sleuths have dug up some tantalizing information. Today, we’re taking a look at the big three next-generation home consoles and discussing everything we know, including potential release date, system power, and more!

Rumors of Next Generation Home Consoles Heat Up in 2024

As always, it’s important to take any online rumors or leaks with a grain of salt. A large chunk of this information either comes from trusted industry insiders or directly from the companies themselves, but it should still be viewed with skepticism. At the time of publication, only Microsoft has officially confirmed the development of a new home console. In my opinion, there’s a good chance that a lot of the following information could be true, but there’s an equal chance that it could be classic internet speculation. With that said, let’s take a look at the potential future of home consoles in the years to come.

The Super Nintendo Switch

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Out of the three industry leaders, Nintendo is always the most secretive of the bunch, rarely showing their full hand until the moment of a major announcement. That sentiment is definitely true for the upcoming successor to the Switch, as Nintendo has still not bothered to confirm its existence. Despite the radio silence, however, there have been leaks and rumors stirring for a long time. More so than some of the other speculation in this article, the information about the upcoming Switch successor seems the most rock solid. If those rumors are to be believed, we could see a “Nintendo Switch 2” as early as 2025.

According to a “leak from a trusted source” by outlet VideoGameChronicle, the Nintendo Switch 2 was originally planned for a holiday 2024 release, but Nintendo has pushed it back to roughly May 2025, to ensure that hardware is fully stocked before international release. Many people in the know claim that the Switch 2 is exactly that – an updated version of Nintendo’s iconic hybrid home console. Similar to the generational jump between the Wii U and Switch, the Switch 2 will seemingly improve upon the expected Nintendo experience in several ways.

Following a report from Reuters, the Switch 2 will be powered by a custom ARM SoC from Nvidia, along with an Ampere-based Nvidia GPU, providing a needed boost to graphical capabilities. The console’s screen, which is rumored to be an 8-inch LCD, is not as flashy as the Switch OLED screen, but will still be a bump up from the roughly 6-inch original screen. It sounds like the Nintendo Switch 2 will have a decent amount of power, similar to that of a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. However, we’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo has to say on the matter. At the very least, Nintendo will hopefully confirm the development of the new system by the end of 2024.

The Next Xbox

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The Xbox Series X launched more recently than the Nintendo Switch, as it arrived around the globe in November 2020. Despite this, Microsoft is no stranger to hardware revisions and updates. In the previous console generation, we received a handful of updated Xbox One consoles, including the Xbox One X, which was a slightly beefier iteration of the original. For their next home console, it looks like Microsoft will be following a similar formula, while also trying to diversify their offerings and expand into other niche markets. In addition to a long-rumored disc-less version of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has been teasing big things for their next round of hardware release.

In February 2024, Microsoft confirmed the development of their next console, stating that it will be the “biggest technological leap” for consumers when compared to the current market. That tracks with their latest release, as the Xbox Series X offered a hefty upgrade on the existing Xbox One ecosystem. It seems like Microsoft is going to repeat the same trick by slightly updating their user-end experience, while filling the console itself with much stronger components. Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, has also chimed in about the potential of a Microsoft handheld system, something that’s also been rumored for several years. The handheld market was long dominated by Nintendo, but with the successful adoption of Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and other third-party handhelds like the Steam Deck, now would be a good time for Microsoft to try their hand at portable gaming.

The Illusive PlayStation 6

Sony Playstation

Out of all of the upcoming next-generation consoles, the PlayStation 6 is the system with the most amount of mystery. Like Nintendo, Sony has been exceptionally quiet about their plans for the future, but it makes a lot of sense. The PlayStation 5 was also released in November 2020, but due to persistent stocking issues, it was the hardest system to obtain for several years. Flashing forward to 2024, the PlayStation 5 is now widely available, with several fantastic first-party games to help push sales. In November, Sony even released the PlayStation 5 Slim, outfitted with a sleeker design, new colors, and a more competitive price of $499. With fresh hardware on the market, it’s easy to see why Sony is keeping the focus on PlayStation 5

However, that hasn’t stopped the internet from discussing the potential future. There have been loads of rumors, including that the PlayStation 6 could have a removable disc drive, while other speculation has been pointed at software and applications. Some players think that Sony will make a push toward bolstering their PlayStation Plus offerings to compete with Xbox Game Pass, or double down on their efforts in cloud/portable gaming. Truthfully, when it comes to the PlayStation 6, your guess is as good as ours, and Sony isn’t in the mood to confirm or deny anything. At the very least, we know that Sony has trademarked not only the PlayStation 6, but also the PlayStation 7, 8, 9, and 10, so its existence is almost a given. We don’t expect to see a PlayStation 6 announcement until 2026 at the earliest, unless some major industry shakeups change the playing field.

Regardless of whether the rumors are true, it’s clear that players can’t wait to get their hands on the next generation of home consoles. The Nintendo Switch has carved out a comfy niche as a hybrid console, appeasing both casual and hardcore gamers, but the console could use an update. Similarly, while the Xbox Series X is still a beast of a console, the Xbox Series S has caused development problems due to its lack of power. If Microsoft wants to maintain their image as a cutting-edge company, a new Xbox could be just what they need. Likewise, while Sony should definitely focus on the PlayStation 5 and amp up development of first-party games, a fresh start on the next generation could be what they need to regain their former glory. No matter what the case, the next few years of console gaming are sure to be an interesting period of growth and innovation.


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