2020 will be excellent for gamers on all platforms.
Even if we don’t count the many great games set to be released this year (or those already released on platforms from Nintendo Switch to PC), there are more than enough exciting news to follow.
While some products that are expected to change gaming for the better have been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, they are coming – and they are truly something to be excited about.
AMD’s big year
Earlier this year, AMD shocked the world with the release of its AMD Threadripper 3990x, a monster of a CPU with 64 cores and 128 threads that is even said to be capable of running Crysis, one of the first games to support DirectX 10 released in 2007, without using a GPU.
And the year is far from being over.
AMD is preparing for the release of a brand new GPU architecture this year. Called RDNA 2, the new architecture promises to repeat what its predecessor did, growing the chips’ performance-per-watt by 50%.
The graphics chips based on this new architecture often referred to as “Navi 2X”, are expected to be no-compromise top-of-the-stack GPUs with amazing 4K performance.
Nvidia’s new RTX
Nvidia has been THE high-performance graphics card provider of the PC gaming world for years – and it plans to keep this title in 2020 and beyond with the release of chips built using the Ampere architecture.
The details about the upcoming GPUs are scarce – the first leaked image of a Geforce RTX 3080 card has barely hit the internet – but what insiders seem to know is that the top-notch graphics card in the RTX 3000 series will beat the RTX 2080 Ti by a staggering 40%.
We’ll have more details to chew on when the new line of graphics cards is presented in August.
The two upcoming consoles
Finally, we’ll have two exciting releases sometime toward the end of the year that may just trigger a new chapter in the ongoing console wars.
Both Sony and Microsoft are preparing for the release of their next-generation gaming consoles (hopefully) in time for the holiday shopping season.
Both consoles will have next-generation custom AMD processors and graphics chips onboard – 7nm AMD Zen 2 CPUs and RDNA 2 GPUs, both of them will have 16 gigabytes of RAM, SSDs for even better performance.
Even the specs of the PlayStation 5 controller were officially presented a while ago, holding no secrets (aside from the official design of the console) for the second half of the year.
What will make these console releases even more exciting is the list of new games released together with them.
The PS5 will be launched with titles like Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Godfall, and Outriders, while the new Xbox will come with a brand new entry in the Halo series, not to mention the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 that is expected to be launched on both platforms (plus PC) later in the year.
All things considered, 2020 will be a great year for gamers. We have both the hardware and the games to be excited about.