A specs leak for the next-gen Xbox system, Series X, seems to have given it an early victory in the battle against the PS5.
The Sony vs Microsoft console war has been ongoing for the better part of two decades and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow in the next-generation of the Xbox and PlayStation.
It’s a debate that gamers are heavily invested in, especially ahead of the much-anticipated release of the 9th generations of consoles. A key part of that rhetoric is which is the more ‘powerful’ console.
The PS5 will go head to head with the Xbox Series X at the end of 2020…
That is what makes this leak so fascinating. While details have naturally been hard to come by, being several months away from their late 2020 release, the information we did know suggested the recently revealed Xbox Series X and PS5 would be neck and neck in terms of power.
Xbox vs PS5: Most powerful console?
This doesn’t seem to be the case, though, as the next-gen Xbox is apparently going to have a notable advantage when it comes to the GPU (graphics processor). Without getting too technical, both the Xbox Series X and PS5 are running AMD RNDA GPUs but the Xbox has 56 compute units in comparison to the PlayStation’s 36. The former is clocked at 1.7Ghz while the PS5 is at 2.0Ghz.
Xbox Series X
8-core AMD Zen 2
8-core AMD Zen 2 at 3.2Ghz
AMD RDNA with 56 CUs at 1.7Ghz
AMD RDNA with 36 CUs at 2Ghz
GDDR6 at 560GB/s
GDDR6 at 448GB/s
According to one comment, this could make the GPU 30% more powerful on the Xbox. Assuming the spec details are true then the new Xbox would indeed be the most powerful console on the market.
This is certainly a big fat tick for Microsoft but it’s not the be-all and end-all. History tells us the more powerful console doesn’t always win the war.
Does power equal sales?
The original Xbox was much stronger than the PlayStation 2, yet Sony’s second console offering broke, and still holds, the record for units sold. The PS3 was more powerful than the Xbox 360 but this was Microsoft’s most successful console to date, at least in comparison to their arch-rivals.
There is also the price to factor in. A more powerful console will almost certainly result in a higher price. If the PS5 can sell for the sweet spot of $399 and the Series X sells for $499, for example, then we may see a similar scenario to the PS3, whereby despite it being more powerful, failed to get initial traction.
Regardless, Microsoft clearly enjoy being able to say they have produced the world’s most powerful console, something they currently claim with the Xbox One X. Only time will tell whether this will translate into sales for the 2020 releases.
Excitement for Fortnite’s Season 4 Nexus War finale event, which will introduce Marvel villain Galactus, is at fever pitch. From start times to how to watch live, here’s everything you need to know.
Love them or hate them, Fortnite’s crossovers with Marvel have become big business for Epic Games. Season 4 has introduced a number of skins and weapons for our favorite superheroes and villains, and it’s set to go out with a bang with the arrival of Galactus.
We don’t know too much about what will happen when the Devourer of Worlds hits the Island, but as his moniker suggests, it’s going to spell trouble; the event has been described as “an interactive Marvel movie” by Epic, and is expected to be one of the biggest events the game has ever seen.
Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Nexus War finale including start times, how to watch, leaks about another potential Black Hole scenario, and what to expect when Season 5 finally arrives.
Fortnite Galactus event start date and time
Such is the hype surrounding the appearance of Galactus that he’s taken an incredibly long time to appear. However, his arrival is finally set in stone.
The Nexus War finale event is a one-time spectacle set to kick off on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 PM ET | 1 PM PT | 9 PM GMT.
Fighting Galactus to end the Nexus War will be a one-time event. No replays for this historic battle.
How to watch Fortnite’s Galactus event
If you want to take part in Fortnite’s Nexus War finale event, Epic recommends you log in to the game at least 60 minutes prior to the start time and date listed above, with the event playlist expected to go live 30 minutes before the event.
Epic have also advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat) for the best experience.
However, if you don’t want to play, and instead just want to watch the event live, you can tune in to Nickmercs’ live stream on Twitch below.
Galactus Fortnite event leaks
The event itself could see the superheroes taking on Galactus in the form of a raid. Or you could possibly have Galactus taking on the whole lobby, or a Thanos-inspired mode akin to Chapter 1.
Galactus is officially listed as being 28ft tall and that in itself could offer some interesting gameplay options. Given that this will close out a season-long Nexus War, there’s a good chance you’ll have a ton of manual input here. So expect to help the heroes in their fight.
🪐The Devourer Of Worlds🪐
⭐️Here is what Galactus will look like on the Battle Pass tab during the final day of counting down to the live event.
It’s also been heavily rumored that there will be another Black Hole type situation once the Galactus event comes to a close. Back when Chapter 1 ended, the battle royale was stuck behind a black hole loading screen, with nothing for players to do until Chapter 2 began.
The potential return of a blackout was pointed out on November 18 by data miner FNLeaksAndInfo, who tweeted: “Prepare for some more possible downtime after the event similar to the Black Hole event!”
First look at Galactus
With the use of one of the game’s sniper rifles, it’s been possible for players to look through the scope, at the object in the sky, and spy him. He’s obviously been getting closer and closer over the season, but thanks to new leaks, we’ve got a better look at the figure than ever before.
The main rumor concerning Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Galactus will indeed be the archetypal villain of the main films. The Devourer of Worlds quite literally does what he says on the tin, and his power is unmatched.
The Fortnite tie-in will be a great way to introduce casual fans to the presence of one of the universe’s most powerful, cosmic entities.
We’ve also got a look at where Galactus is. It seems he’s positioned right about the ruins POI in-game from this screenshot from Fortnite leaker, Fevers.
On November 4, Fortnite data miner Mang0e tweeted about a mysterious new weapon in the works. Hardly anything is known about what this ‘Lazing Device’ is. However, Mang0e believes it could perhaps be a prototype for the upcoming Cosmos rifle.
Its base stats are that of the Bolt Sniper Rifle, which is the same as the Cosmos ones, too. Mang0e goes on to say in their Twitter thread that this is all speculation, however, but rebuffs his claims by saying that they were right about the Slurp Bazooka in the past.
New Weapon in the works: "Lazing Device"
It's WID is all over the place, but I suspect this *could* be a prototype of the upcoming Cosmos (event and/or Galactus) rifle.
It uses Base Bolt Sniper stats, same as the Cosmos ones. The name "Lazing" could also be connected to this. pic.twitter.com/GgVuOcYot8
As we mentioned earlier, once the impending Galactus event is over, it’s rumored that there will be another Black Hole style blackout, where the game may be offline for a day or two before Season 5 is playable.
It’s expected that Season 5 will bring with it a new map, after Galactus destroys the current one. A leak has also appeared to confirm a crossover with The Mandalorian, which will bring with it new skins and, of course, the lovablele Baby Yoda.