Both PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to feature cameras and a focus on streaming – report

By Sherif Saed
2 October 2019 09:10 GMT

According to someone in position of development kits of Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen consoles, the two have a big focus on live streaming.

In one of the strangest tipster leaks we’ve seen in a while, a Gizmodo reader has been emailing the tech outlet edited images and various snippets of details about PS5 and Xbox Scarlett.

Although the site wasn’t able to verify their identity, the leaker sent real-world images of the recently leaked PS5 dev kit before the design itself was discovered, and before 3D mock-ups based on it were created.

The information comes from an anonymous developer, who says they work at a studio with access to the development kits of both the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. Their first major reveal is the PS5’s codename, said to be Prospero. This is based on current prototypes, which they say were sent to select studios as recently as this summer.

Live streaming is said to be a major focus for Microsoft and Sony for next-gen. Both dev kits come with cameras, and both consoles support streaming. The one included with Xbox Scarlett appears to be the most impressive, with 4K capabilities and a tight 2-frame latency.

Scarlett’s camera is so good, in fact, Microsoft has reportedly demoed it with the help of a Snapchat-style demo that changes the scene to match in-game lighting. By comparison, the PS5’s camera was described as using older tech.

Ray tracing was another point the leaker touched on, though much of what they told the site didn’t make it to print. What they did share, however, was that each console has its own approach to ray tracing, which is interesting for a variety of reasons, not least of which because both units reportedly use AMD hardware.

The computational power is also said be the largest ever between generations, which isn’t completely surprising.

It’s important to note that not every feature that ships in a dev kit ends up making its way into the consumer model. It’s also best to take these claims with a grain of salt, since plans can and often do change. Passing judgement on the capabilities of next-gen consoles without final hardware in hand would be pointless.

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