Talk about the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft is nothing new, but this year it's really heated up. Before E3 lead system architech Mark Cerny dropped a whole load of details on the next PlayStation console, with Microsoft revealing their own Project Scarlett at the show in LA, and it seems Sony might be aiming their console towards a more niche audience.
According to insider information allegedly gathered by the Wall Street Journal (and brought to us by CCN), the console will be aimed at hardcore gamers specifically, with Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida reportedly saying that "details when making games have become more important than ever," hence why ray-tracing will be featured in the next console.
With powerful specs allowing the console to "dramatically increase the graphics-rendering speed", it's understandable why people are expecting a big price tag. Analyst Michael Pachter, for example, has guessed it could hit the $800 USD mark, which would be a pricey console even by the infamous PS3's standard (that launched at $499 and $599, raising a fair few eyebrows).
The speculation will keep on going until Sony reveals their next console in full, and Microsoft still has a fair bit to unveil regarding Scarlett. If it's anything like the Scorpio though, we may get a proper name next E3, although Xbox chief Phil Spencer has said the price will be revealed ASAP.
Which console are you most interested in?