While there are doubts about how well Google Stadia will perform when it's out in the wild, there's no denying that its stage presentation was impressive, and the Stadia specs are nothing to scoff at either. Google Stadia is promising a whopping 10.7 teraflops of power, making it more powerful than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined. However, it seems as though Stadia will be outclassed by the next-generation consoles from both Sony and Microsoft.
According to Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier, known for his intimate insider knowledge of the gaming industry, both Sony and Microsoft are "aiming higher" than the 10.7 teraflops that Google Stadia will deliver. Schreier made this claim in a ResetEra thread where he disputed rumors about next-gen dev kits and when next-gen consoles will arrive, stating that next-gen will come in 2020 as many analysts have predicted.
"In other words, don't expect much in the way of substantial leakage just yet. The only thing to know for sure is that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming higher than that '10.7 teraflops' number that Google threw out last week. (And, as has been reported, Microsoft's got a few things in the works.)"
With the PS5 and next Xbox both presumably being physical home consoles, it's no surprise that they are going to be more powerful than Stadia. However, the staggering leap forward this represents may surprise some, as many predicted a smaller, more incremental increase in power when it came to the transition to next-generation consoles.
But if Schreier's claim that the PS5 and next Xbox are aiming for higher than 10.7 teraflops is correct, that would mean those consoles are also more powerful than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined. And since the Xbox One X is currently the most powerful home console in existence, that's saying something.
Of course, when it comes to video game consoles, a quality library of games trumps raw power every time, and so the PS5 and next Xbox will have to best Google in that department as well. It's true that Stadia will have first-party exclusives, but Sony and Microsoft both have libraries of established, popular IP that they can draw from, not to mention built-in audiences for their gaming products. Needless to say, the next-generation console wars should be interesting, and if the rumors about the PS5 and next Xbox specs are true, gamers have a lot to look forward to in 2020.