Bethesda mouthpiece Pete Hines has teased he's 'privy' to a few details on the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft, though (unsurprisingly) isn't in a position to talk about anything just yet.

Speaking with The Telegraph (via Yahoo), Hines did however let slip that he's unsure about how big of a shift consumers can expect in a PlayStation 5 and new Xbox, at least in terms of visuals.

'I am curious to see what it looks like and how it’s different. I’m privy to some stuff which obviously I can’t really talk about, but there is also a lot that I’m not sure on what it’s going to look like. And more importantly how big a shift we can expect,' said Hines.

As an example, he looked at the advancements that the PS3 and Xbox 360 offered over their predecessors, which obviously afforded a huge leap in technology as they were the first to introduce high-definition gaming.

With PS4 and Xbox One the jump wasn't as dramatic, although five years on things have definitely come a long way in terms of what developers are able to squeeze out of both consoles. 

'I feel like there was a shift from Xbox and PS2 to Xbox 360 and PS3 that was pretty demonstrable. Because we went from the old way to HD and the HD thing was so dramatic. It was night and day. Then you went to Xbox One and PS4 and it wasn’t like ‘woah’. The graphics folks that are super into it can certainly tell, but to the average consumer they were like ok it still looks good.'

'How much of that will change, I don’t know. The rest of it doesn’t matter to me because I’m not drawing art or coding or designing. What really matters is what the developers think. What do they need and what are the kind of power and features they are looking for.'

So, when are we likely to see a new PlayStation and Xbox? Sony and Microsoft are keeping mum, although we know that a new Xbox is in the works, supposedly codenamed Scarlett. In fact, reports have claimed it'll come in two flavours: a cloud-based version and a traditional telly box.

As for Sony, we're not likely to see anything new from them until around 2020, the same year that Scarlett is rumoured to hit stores.

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