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PS5 vs. XSX after eight months. Who is better?

November 10 and 19, 2020 are the dates that people who follow the gaming industry remember. The first was the launch day of the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, and the second was the launch of the PlayStation 5 and F95Zone. The release sparked enthusiasm and excitement, although it was clear that a huge leap forward should not be expected.

Sony and Microsoft have come to work to somehow improve the first impression, spoiled by the limited availability of consoles. Somewhere better, somewhere worse - every corporation made mistakes, but tried to do more than a competitor.

Pros of Xbox Series X | S:

  • Purchase of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks . Acquiring one of the heavyweights publishers with the most powerful studios and franchises is a strong argument. And Microsoft is mildly making it clear that not all Bethesda games will be available to PlayStation 5 owners. We don't know yet if the company will be able to stick to its previously adopted strategy of releasing steep single-player adventures, but expectations are high. Want to play Starfield, The Elder Scrolls 6, and potential new Fallout, Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein subscriptions? Buy Xbox, as the corporation does not guarantee the output on other consoles.
  • Xbox "sells the future" that could snowball out of projects. The potential of the console and the fruits of the studio's creativity will unfold over the years. A strong marketing campaign is underway in this direction. A lot of studios have been bought and each one can work on several games at once. It looks like the in-house teams will be offering a big game on their subscriptions on a quarterly basis, so Xbox fans shouldn't worry about having to pay $ 60-70 for some of the new titles. Cloud technologies are also rapidly developing and soon everyone will be able to play Xbox games on their mobile phones. Do not forget that Microsoft is the richest corporation that can afford to buy almost any game company and invest huge sums in innovation.
  • Powerful exclusives announced . Forza Horizon 5, Starfield, Best grenade spots dust 2, The Elders Scroll 6, Fable, The Outer Worlds 2, Awoved, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, State of Decay 3, and Perfect Dark are truly intriguing. If these are not your games, then, perhaps, in the future, the Halo franchises, Gears, deep role-playing games Obsidian and inXile, insane projects Double Fine and Compulsion Games, horror stories Tango Gameworks, immersing Arcane sims, novelties of Rare veterans will be of interest in the future? 
  • Less important:
    • For fans of numbers. Xbox Series X is the most powerful next generation console . 12.2 TFLOPS versus 10.3 TFLOPS for PS5.
    • Many games from all generations of Microsoft consoles : Xbox, HuniePop 2, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games are available in backward compatibility mode on Xbox Series X | S. PS5, except for the "return" from the PS4, there is nothing to answer.
    • Brilliant presentation at E3 2021 . We've mentioned Game Pass and "Selling the Future," but it's worth adding that Microsoft's presentation at E3 2021 has fired up fans even more. The number of interesting projects can make your head spin.

Cons of Xbox Series X | S:

  • Where are the games? Microsoft was going to release the Xbox Series X | S in conjunction with the console-exclusive Halo Infinite, but after the demonstration and community laughter at Craig, decided to postpone it for almost a year. The consoles started without new games. It is clear that the strategy of the corporation allows such a launch, but from the outside it looks strange and gives another reason for Sony fans to say: "There were no games, and there are no games." We have to admit that they are not there even after 8 months. And it looks like the next release will be Forza Horizon 5 in November.
  • Silence on VR. After the actual funeral of the Kinect due to unfulfilled expectations, Microsoft has chosen not to talk about virtual reality either. But the company has the means and opportunities to take several steps in this direction.
  • Lack of attention to accessories. Xbox Series X | S did not receive major controller improvements, and only wireless headphones were added as accessories. Compare with the work Sony has done.

Pros of the PlayStation 5:

  • Games. Sony knows how to create great exclusives, for which it is adored by fans. Unlike the competitor, the Japanese are well prepared: Demon's Souls, Spider Man: Miles Morales, Astro Bot, Sack Boy, Returnal, Ratchet& Clank: Rift Apart. And this is without taking into account the not so large projects that are distributed in the PlayStation Plus subscription. And the announced products make you thrill, because they are very likely to become the games of the year.
  • DualSense wireless controller. Sony has come up with an innovative device with a futuristic design, realistic tactile feedback and great features. DualSense is praised not only by industry figures, but also by the head of the Xbox Phil Spencer, who is already preparing to respond to Sony. A true next-generation symbol that will allow you to feel the future of gaming, and haptic vibration and adaptive triggers may well soon become the standard.
  • Great add-ons. For the launch of Sony's PS5, gamers have received a slew of next-generation accessories. DualSense charging station for two controllers, wireless headphones with 3D sound, camera and remote control. A huge advantage, in addition to its obvious practicality, is a design that fits perfectly with the vision of the next generation of PlayStation.
  • PS VR 2. Sony does not lose faith in virtual reality and has already announced the second generation of helmets. It remains to be hoped that the company will speak more and more boldly about them, because it is in this segment that the Japanese have a great advantage over their competitors.
  • Powerful exclusives announced. God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7. Probably not soon, but something interesting should be expected from Naughty Dog, Bend, Sucker Punch and others. You can be sure that Sony will definitely not let you get bored and will inundate players with exclusive deals and interesting offers from the largest publishers. 
  • Less important:
    • Now Sony clearly has more fans, and if the PS5 were available to everyone at the official price, then the Xbox would be far behind in sales. Brand strength, audience loyalty, and word of mouth will last for a long time. At the same time, it plays into the hands of the Xbox, as Microsoft has time to show its advantages to more undecided.

Cons of PlayStation 5:

  • Higher prices for games . In opposition to the burgeoning Game Pass, fans have received a price hike from PlayStation from in-house studios. We'll have to dig deeper into the wallet, since in the US the price has risen to $ 70, and in Russia - to 5,499 rubles. And it becomes a kind of standard. The process is probably irreversible, as Sony believes that the players should pay for the quality.
  • Startup problems( [pii_email_aef67573025b785e8ee2] ) with USB . A bad first impression can only be made once. And this has happened to many PlayStation 5 owners who have faced the USB issue. For example, initially the front output did not want to work at all and the controllers had to be connected to the rear connector. It happens, but there is a fear of the future.


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