Sorry PS5, Xbox Series X has unexpectedly become my console of choice

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I started this new generation of game consoles with the expectation that it would play most games on the PS5, as I played most things on the last generation of PS4. But almost five months later, I spend most of my time on the Xbox Series X and now I feel bad, like I’m ignoring my PS5.

I was lucky to get both machines new at launch. I did not use special connections or industry contacts to get them. I just opened a lot of tabs and started searching for consoles around the time the pre-orders were posted. At the time, I mostly got the Xbox Series X because I knew I’d like to play aura and some other Microsoft exclusives. Also, for the first time in my life, I had saved money for buy both new consoles at launch. So why not buy both if you had the chance?

After both machines arrived in November, I mostly played the PS5. I obtained Godfall Y Miles Morales. i beat Astro Game Room. I downloaded and played PS4 games like GTA Online Y Red Dead Online. I had a good time. But in recent months, things have changed.

In December, I got a Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card, giving me an additional 1 TB of next-gen space. This is very useful as it allows me to download and install more next-gen titles. On PS5, there is still no way to expand the SSD storage, which limits the number of large games such as Obligations can be installed at once. I also started downloading more Xbox 360 and Xbox One games than I had and found that they worked great on the new machine. Game Pass started adding more games to my growing list of things to play. I also started to take advantage of the ability to bounce between my Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Series X, and some games allowed me to play anywhere, without the need to transfer save files.

For example, Gears 5. I started playing the game on Xbox One, then I moved to PC, then I moved to my Xbox Series X while my GF was playing something on PC, and then I moved to xCloud on my phone when I wanted to play games in my living room near our fireplace. during a cold night. And it worked. I didn’t have to manage saves, installations or anything. It was perfect. This also happened with Watch Dogs Legion. I started playing on Xbox One. Then I got my new console and started the game on Series X. All my progress, achievements and saves were waiting for me. No hassle, no extra steps. Meanwhile, on PS5, I was able to move my saves from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla but i didn’t get all my trophies. I also accidentally downloaded the PS4 version the first time I went to install it, which was annoying and a waste of time.

Another big reason I’ve been spending more time on my Xbox is backward compatibility. Sure, almost every PS4 game works on PS5, but no PS3 or PS2 game works on the new machine. On Xbox, I’ve been playing Xbox 360 games, Xbox One games, and even an original Xbox game. They look great too, thanks to the Auto HDR feature built into the new Xbox. And recently, older games got even better on Xbox Series X with the FPS Boost feature. It’s still limited, but playable New Super Lucky tale at 120 fps it was fantastic. The Master Chief Collection It also runs at 4K / 120fps and has become one of my most played games of 2021. It’s also great to be able to jump to PC to keep progressing on my account.

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Game Pass is another big reason my PS5 is starting to collect some dust. I just downloaded Dirt 5 to my Xbox, which was recently added to Game Pass. I didn’t even turn on the console. I did it all through the easy to use Xbox app on my phone. I could actually play it back on my phone via xCloud, but I’m going to wait to play it back on my dumb big 4K TV with 120fps mode enabled.

I guess as more great Sony games come out, like West horizon forbidden or Ratchet and Clank: Rift ApartI’ll find myself spending more time on the PS5. But if you’re currently trying to buy a next-gen console in the first place, good luck! Second, if you’re not a picky eater, I think an Xbox Series X might be the best option right now. Especially if you mind playing older games or are willing to pay for Game Pass.

Like I said before, I feel bad. My poor PS5 is there, only used for a few hours of REV or GTA Online. I want to love it. I loved my PS4 and even the PSVR Headphones. It is one of my favorite consoles of all time. But I can’t stop playing with my Xbox Series X and I don’t want to. Sorry PS5. I’ll be back when Deathloop comes out. Promise!

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