Which new console should you buy?

They are finally here. After years of rumors and anticipation, Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) have officially launched their next generation of consoles. The new systems, dubbed the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 (PS5), promise several similar improvements over their predecessors, including more impressive graphics and super-fast solid-state storage drives to cut load time Ray tracing technique is included.

This means that you are asking yourself, “What is the difference between the two and who should choose?” And that’s where I come. So let’s break down the big differences and similarities between the two systems and give you a better idea, which is right for you.

The biggest difference comes down to price, the PS5’s impressive new DualSense controller, and, in particular, the types of exclusive games you can expect from the two systems. And that last one will be the most important difference that determines which console you choose.

Two versions of each console

The first thing to know about the new Xbox and PlayStation is that there are actually two versions of each console. The $ 499 Xbox Series X is a high-end model, while the $ 299 Xbox Series S is an entry-level offer.

The main difference between the Series X and Series S comes down to the performance of the graphics. With a more powerful processor, the Series X can play games at the right 4K resolution. The Series S, meanwhile, runs the game at a resolution of 1,440. For gamers who want an incredibly sharp viewing experience, the Series X is likely to go.

The system looks like a VCR and Alien’s love child. (Image: Sony)

Still, the Series S can play games at 120 frames per second, like the Series X, and output video at 8K resolution with HDR, though you’ll need to buy an ultra high-speed HDMI cable, including the Series X is. In its box.

The Series X also gets a 1TB solid-state drive, while the Series S has a 512GB drive. What’s more, the Series X includes an optical disc drive from which you can buy physical games, while the Series S does not. Meaning, you have to download all your games for S.

Microsoft's Xbox Series X is a beast of a machine.  (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is a beast of a machine. (Image: Microsoft)

Sony also offers two different versions of its console: the $ 499 PlayStation 5 and the $ 399 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The difference between the two is literal in their names. The standard PS5 comes with an optical disc drive that allows you to play physical media, while the digital version sacrifices disk drives for a good price cut.

Outside of that, and a slight aesthetic change due to the lack of a digital version, the two consoles are similar.

Graphics and performance

Microsoft touts the Series X as the most powerful console ever. Both the Series X and PlayStation 5 run on AMD (AMD) Zen 2 processors and use the RDNA 2 graphics processing unit of the same company. But Microsoft has some more tarflops than Sony, from 12 teraflops to 10.28 teraflops.

What is Teraflop? In short, it is a measurement of the performance of a graphics chip. But this is not the end all, there are all ways to determine which system has more oomph.

Some games are bound to play better, on one system or another, regardless of power, so relying on the Taraflops is not the best way to see things here.

'Spider-Man: Miles Morales' helps the PS5's new capabilities shine through with its beam tracing and incredibly fast load times.  (Image: Sony)
“Spider-Man: Miles Morales” helps the PS5’s new capabilities shine, including its beam tracing and incredibly fast load times. (Image: Sony)

Instead, you should look at what the system provides in terms of overall capabilities. They both feature ray tracing technology, which allows the game to produce more realistic lighting effects; The game can play up to 120 frames per second for remote gameplay; And support HDR and 4K gaming.

In fact, the systems are very evenly stacked. And after playing the game on both, I can say with confidence that they provide incredible graphics and performance, with very little difference in fact.

New controller

Now here where things are really interesting. Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are brand new controllers. The Xbox One X Controller of the Series X is a type of beefed-up version but has a better directional pad, Bluetooth, less energy and less latency to connect to your PC or other devices. All honorable upgrades.

Sony went though In college A little further with PlayStation 5’s DualDisk controller. Not only is it a heftier remote than the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4, but it has some truly impressive new capabilities.

The new DualSense controller is chunkier than the DualShock 4, but has innovative adaptive triggers that add tension to the button press.  (Image: Sony)
The new DualSense controller is chunkier than the DualShock 4, but has innovative adaptive triggers that add tension to the button press. (Image: Sony)

There are haptic feedback actuators that replace old rumble motors and give players a more accurate sensation of what is happening in their game, whether it is trampling through sand or firing rockets. In my experience, the controller controls feedback better, allowing you to feel small vibrations for in-game interactions and powerful shocks for in-game moments such as crashing a car or firing a tank.

However, better than this, DualIndus has adaptive trigger buttons. When you try to press them depending on the situation, the L2 and R2 buttons create tension. For example, in “Spider-Man: Miles Morales”, the triggers create tension when you press them to fire your web shooter.

From a gameplay perspective, I can influence it from horror games to racing titles and everything in between. This can be as big a progression as adding vibration feedback for controllers, although it all depends on how the developers take it.

What about sports?

Correct, the most important question you have. Well, out of the gate, you are not going to see many exclusions for the console. COVID-19-related meltdown, a major meltdown for the company, delayed Microsoft’s largest launch title, “Halo: Infinite”, to next year.

Meanwhile, Sony has remakes of “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and its “Demon Souls”, but there’s nothing that should really be a new masterpiece. However, the duo enjoys some high-flying new third-party titles in “Assassin’s Creed Vallela” and “Watchdogs: Legion”.

Both consoles also offer backwards compatibility, with Microsoft’s promising games as far as the original Xbox Series X and Series S. Will Play with PlayStation, says PlayStation 4 game will work with PS5.

'Watch Dogs: Legion' features DirectX Restriction, which creates a more realistic visual experience.  (Picture: Ubisoft)
“Watch Dogs: Legion” features DirectX Restring, which creates a more realistic visual experience. (Picture: Ubisoft)

However, Microsoft’s ace in the hole is its GamePass subscription service, which allows you to play more than 100 titles on your Xbox at any time for $ 9.99 per month. This is a ridiculous thing, and if you’re an Xbox gamer then I can’t give you enough advice. Go to Gamepass Ultimate, and you get the same games and Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, allowing you to play your title on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Sony has its own service, called PlayStation Plus, in which you get two PlayStation 4 games a month. And with PlayStation 5, Sony is incorporating the PlayStation Plus collection, a group of 20 of the best PlayStation 4 games that achieve better load times and more stable frame rates.

'Assassin's Creed: Vallah' is one of the biggest launch titles to come in Series X.  (Image: Ubisoft)
“Assassin’s Creed: Vallah” is one of the biggest launch titles to come in Series X. (Image: Ubisoft)

Sony’s offering is certainly impressive, but you really can’t beat Microsoft’s GamePass deal, and it gives Microsoft a slight edge out of the gate. On top of this, Microsoft is expected to close its deal for the acquisition of ZeniMax Media by mid-2021, which will give Microsoft access to the title from the likes of Bethesda and Eid.

Which console should you get?

Ah, the most important question of all. Like the split between Android and iPhone users, Xbox and PlayStation users are loyal to their favorite console brands. If you are that type of person, then you already know what you are going to get.

For all the rest, it comes down to the future headlines these systems have to offer. With crossplay, in which players on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, and PC can all play simultaneously, and being more common, third-party games should not be an issue. In that case, it comes down to exclusion. And with Microsoft getting ZeniMax, it has taken the Xbox game library seriously.

But Sony pumps some of the industry’s best first-party titles, so you can never count them.

I am a fan of both, and therefore both will meet. But if that is not for you, take full care of what the console has done for future releases, and base your decisions on it. And don’t forget, have fun!

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