It’s been about two months since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were released. Meanwhile, those of us lucky enough to find one to buy have had plenty of time to play on both machines.
The verdict short? Both are just perfect.
The Xbox Series X looks like a faster Xbox One X. There just isn’t much of a difference between the two in terms of the UI, the feel of the gamepad, or even how the games look and play. Sure, it’s a step forward overall, but you don’t really notice that much. The transition between the two seems almost invisible – let’s call it smooth.
There is no doubt that modern games look and play better on the Xbox Series X than on the latest generation hardware. No game has proven that more than Cyberpunk 2077, which performs much better on Xbox Series X than any other console, even on the sidelines of the PS5 (although it doesn’t perform as well as the Stadia version, largely because it just runs the last-gen version of the game on faster hardware).
The PS5 feels more of a new generation for a number of reasons. For one thing, although we luckily have backward compatibility with PS4 games on the PS5, the feel from the console is quite different. The transition is not so “smooth” between the two systems. The user interface is drastically overhauled, unlike the Xbox Series X which is almost entirely the same as the Xbox One X. The console itself feels like the space age. And the DualSense Gamepad is a radical departure from the DualShock, with its advanced haptic feedback and futuristic design.
But none of that is really what gives the PS5 an edge over the Xbox Series X. The quality of experience between the two consoles is essentially the same. For most players, playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on PS5 or Xbox Series X will hardly make any difference.
It’s the games themselves, once again, that give Sony an edge over Microsoft, at least for now. That could change as the current generation evolves. Microsoft has acquired numerous video game studios, most recently including Bethesda, the makers of Ancient scrolls games, the Fall franchise and many other lucrative and popular series.
For now, however, the PS5 has a clear and obvious advantage over the Xbox Series X. At least during the launch window, it’s the only console with actual exclusives. The only true PS5 exclusive is Demon souls, and it’s really fantastic. But Spider-Man: Miles Morales is another Sony exclusive available on PS4 and PS5. At the moment, Microsoft simply cannot compete with these titles. That will almost certainly change in the future, as we see the fruits of Microsoft’s various acquisitions ripen.
Let’s take a look at the release landscape in 2021. Sony and Microsoft both plan to release several games this year. Depending on what you’re looking forward to, it’s hard to say which has the most exciting lineup.
PlayStation games released in 2021.
Upcoming PlayStation Exclusives in 2021:
- Ratchet & Clank: a break
- Horizon: West prohibited
- Gran Turismo 7
- AllStars Destruction
PlayStation exclusives also available on PC in 2021:
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Solar ash
- Goodbye Volcano High
- Guilty Gear Strive
Timed PlayStation Exclusives available in 2021 (also available on PC):
- Little devil inside
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
Of course, there are more PS5 exclusives and timed exclusives coming out later, including the magnificent RPG Square Enix. Athia Project scheduled for 2022. Final Fantasy XVI is also in preparation.
Xbox Series X Exclusives | S available in 2021
Alright, now let’s take a look at the games coming out on Xbox. It’s important to note that unlike PlayStation, almost all Xbox exclusives will be released on PC. Some of these will be timed exclusives on the console and others will also be available on Xbox Game Pass.
- The way (Xbox Series X | S / PC)
- The Gunk (XSX / Xbox One / PC)
- Senua Saga: Hellblade 2 (Xbox Series X | S / PC)
- Halo: Infinite (XSX / Xbox One / PC)
- Living memory: infinite (XSX / PC)
- STALKER 2 (XSX / PC)
- Contempt (XSX / PC)
There are of course more Xbox Series X / PC exclusives in the pipeline, sure, but most of them are slated for later release dates or just don’t have any release dates or windows. These included Everwild of Sea of Thieves Rare developer and Declared, a new first-person RPG from Obsidian set in the same world as Pillars of Eternity, and Fable-a reboot of the classic fantasy series. It is possible that these games will be released in 2021; we just don’t know yet.
For now, at least, Sony has the biggest lineup with 13 timed exclusives / exclusives at 7. Perhaps we should note that PC is the real winner at 14 (although countless other PC exclusives will be rolling out as well. in 2021).
Anyway, what this comparison tells me is that while Sony still has an edge when it comes to exclusive content, Microsoft is quickly catching up on the difference. However, some games will only come to PS5. There is no game that will only come to Xbox Series X since every title will also be released on PC. Microsoft considers this a victory, of course, since the PC is an even more important part of Microsoft’s business, but that means the PS5 is still a more needed console than the Xbox Series X – yes, of course. , you already have a gaming PC.
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