This holiday season, we face a difficult task: new PlayStation and Xbox consoles are coming. Should we give gifts to our loved ones – or ourselves?
There are many options. Starting Thursday, Sony will ship two versions of the PlayStation 5: a $ 500 model that includes a disk drive and a smaller $ 400 disc-free version that runs downloaded games. The Xbox – which also comes in two models, the $ 500 Series X and the $ 300 Series S – will launch on Tuesday.
There are many types of gamers, so we – Brian X Chen, a PlayStation Loyalist, and Mike Issac, who grew up playing Xbox – tested both consoles in our homes. Earlier this week, we Shared our impression of Xbox. This review will focus on the PlayStation 5.
Brian Hello again, Mike! Let’s forget about Biden vs. Trump for a while to continue our debate about Xbox vs. PlayStation.
Mike Is PS5 Biden or Trump in this analogy?
Mmm, you know what? I refrain from answering.
This is the final exam for companies like Sony and Microsoft. Sony spent the past seven years topping the slate of killer games for the PS4, and oversaw the Xbox.
After a few weeks with the new PS5, what do you think? Is this another winner?
Brian Let me start with some revelations. I have owned PlayStations since the first generation and never had an Xbox. But in 2006, I felt jealous of the PlayStation 3, which had mostly lame games in comparison with the Xbox 360, so I’ve kept an open mind for this new generation.
All of that said, I think PlayStation 5 is going to win my vote with my wallet in this round. what are you?
Mike I was reluctant for Sony to be strong and stumped out, but you’re right. If I were to drop 500 rupees on a piece of hardware right now, it would be the PS5. I want to hear what you won.
Brian Let’s start with the hardware before starting the game and moving on to the overall experience.
First things first: The PS5 is a Kinnar. It’s over 15 inches long – it’s almost four inches taller than the Xbox Xbox X. So you will need to find out where you are going to put it. (There’s also an ugly black stand that can be screwed over to keep it more stable, but I didn’t use it.)
In general, I like the console design. It looks curvy and futuristic and reminds me of a concept car.
Mike Do you remember that computing brand Alienware? They made really expensive, crazy computer systems with neon on them all? The company is now part of Dell, but I remember all their advertisements in computer magazines I read during my youth. This was my immediate thought.
Brian Definitely, and this is basically what the PS5 is: a powerful computer dedicated to gaming. Similar to the new Xbox, it has a graphics processor that supports ray tracing, a complex rendering process that makes lighting and shadows more realistic in graphics.
Mike The graphics are very good. In the launch game we played, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I could immediately tell how sharp the characters’ faces and landscapes were while playing. Color pure, red and greens like brilliant neon. Each one of Spider Man’s different suits looked awesome!
There is one thing I want to exclude, though. I had an awkward moment with the PS5 controller that struck me as potentially sensitive. It has a microphone built in it. This is convenient, because you don’t have to buy a separate headset to chat with friends immediately.
But I was not used to it. I had a moment where I was talking to a friend on my iPhone while playing Call of Duty multiplayer, and my partner in the game reminded me that he could hear me! This freaked me out.
Brian Oh friend. Do not carry your controller with you during bathroom breaks.
Mike Yes, to be fair there is a button and glow icon that tells you when it is on or off. But still, I was not used to it. learning curve!
Brian The controller is very good otherwise. It is larger and heavier than previous PlayStation controllers, but feels comfortable to hold for long sessions.
Mike Can I go to a storage drive?
Mike So Sony (and Microsoft) have a solid state drive called for storing all your games and apps on the system. It loads games faster than traditional spinning hard-disk drives. It makes a lot of difference. I cannot tell you how far my life has been overcome by the PS4 loading screen in the past.
Brian Tell me about this. Remember the Red Dead Redemption 2 loading screen on the PS4?
Mike Huh, I used to go to the kitchen and make a snack while RDR2 is loaded!
Brian With Spider-Man, the game took about three seconds to launch, and is notable.
Mike Yes, 100 percent. I’ve really been Call of Duty: Warzone For the past few months – this has been my way of getting around online with friends during the epidemic – and the difference between playing it on the PS5 compared to the PS4 was huge.
For one, the solid-state drive meant that loading each session was so fast that often, I was one of the first people to level every new game. And things just felt smooth.
Did you play any other games?
Brian I recently spent a lot of time repeating the title of PlayStation 4, such as Final Fantasy VII Remake And The last of us part ii. I also immediately noticed how powerful those games were. Frame rates were high thanks to the beefier graphics processor.
Also very important: PlayStation 5 was much quieter than PlayStation 4, which had such a fast fanbase that I always feared it was going to explode.
This is a good time to bring backward compatibility – the ability to play games from previous console generations – a major selling point for both consoles.
Mike Yes! So I am curious about your views on this.
Brian More than that, Microsoft wins here. PlayStation is backward-compatible with PlayStation 4 only. The new Xbox is backward-compatible for some games for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and even the original Xbox.
Backward compatibility always sounds good, but in practice, apathy is not enough to win me over. I spend more time playing new games than reviewing old games.
Mike Completely fair. And Microsoft really doesn’t seem very new to us yet, does it?
Brian Like us Talked about our xbox review, We were hamstrings because Microsoft did not have great content for us to try. Most of the games we tested were made for Windows PCs or the previous generation Xbox.
On PlayStation, Spider-Man made a strong first impression by showcasing the hardware’s impressive speed and graphics.
Also coming soon for PlayStation is a new God of War game, another popular franchise that is exclusive to PlayStation. Exclusion matters a lot.
Mike one hundred percent. I’m a big fan of God of War, and I bought the PS4 extensively. The last of us And Its sequel, The Last of Us Part II. Sometimes I wait a year after launch to see which games have surfaced and how the system rents.
Brian The Xbox’s software interface also feels inferior. It looks like a cluttered Windows App Store. In contrast, the PlayStation interface looks elegant and streamlined.
Mike fair. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s still wide-open territory for both Sony and Microsoft, which dominate the next-gen system wars. Next year will tell us what games are — haves and which systems host them.
But the PS5 won me the race early.
Brian me too. There are different audiences for each console. Here’s what I understand it boils down to: For game enthusiasts who choose only one console, the PlayStation 5 is a safe bet for now. The hardware and software are solid, and the system looks set to get a strong game in Year 1 (if you rarely buy a disc, save 100 bucks and get the digital version, which lacks a disk drive.)
Budget-conscious people and casual gamers will likely trend toward the $ 300 Xbox Series S, which runs games at lower resolution and can play a stack of older Xbox titles available for a lower cost.
Mike We are in agreement. And although the PS5 will dent my wallet, I consider it a form of video-game therapy because the rest of the world is dealing with the future of elections and democracy.
Brian There is that epidemic there too. I haven’t seen your face in months, but I look forward to seeing your avatar in PlayStation Land!