Xbox Series X or PS5: Which Console Should You Buy?
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Xbox Series X or PS5: Which Console Should You Buy?

Jonno Nicholson
19 March 2020

The console war is on! Sony and Microsoft are doing their best to flex their muscles with the next generation of console gaming on the horizon. Find out which console you should be spending your money on in this handy article!

As the PS5 vs Xbox Series X feud rages on, we thought we would try to make the decision a little easier for consumers this holiday.

With both companies revealing details about the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, now is the time to start deciding on which one you should be spending your hard-earned cash on.

In this article, we compare the PlayStation and the Xbox, what they both offer, what games are likely to be releasing alongside the consoles and some expert opinion as to why one is superior to the other!

Xbox Series X

Kicking things off is the Xbox Series X, the successor to the Xbox One.

After seemingly falling behind Sony on its current generation of consoles, it appears Microsoft is back in a big way with the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X.

Price & Release Date

Expected to be approximately $500-700/£400-500 on its "Holiday 2020" release, the Xbox is looking like the better console to buy as of writing (March 5th).

With a list of specifications already online, players already have a good idea of what to expect if they decide to choose the Xbox.

Specs

The specs of the new Xbox are nothing short of phenomenal.

Offering similar specs to a very high-end PC, the Xbox also features backwards compatibility on ALL Xbox games dating back from the original console.

If you're fancying a throwback to the early Forza Motorsport games, among some other classics from the original Xbox, then the Xbox is certainly the console for you.

Sony has only confirmed that PS4 games will be backwards compatible, so if you are looking for a wide library of games to get stuck into, then the Xbox is certainly the console for you.

Alongside a huge library of games to select, the Xbox will run at 8K with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, meaning that games are likely to look incredible thanks to the new graphical processor and 16GB of RAM to boot.

 

Games

The selection of games is always the deal-breaker for me. Both Sony and Microsoft have offered some incredible exclusive titles in the past and you can expect the same for the release of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.

Below is a list of confirmed titles for the launch of the Xbox Series X:

  • Halo: Infinite
  • Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

343 Industries has the chance to revive the Halo franchise back to its glory days and there's no better time to do it than with the release of a brand-new console.

Smart Delivery

This is what sets the Xbox apart from the PS5. All exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles will come with Smart Delivery, but what is it?

Smart Delivery means that you will only have to buy one version of the game, whether it's on an Xbox One or a Series X.

Say if you buy Halo on the current generation of Xbox and you then buy a Series X, there will be NO NEED to buy that same game again thanks to Smart Delivery. 

The tech is available to all publishers and developers, so it will be interesting to see who joins the likes of CD Projekt Red and uses this to their advantage.

I doubt Activision will be on board with it, meaning that you'll probably have to buy two editions of COD 2020 to be able to play it on the new console.

 

The Verdict

In my opinion, Microsoft is well ahead in the battle against Sony, who has yet to finalise details on the PS5.

Nonetheless, the thought of only having to buy a game once thanks to Smart Delivery along with a MASSIVE library of games that can be accessed through the reasonably-priced Xbox Games Pass, I am certainly leaning towards buying an Xbox on release unless Sony can pull the rabbit out of the hat with what the PS5 has to offer.

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

In the early stages of the battle between these two gaming titans, Sony looked to have the advantage, with more games being available when the console launched but since then, Sony has been on the back foot and fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of news surrounding the PS5.

Specs

Early specifications for the PS5 bring it in line with the Xbox. It is said that it can run at 8K at 120Hz, the same as the Xbox, but other than that, there is a distinct lack of information surrounding any further specs for the new console.

With still no details on an equivalent of Smart Delivery, Quick Resume and to whether the rumoured wireless charging of its controllers is fact, it is hard to get on board with a console that we have minimal knowledge on.

Games

With the Xbox having access to its entire games library from all generations of console, many PS fans were hoping that Sony may be doing something of a similar nature; but alas, Sony has only confirmed backwards compatibility for PS4 games.

Unless Sony announces further availability of its games library alongside PlayStation Now (PS5's unconfirmed subscription service) then many fans may consider jumping ship to a console that has so many more games to play.

Below is a list of confirmed titles for the PS5:

There are plenty of titles rumoured to be coming to PS5 but with only one game confirmed for the new console and with no official release date, as it stands, the Xbox looks to have a significant edge over what Sony is offering so far.

As a massive fan of the Gran Turismo series, it is a shame to see that a staple of PlayStation hasn't even been listed as a title available on release.

This could all change in the coming months but with only one game confirmed, it's very underwhelming.

 

The Verdict

It is very hard to get on board with the idea of buying a PS5 given the lack of information surrounding its console specs and a lack of titles to get excited about. In comparison to the Xbox, its rivals look to be very far ahead as convention season fast approaches.

It's going to take something very special for Sony to win fans over with the PS5 and I look forward to seeing what it can do to even the playing field with Microsoft in the coming months.

Console vs PC - Is a PC A Better Investment?

With the prices of these consoles reflecting those of a mid-range gaming PC, perhaps a transition to a PC doesn't look like a bad idea at all.

With many games available for free, a superior frame rate and the ability to upgrade individual parts, a gaming PC could well be for you!

If you're like me and are a console gamer then the prospect of a gaming PC may not be the decision for you, especially with several console exclusives only being available to play on either an Xbox or a PlayStation.

Which Should You Buy?!

If you were to ask me right this second as to which console I would get it would certainly be the Xbox, hands down.

Offering innovative features such as Smart Delivery and having a AAA franchise such as Halo headlining its titles available on release is making it an easy decision to part with my £500.

It's certainly going to be interesting to see whether Sony can match what Microsoft has already announced but with minimal info to go off, it would be very hard to justify spending a lot of money on a console that I know hardly anything about and has no AAA titles available on release.

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