The gaming industry is booming during the pandemic. The new game consoles from Sony and Microsoft will further increase sales. We’ve tried both and disagree whether the Playstation 5 or the Xbox Series X is better.
2020 couldn’t be better for the video game industry. Two rare circumstances coincide and result in record sales. On the one hand, there is the pandemic of the century: in times of lockdowns and curfews, people at home immerse themselves even more in the worlds of computer games. On the other hand, a new generation of video game consoles is coming to the market this year, lasting almost a decade.
While the iPhone is renewed every year, the life cycle of a console is around seven years. Sony has just launched its new gaming devices with the Playstation 5 and Microsoft with the Xbox Series X and Series S. In the past, a new generation of consoles was synonymous with entering a new era of gaming: for the first time the games at colors enabled for Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive, games for Playstation and Nintendo 64 in 3D and graphics for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. in high definition.
This is not the case with the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game is fundamentally no different. Obviously, gaming machines have more graphics power. Playing in 4K resolution is now the new standard. Whether you can exploit the full potential depends on television. Not all models manage a speed of 120 frames per second, which makes what happens on screen seem particularly fluid.
On paper, the new Xbox has a slight advantage over the Playstation 5. We tested both consoles, but found no significant differences. The Playstation 5 also impressed with its short loading time and detailed graphics. As a rule, the graphics quality of games will improve once designers and programmers get used to the new consoles and can extract everything from the hardware.
Many of the games currently available such as “Gears 5” (Xbox) were originally programmed for the latest generation of consoles and have now been optimized. Or they appear as “Spider-Man” simultaneously on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5.
In general, the new Xbox and Playstation 5 are no longer autonomous systems like their predecessors: games from older consoles can also be used on them, and the Playstation 4 and Xbox One controllers work just as well. This is easy to use, but it also shows that the update is gradually coming to an end and that the technical differences have less impact on graphics quality. So this battle in the console battle could also be fought on price.
There are reduced versions of both the new Xbox and the Playstation 5: the Playstation 5 is also available without a Blu-ray player for 400 francs instead of 500. The little sister of the Xbox Series X is the S Series and costs only 300 francs (200 francs less). . A new game console has rarely been this cheap. It is Microsoft’s declaration of war against Sony. Because the last battle clearly went to the Japanese. 114 million copies of the Playstation 4 were sold, of the Xbox One only 43 million.
The outlook for Microsoft is not bad. Market researchers estimate that 8.5 million Playstation 5 and 6.5 million Xbox Series X and Series S will be sold by spring. May the battle of the consoles continue.
What is better? Playstation 5 versus Xbox Series X
Playstation 5: Consoles require video games
Performance, ease of use or design are secondary, video game offering is key. And that producer that Sony can offer in this field has already proved it with the Playstation 4: titles such as “Bloodborne”, “Spider-Man”, “God of War” and “Last of Us” are among the best video games in the world. latest generation of consoles – and are only available on Playstation.
The same can be expected on the Playstation 5: unlike the Xbox, Sony’s new console starts with a range of new video games that not only cover different genres, but also showcase the console’s new features. The show begins when you switch on with “Astro’s Playroom”: the game pre-installed on PS5 shows from the first minute how impressive the new controller is. With vibration and adaptive keys, it can simulate things that happen in the game: if you pull a bow, the key gets harder when pressed, for example. Video games thus reach a physical level that enhances the experience.
With two other titles, “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls”, Playstation also shows what can already be graphically ported from the console. Whether it’s reflections on New York’s skyscrapers or crackling flames in dark dungeons, everything appears in a new splendor.
Technically, however, the loading times are even more impressive than the graphics: instead of minutes, it only takes seconds to get right in the middle of the action, beyond the times you lifted your mobile at each loading screen. This also gives you more time for games, and that’s what it’s all about.
Xbox Series X: a step into the future of video games
The computer industry is more conservative than one might think: for decades the same games have been reissued and sold on disc. Time for a breath of fresh air. Microsoft imitates Netflix and no longer relies on individual games, but on subscriptions: with a monthly fee of CHF 15, you can access (for the moment) as many as 100 best games. So we no longer have to decide if we want to make our way through the latest “Call of Duty” or “Battlefield”. Let’s try both. Plus, Xbox games are no longer limited to TV.
They can now also be streamed to a smartphone or tablet. Where did you stop on TV, you keep playing on your mobile. The Xbox becomes your gaming cloud. Not only are gamers listening, but also Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Since he was at the helm, the group has successfully developed into a cloud service provider. Now he is also becoming interested in the games division. His wallet is loose.
Microsoft just took over Studio Bethesda. Great RPGs like “Fallout” or “The Elder Scrolls” and traditional shooters like “Doom” or “Wolfenstein” are likely to be Xbox exclusive titles in the future. But that’s not enough. The group has already announced the purchase of additional studios. The days of Sony having the best games will soon be over.
Do you need more arguments? Oh yeah, the new compact Xbox will definitely fit any TV, but Sony’s console monster may not be. The eye plays. Not just on screen.