In the year of our lord 2020, a new console generation is upon us. Between Sony and Microsoft, we’re set to experience the technological jump in next-gen hardware with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. However, if you’ve been keeping up from a technical perspective, you may realize that these two upcoming systems share a lot in common. From the AMD-built CPU and GPU to the ultra-fast solid-state drives, both consoles are sure to deliver similar top-end performance. But here, we’re going to focus on what sets them apart.
Aside from a few key hardware details, the PS5 and Xbox Series X have some notable differences. Exclusive games, subscription services, controllers, backward compatibility, expandable storage, form factor–these are all ways the new consoles are forming their distinct identities and setting the stage for the upcoming generation. Also, if you’re undecided on which platform to dedicate your time with, these are the things you should be aware of. We’ll continue to update this feature as we learn more about both consoles in the months ahead.
Microsoft has made significant moves in recent years by acquiring multiple development studios to bring into its first-party Xbox Games Studios umbrella. While it means that these dev teams get the support of a giant like Microsoft, it also means Xbox platforms get exclusive games. It’s tricky to talk about in definitive terms given Microsoft’s dedication to offering PC versions of first-party games, cross-generation support, and in some cases, timed exclusivity. But if we’re comparing Xbox against PlayStation, we’ll include what the consoles can offer over the other.
As far as what’s been confirmed, Xbox Series X will have games such as Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the sequel to Ninja Theory’s acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. While the makers of Observer and Layers of Fear, Bloober Team, are not an XGS developer, it is bringing its new game The Medium exclusively to Xbox Series X and PC. And of course, the heaviest hitter of them all, Halo Infinite, is set to launch alongside Series X and with an Xbox One version, too.
We anticipate more exclusives to be announced as we get closer to the console launch and as XGS developers get further in the development of their upcoming games. This could come as soon as July during the big Xbox 20/20 showcase, which will give us a deeper look at Halo Infinite as well.
Sony hit strong with exclusives in the PS4 era (and still is with The Last Of Us Part 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima on the way). We expect as much going into the next generation, but as of now, there isn’t much to go on specifically for the PS5. At the Game Awards 2019, Gearbox revealed Godfall, which is a PS5 and PC game set to launch by the end of the year. Counterplay, the developers behind Godfall, describe it as a third-person fantasy looter-slasher. We’re also aware of a game called Quantum Error by Teamkill Media that’s being developed for the PS4 and PS5, which appears to be a first-person horror experience. Although a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn is a fairly open secret, Guerrilla Games hasn’t confirmed any details. We’ll be sure to update this as we get closer to the PS5’s launch and learn more about its future game lineup.
The Road to PS5
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