PS5 and XBOX Series X Review

PS5 and XBOX Series X Review

Griffin Tunison  and Cooper Woest

The console war between Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox has entered a new age following the release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, the first of the next generation consoles. Both systems display the best graphics and gameplay presentation to date and are currently the most advanced gaming system on the market. These highly sought-after platforms are nearly unavailable as retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Game Stop continue to sell out in under a minute. While both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have their benefits, the Xbox Series X and its groundbreaking features have turned heads causing PlayStation loyalists to consider the switch to their former gaming nemesis. 

The introduction of the PlayStation 5 has brought a lot of controversy into the gaming world. Sony wasn’t prepared for the unprecedented high demand that the new console created as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, so supply has been very limited. Playstation users who have been waiting for this console for seven years are certainly disappointed with the lack of availability of  Sony’s new product. As the Holiday season approaches, Sony will look to restock the PS5 so that it can become the hottest gift in time for the holidays.

The hype regarding new consoles is always highly focused on the new features and technological advances that are present on the new console. The PlayStation 5 provides users with a brand-new controller featuring adaptive triggers as well as a large day one exclusive day one game lineup. The new console is much larger than previous ones, and even has a stand that it sits on. Loyal PlayStation users can transfer their downloaded games from the PS4 onto the PS5, saving users a lot of money potentially. The PlayStation is highlighted by its fast-loading time and next level graphics. The PlayStation 5 has seemed to be a good start to the next generation of gaming consoles, as long as more people are able to experience the innovations firsthand.

The Xbox Series X, in comparison to its counterpart from Sony, is the first Microsoft gaming console to feature a 4K/60frames per second experience. This upgrade from the 4K/30fps framerate in place prior to the next-gen console increases the quality of a game’s graphics as well as the fluidity of overall gameplay. The biggest benefit of the innovative display will decrease lag and essentially provide for the smoothest video in gaming. As a result of the 4K/60fps, players in first person shooter games, such as Call of Duty, will be able to aim and move with very little resistance, resulting in a higher performance in their games.

In addition to improved graphics, the Xbox Series X addresses one of the central concerns of all gamers: download speed. Gamers expect to play as quickly as possible and not stare at a loading screen for what occasionally feels like an eternity. 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 by Rockstar Games was nearly perfect except for its agonizingly long download time between the main menu and actual gameplay. The Xbox Series X has been able to cut that time down to just over one minute. This is extremely advantageous for Microsoft because they currently hold an edge over Sony in download speed and will eventually see a rise in new Xbox Players as a result. 

In terms of storage, the Xbox Series X holds a sizeable 1 Terabyte of total storage over the PlayStation 5’s 825 Gigabytes. This could influence gamers to prefer Xbox because they would be able purchase more games without having to delete as many others that they would have had to in the past. 

 The next generation of gaming is highly anticipated and with the release of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Cyberpunk 2077, users will be able to see what console gives them the best visuals and the best gameplay.  With this, they may possibly decide a winner of the gaming grudge match.