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Friday Debate: Is Sony losing the next-gen console war before it even begins?

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As much as I like to think that the console wars are best left in the past, I have to admit that competition between giants of the gaming industry is healthy stuff. Just look at the current generation of gaming we’ve all been a part of: Sony won it hands down with the PlayStation 4, besting Microsoft at every turn and ushering in an era where its games spoke volumes.

While Microsoft’s Xbox One kicked off its life with a Kinect 2.0 camera tethered to it like a bad tumor and Don Mattrick completely cocking up the messaging of the console, Sony forged ahead and created an ecosystem of high quality exclusive games, gambles and the best operating system a console has ever seen.

Microsoft would eventually turn things around with numerous announcements and the ballsiest of acquisitions, aiming to create not just a great console but a terrific ecosystem at the same time. On the twilight of this console generation, the Xbox One has been transformed into something fantastic. The Xbox One X still has plenty of horsepower to spare, Xbox Game Pass is a stupid amount of value for a low price, and the groundwork for the Xbox Series X has been a confident push of big reveals and transparency.

And then there’s Sony with the PS5. While I still think the console will be superb in the long run, right now it’s a device that’s playing second fiddle to the Xbox Series X. Does it have great games and studios? Absolutely, but those products are mostly a long way away from being realised. If there’s a war on, then Microsoft is winning hearts and minds by telling its audience everything it wants to know about its console: Its strengths and it weaknesses.

With the PS5 though, there’s so much that we don’t know currently about it:

  • Why are save-games locked behind a cross-gen barrier?
  • What SSD expansion options will there be?
  • How much of the 825GB hard drive space will there be to store games on?
  • Can I store PS5 games on an external hard drive?
  • Is there a Quick Resume feature like what the Xbox Series X has?
  • What does the operating system look like?
  • How long will the DualSense battery last?
  • Can I create custom button assignments like on PS4?
  • What does the create button do?
  • What sound systems will the Tempest audio technology support?
  • Is Dolby Atmos supported?

Sony’s lack of transparency has been…odd, to say the least. Maybe there’s a great console ready to rock the market, but with muddy cross-gen potential, a small library, and a very limited stock of consoles, it’s easy to see why the Xbox Series X is currently emerging as the first choice amongst gamers in these more cash-strapped times.

The first salvos have been fired, but what do you make of the latest reports from the front? Has Sony lost the first battle in the new console wars? Sound off below.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: October 2, 2020

85 Comments

  1. I’m going for the PS5 because of the PSVR. PSVR offers game experiences which cannot be experienced on a pancake screen. There’s currently no known ongoing plans to introduce VR to the Xbox platform. Star Wars Squadrons, here I come!!!

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  2. Buhle M

    October 2, 2020 at 13:29

    I’m considering a Xbox Series X despite wanting a PS5 more. This is only because I dont think there will be more stock of PS5 this holiday and as a fulltime working professional, holiday season is the only time I get to game to my hearts desire otherwise I only get several hours a week. last night I browsed the gamepass library to see what on offer and not a single game sparked ny interest (I had already played the top tier games).

    I still need more convincing to get Xbox SX. the games releasing along side haven’t touted any next gen features that my current PS4 pro cant do to some degree already.

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  3. Allykhat

    October 2, 2020 at 13:43

    Owning a PC and a PS5 is arguably the best solution. PC exclusives? Check. Steam/EGS/etc? Check. Sony Exclusives? Check. Gamepass? Check. Xbox 1st party titles? Check. Multiple input methods? Check. Sales on all 3 platforms? Check.

    I fail to see the downside here.

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  4. justlikemo

    October 2, 2020 at 10:53

    They playing we’re the big corporation giant, we don’t need to answer your silly little questions, we have produced the best now take it and go. Being arrogant and not playing open cards, could have huge negative effects if the console fails to deliver … “But look we have a new share button!”

    I personally gonna jump ship to Xbox.

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    • Banana Jim

      October 2, 2020 at 11:49

      I’d rather wait, and just from experience with Microsoft, they have a reputation of overselling features (the Peter Molyneux effect). Just remember how powerful the cloud was supposed to be with the xbone, or how amazing the new kinect was supposed to be, or for that matter how amazing the kinect was supposed to be with the xbox 360.

      I prefer Sony’s approach: no bullshit. If you don’t have anything to say yet, don’t say it. Don’t advertise features in development until they’ve come to fruition. Microsoft on the other hand will muddy the water with all sorts of PR nonsense, which will never materialise or be a shadow of itself when it’s released.

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      • Seeker

        October 2, 2020 at 11:54

        Dude I remember the whole cloud thing. I’m still waiting for it till this day.
        To be fair though that was the Don Matrick days. He sold produscts like a snake oil peddler. It must have been what he learned back when he worked for EA.

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        • Banana Jim

          October 2, 2020 at 12:12

          “It will make open world games run without loading screens, and the offsite processing will allow for more immersive gameplay”

          hehehe Microsoft…

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      • justlikemo

        October 2, 2020 at 11:54

        agreed, I’m in no position to buy either at the moment, will also wait, my thing is game pass offers much more than ps plus and I’m basing it on that alone, I’ve played all the titles from ps plus in the last 6 months and nothing wowed me except titanfall, but then you have to wait today for players to come online to play and the storyline is pretty much the same after every mission, so looking forward to this months need for speed, but lets see, cos on the other hand the titles on game pass even they may be not as out there as ps, but if you don’t like something, just install the next one, so you have options.

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        • Banana Jim

          October 2, 2020 at 12:00

          One thing that I think Microsoft has been good about is how they basically forced Sony to take PSN seriously. I’m still not happy about paying for multiplayer (granted you can play Warframe and a couple other free games without plus). But, that bit of competition really put a fire under their bottoms….

          Will Sony’s version of GamePass be as good? I don’t know.

          I’m also curious as to how sustainable it is. How much is Microsoft paying to have some of those titles on there? Is it impacting game sales on the platform and to what extent? And, if you’re a developer or a publisher, are you keen on your game being on the service, if yes, then Microsoft must be paying a pretty penny. And, if Sony follows suit, can they afford it in the long run? There’s a reason Steam noped out on a subscription model, and they’re one of the few who could afford it… Even Epic is staying far from it (and they’re being propped up by a big bag of chinese money), and that has to tell you something.

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          • Seeker

            October 2, 2020 at 12:12

            With the rising cost of games, a subscription model is the way to go. Sony needs to really compete on that level with MS to stay relevant. The game price Sony released for Europe and India are way higher than in The US. So they might loose customers for that reason.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 12:12

            Is the subscription model because of the rising cost of games or are we being slowly nudged towards something that will mean less ownership over our games and a serious death knell to the second hand market (which is the only REAL offset to a rising cost in games)

            *You don’t have to pay R1400 a game, if you can buy a used copy for a third of that price.

            I don’t know man, I just don’t trust the suits at Redmond.

          • Seeker

            October 2, 2020 at 12:29

            You are right to be concerned about giving away ownership of your games. That’s the same reason I still buy physical copies of games and only buy digital games when they are on a crazy sale because if one day your account is hacked or they decide to ban you then you loose your entire game collection.
            That to me is not worth the convenience it brings.
            But we have to acknowledge that the world is moving in a direction were people are giving up a lot for mere conveniences.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 12:44

            Same here bud, discs > downloadable code!

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 2, 2020 at 13:30

            It does depend on what you normally play, obviously any multiplayer game the disc is worthless instantly as they can just ban you anyway.

            It’s also not to hard for them to ban the disc from working in your console.

            I think whether we like it or not we don’t own games anymore, we haven’t for years

  5. Original Heretic

    October 2, 2020 at 11:12

    So far, yes.
    My mind was set on the PS5. My heart was ready! My wallet told them to wait.

    Now I’m giving some serious thought to the Xbox.

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  6. Du4098

    October 2, 2020 at 11:13

    *Clears Throat* God of War 2, Spider-Man MM, Horizon Forbidden West, Hogwarts Legacy, Demon Souls… That will be all, Thank you for coming.

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    • setzor

      October 2, 2020 at 11:29

      Hogwarts Legacy is also coming to Xbox…

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  7. Banana Jim

    October 2, 2020 at 11:19

    The real question everyone should be asking is: During another hard lockdown which one would you rather have a sexy and curvy Japanese lady (who might be a little too big for your tv unit) or her really uncomfortable looking boxy ‘Merican friend?

    https://media4.giphy.com/media/t7TrXBaCfeSGY/giphy.gif

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  8. Mabenito

    October 2, 2020 at 11:19

    I’m sticking with Sony. My game library is big.
    PS: GT, SpiderMan, GoW, TLOU, Uncharted are non-negotiable game for me.
    Xbox: I will be able to play their exclusives on PC too and they don’t have “wow” games by the way.

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    • Star wars for life!

      October 28, 2020 at 04:17

      why get an Xbox if you can play their games on PC lmao. Xbox is for poor people who can’t get a PC

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  9. Caveshen Rajman

    October 2, 2020 at 11:19

    Sony could literally do a shart and call it the PS5.2 and it would sell out in seconds, change my mind.

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  10. Banana Jim

    October 2, 2020 at 11:19

    I always remember what happened with the xbone and how Microsoft flexed its muscles and went on a media blitz (just like now), and the Japanese Stallion, just waited patiently under a waterfall.

    And then… KO!!!!

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/9KCPkAcRqU9j2/giphy.gif

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  11. setzor

    October 2, 2020 at 11:29

    Sony haven’t stuffed up as much as Microsoft did during the start of the previous gen (XBOne/PS4). That said there is no better value proposition than Xbox/PC + Game Pass currently. Unfortunately, value proposition is not how gamers decide which console they prefer. What is clear is that neither Sony nor MS have much to worry about for the current gen, both have really good hardware and some good games lined up.

    Edit: and both have some hardcore fans ready to trash-talk the other camp ?

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  12. MechMachine

    October 2, 2020 at 15:47

    It’s funny, in a world where everything has become so divisive, the idea of nuanced opinion has flown out the window, Sure Microsoft has done all the right things, they have a incredibly compelling reason to buy their product. Good for them. But the fact that we have to have this pointless debate is rather foolish. People are going to buy what people are going to buy. Simple as that. Truth be told, I don’t even know what I am going to buy until they day comes. Probably a PS5, but you never know.

    Sony has shown some substantial game-play, arguably not games that meet everyone’s tastes, but games that look incredible. Kena : Bridge of Spirits looks like a Pixar film come to life. Ratchet and Clank looks pretty damn cool and the Spider Man stuff was impressive. Where I have an issue is the lack of game-play from Microsoft leaves me in a place where I can’t make a truly informed decision. And believe it or not, In this case, I do want to do that.

    In the long term, if life permits, I will probably end up with both. I have a One X that was a waste of money because it just didn’t have any games, And I think MS have changed that now. At least I have a fairly new One X to sell to put money towards whatever console I end up buying.

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  13. Iskape

    October 2, 2020 at 11:33

    When my PC went bottoms up last year, I had to resort to the PS4 ecosystem as that was my choice of console for the current generation, and it was definitely worth every sent. This generation of PS4 exclusives has been great: GoW, Horizon, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, etc. I never bothered with the Xbox One because my PC was my primary platform for most games, and MS didn’t really have much in the way of great exclusive franchises in comparison to Sony. Now, with the next generation, I have jumped onboard with Microsoft, and have already pre-ordered my Xbox Series X through Makro (I just hope I don’t receive a message from them saying they have to refund me due to limited stock, like what’s happening with the PS5 overseas). Why did I choose them over the PS5. Surprisingly enough it has nothing to do with the Xbox being more powerful than the PS5 on paper, or because I prefer Microsoft to Sony. It was 90% on the basis of Game Pass. With the announcement soon after pre-orders opened being that basic games would be hitting R1400 or so each, and MS’s acquirement of Bethesda, I believe my choice is even more justified. To be honest, I will most probably get a PS5 in about 2 or so year’s time anyway. I still want to play their exclusives.

    TL;DR – Is Xbox leading the console war? Well, yes, but a war is a series of smaller battles, and while MS has won many battles so far, the war is far from over. The nail in Sony’s coffin will only really be if MS can topple Sony with the quality of their 1st party games. For me, that is the only thing at the moment that Sony holds sway over MS with. They have some great exclusives in the pipeline.

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    • Du4098

      October 2, 2020 at 11:49

      Game Pass does add a lot of value for sure but does that translate to cheaper prices on new releases? I’m legitimately asking because I have not had an Xbox since Halo 3 days.

      I think the addition of the Xbox Series S was a master stroke by MS. Even though I will definitely be getting the PS5 first, I am much more likely to buy both consoles this generation because of the ‘budget friendly’ option.

      Regarding the Bethesda takeover, have they announced anything yet or are there rumours of new developments? If there are no exclusives in the works that will release in the next 12 months then Sony will still maintain that upper hand at the start.

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      • Iskape

        October 2, 2020 at 11:56

        The truth is that games from non-MS studios will most probably not hit Game Pass anytime soon, if at all (But that’s not to say they won’t. During the early days of Game Pass on PC, which I joined the moment it became available, some decent 3rd party titles hit the store pretty quickly afterwards), so yeah, certain games you will still have to pay full price for unless you wish to wait for them to go on special. But there are many great games on Game Pass that I’m eager to play right now, and MS I don’t think has yet hit its stride in procuring studios or reaching agreements with external studios. So I personally believe Game Pass will get even bigger! Whether many or all Bethesda games going forward hit PS5, no one can really say yet. I doubt they would pay 7.5 billion dollars for a studio if they do not intend to gain some benefit from it and have certain Xbox/PC exclusives leaving that those studios.

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        • Du4098

          October 2, 2020 at 12:00

          I am very curious to see whether MS have the balls to make all the Bethesda games exclusive to Xbox. In my mind I agree with you that they wouldn’t spend so much on the purchase if they didn’t intend to use it to challenge the PS exclusives. On the other hand I would be interested to know how much potential revenue MS could lose if hardcore PS fans decide to give them the proverbial finger and boycott Bethesda games all together.

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          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 13:00

            I doubt it, it’ll probably be like with Minecraft (especially their interesting Minecraft Dungeons experiment) where Microsoft sold it on PS4 as well. They’re in a very interesting position where they can do multiplatforms on some properties as well.

            Why cut off that revenue stream?

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 13:30

            End of the day every big corporation wants to be the biggest, have the most properties, etc. For years Xbox exclusives or the lack thereof have been the butt of every joke and I think MS will want to show Sony and everyone else that they can also produce exclusive content at the same rate and quality as Sony. Even if it is just for the sake of proving that they can.

          • Kenn Gibson

            October 2, 2020 at 13:53

            I don’t think they will, but this is the difference. If you want to play the new MS first party game on your PS5… shell out R1400. You want to play it on your XB well you have Gamepass…. download it now!

            Also you’re going to be spending R120 a month on PS Plus anyway to play online, R149 for Gamepass Ultimate,(contains GP, Xbox live and EA Access)? It’s just not even comparable at the moment. I love my PS4, but I personally will be going Xbox for this generation. I’ll pick up a PS5 at the end of the cycle for cheaper and play all the exclusives)

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 16:52

            Yeah that’s valid. For me personally it makes no difference as I’m not a fan of Bethesda’s offerings but for fans of Fallout, Doom, etc. I hope MS will release cross platform. At least then the consumer will have the option to shell out that the R1,400.00
            I’ll probably do the exact opposite and buy the Series S closer to the end of the cycle to play Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga.

      • Umar

        October 2, 2020 at 11:54

        So that’s the thing right, new games are still going to be priced the same. If Xbox first party titles mean something to you then you’re getting that day one on Gamepass, if not then it’s going to come down to the consumer and how much those new titles mean to them. Either you wait for a price drop, hope it comes to Gamepass or spend the cash.

        Gamepass is insane value for money, but the value proposition still comes down to what the individual consumer finds important.

        As for Bethesda. No new developments, and the 2 PS5 timed exclusives from them will remain as such for now.

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        • Du4098

          October 2, 2020 at 11:56

          Okay I thought as much. My reasoning then is why should I drop 8/12k on a new console to play the same library of games available to the Xbone? For people looking to switch that could make sense I guess but to me it feels like I’d be wasting the potential of next gen by playing previous gen games. Until of course the new exclusives start coming out.

          Agreed, it really is going to come down to consumer preferences and what you find important in a console. I have no brand loyalty but I will not be able to let the new GOW go past.

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          • Umar

            October 2, 2020 at 12:00

            Yeah, which is why I’m going with the PS5. There’s no way I can give up on those games, and for many people, that’s going to be their same reasoning.

            I’m waiting to see what exclusives and the how they’re gonna release Bethesda games going forward before considering a Xbox but for me, personally, Gamepass isn’t that enticing right now.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 12:12

            Of course, the real gamer in us would have us buy both, but that would mean selling more semen and plasma to the black market, and my veins are running dry, yo!

          • Iskape

            October 2, 2020 at 12:12

            I’ve already committed to getting the PS5 later in its lifespan. The only justification I can find for getting the PS5 is their exclusives, and right now the next gen exclusives are nowhere to be seen yet obviously! By the time I get the PS5, I expect there to be many more exclusives to justify the purchase. Right now, until such time as I can afford to get my PC up and running again, I will use the Xbox Series X as my ecosystem of choice.

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 12:24

            I have never bought a new console on launch. I usually wait 6-12 months to let things settle and then I jump in. That being said, with PS5 seemingly being in low supply, I might not have a choice in any case.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 12:35

            That’s actually the best way to go about it, I’ve mentioned it so many times, the first generation of consoles (fresh on launch day) are always riddled with issues, whether it’s serious problems like out-of-the-box bricked systems to weird design flaws to software issues…etc. Those are always highlighted soon after a console is released, and it’s rare that a console is launched without some issue. Waiting a bit for the second or third design or a revised model is probably the smartest thing to do.

            To pay a premium for a console and then to beta test it for these companies has to be peak-simp.

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 12:12

            I hear the illegal cigarettes trade is quite lucrative. All you need to do is instigate a world wide pandemic and you’re golden.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 12:24

            I can already see it,

            it’s 2022, the dawn of the 4th great pandemic, and I’m outside in my Pikachu onesie, next to a car with its boot open…

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 12:29

            Siya Kolisi is now the President of the United Republic of Southern Africa and Jerusalema has been made the National Anthem. The Stormers still haven’t won anything of note. This is the Way…

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 14:46

            The Stormers are now used to work in the mines of Jozzie as punishment. All of South Africa rejoice….

          • Du4098

            October 2, 2020 at 14:46

            Even working in the mines they still can’t seem to find any gold.

          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 14:46

            And they never will… It’s the butter fingers….

  14. Seeker

    October 2, 2020 at 11:54

    The problem I have with Sony this days is that the PS division is now run by the Americans. Which is infested with SJWs. That’s why games on PS are more censored than Nintendo ones. They are now even making it hard for anime style games to be published one the platform. That’s why the Japs are now starting to embrace Xbox and the Series X pre-orders sold out so quickly there.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      October 2, 2020 at 13:29

      You’re going to be horrified when you find out who runs Xbox

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      • Allykhat

        October 2, 2020 at 13:43

        LOL!

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    • MechMachine

      October 2, 2020 at 16:13

      Companies tend to follow trends in the market.

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    • Banana Jim

      October 2, 2020 at 12:29

      Yeah, the last bit of censorship really pissed me off. It really left me just screaming “Just translate the game, you fools. I don’t want to hear about your made-up pronouns, your views of the world or any of that…. Just translate the game, leave it as such”

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    • CodeDisQus

      October 2, 2020 at 22:34

      LOL, this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve read all week….well done!

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  15. Hamsterjie ZA

    October 2, 2020 at 11:56

    I feel I need to own both consoles for this generation, Sony for exclusives, xbox for everything else. I decided to get the Series X first because the Sony exclusives are mostly single player games so playing them later doesnt change how great they are. Gamepass library keeps me very busy so from a cost perspective is an easy choice. I would love if Microsoft could finally release some exclusives that match the caliber and quantity of Sony.

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  16. Jac7

    October 2, 2020 at 12:12

    For me it’s just personal preference. I just like Sony and it’s exclusives. Yes, Halo and Gears was always something I enjoyed, but Sony just has spunk.

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  17. BradeLunner

    October 2, 2020 at 12:44

    I’m gonna get the PS5, cause exclusives. However I really like that Xbox tries to innovate rather than incremental and expected improvements like Sony does, so hope to support MS later down the line. That Forza fomo is real

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  18. Peder Aas

    October 2, 2020 at 13:00

    I’m going for the PS5 because of the PSVR. PSVR offers game experiences which cannot be experienced on a pancake screen. There’s currently no known ongoing plans to introduce VR to the Xbox platform. Star Wars Squadrons, here I come!!!

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  19. Buhle M

    October 2, 2020 at 13:29

    I’m considering a Xbox Series X despite wanting a PS5 more. This is only because I dont think there will be more stock of PS5 this holiday and as a fulltime working professional, holiday season is the only time I get to game to my hearts desire otherwise I only get several hours a week. last night I browsed the gamepass library to see what on offer and not a single game sparked ny interest (I had already played the top tier games).

    I still need more convincing to get Xbox SX. the games releasing along side haven’t touted any next gen features that my current PS4 pro cant do to some degree already.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      October 2, 2020 at 13:29

      I can’t see a reason to get the PS5 (or Xbox Series X) at the moment when the Xbox Series S does everything except 4k gaming and the first year of 4k games are probably going to be disappointing.

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      • Buhle M

        October 2, 2020 at 13:52

        I considered the Series S but since new games are going to be around R1400. I cant go digital I want/need some money back after exhausting the game or at least subsidise my next purchase.

        Im all about those frames and raytracing now. I got the 4k experience this gen

        but you are totally right. prepare for some disappointment.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          October 2, 2020 at 13:53

          Do you really get anything back from reselling games anymore?

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          • Banana Jim

            October 2, 2020 at 14:14

            Depends, if you’re on any of the local gaming facebook groups, there’s two parts to it, one is just selling a game.

            And depending on the game you can make a decent amount back, and sometimes if you’re selling to a collector you can make a decent amount of profit too. I sold one of my old PSOne games to a collector a few months ago for about R600 (I could have probably made a lot more if I sold it on amazon). They desperately wanted it. Mostly of course, you’re just selling older games to clear space, rather than for profit.

            The other part of it, and the more popular (from my experience) is just trading games. So trading one title for another.

            You can’t do that with gamepass.

          • Milesh Bhana

            October 3, 2020 at 10:24

            For Switch, yes.

            Xbox not so much.

            I still pass games between friends, so disc is handy

      • Kenn Gibson

        October 2, 2020 at 13:53

        Exaclty, I agree. I don’t have the 4k TV right now so that also plays into the decision. Upgrade to the X when I get the 4k TV in my old age….

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  20. Morne Nell

    October 2, 2020 at 13:30

    Is Sony losing the next-gen console war before it even begins? Well lets see, Ps5 sold out world wide in record time. There is still xbox consoles available everywhere. So no, not at the start.

    I do predict a closer battle at the end…

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  21. Allykhat

    October 2, 2020 at 13:43

    Owning a PC and a PS5 is arguably the best solution. PC exclusives? Check. Steam/EGS/etc? Check. Sony Exclusives? Check. Gamepass? Check. Xbox 1st party titles? Check. Multiple input methods? Check. Sales on all 3 platforms? Check.

    I fail to see the downside here.

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    • setzor

      October 2, 2020 at 14:47

      Agreed. The Sony exclusives are great games. For me personally though it’s 2 (not cheap) devices as the downside. I’m going Xbox for Game Pass and backwards compatibility. Already have quite a few Xbox One and 360 games.

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    • setzor

      October 2, 2020 at 14:47

      Agreed. The Sony exclusives are great games. For me personally though it’s 2 (not cheap) devices as the downside. I’m going Xbox for Game Pass and backwards compatibility. Already have quite a few Xbox One and 360 games.

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  22. Buhle M

    October 2, 2020 at 13:43

    when you dont care or know much about the specs…

    PS5 marketing:
    Spiderman has 4k 60fps raytracing
    demon souls 1440p 60fps raytracing
    Black ops sameish
    and more in 2021
    don’t forget the new experience of adaptive triggers and haptic feedback (astros playroom shows off what it does)

    Xbox marketing:
    heres some older games you can play for cheap. (they load faster)
    Assassin’s Creed and watchdogs, 60fps??? raytracing??? next gen???

    Ms: More next gen games coming
    Me: when?
    MS ….

    … obviously I’m exaggerating, have left a lot out and being cheeky and have PS bias. but Im not too far off. I want to want a Xbox but its hard man.

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  23. For the Emperor!

    October 2, 2020 at 21:01

    First salvo: I will give this to XBox. Still not getting me into it just yet, but if PS5 does not come out swinging in the new year*, I will be going Team Green again.

    *Just paid 21k for car parts yesterday, making it around 70k for the year. Man, Rotary Engines get expensive over time! Also, CRUNCH (aka pre-Millenials normal working arrangements) are coming again so yeah, less distractions needed.

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  24. Lee Clarke

    October 2, 2020 at 20:08

    You just know author of this article is from PE… eish… Its like the DEEP DIVE all over again…They didnt say it was a reveal and everyone compains when they didnt reveal jack…

    Dear Editor in chief these questions and so much more are mostly answered in Cerneys Deep Dive…

    Why are save-games locked behind a cross-gen barrier?

    Answer:
    ….UUUURRRRGGGG…its up to the developers hence 1st party commisions like Spiderman will carry over saves and 3rd party like Control….Dont!!!!

    What SSD expansion options will there be?

    Answer:…Dear God , if you watched the DEEP DIVE… that everyone thought was the reveal…ASA.. you would have known that its NVMe SSD Cards… Cerny and Sony expect PCIe 4.0 SSDs capable of speeds of up to 7GB/s to be readily available by the end of the year.

    How much of the 825GB hard drive space will there be to store games on?

    Answer:…
    All of it numb nuts…The OS takes up the initial 175gb of space on the 1tb drive with the remaining 825 for game and app installs…
    similar to PS4 which used around 93gb for its OS…

    Can I store PS5 games on an external hard drive?

    Answer…
    Jeezus this guy…

    Is there a Quick Resume feature like what the Xbox Series X has?

    Answer…
    Same/ Similar… hardware same features or are you just a special kinda snowflake that belives if you do the same thing over and over again you will get a different result….oooh thats sounds like the definition of insanity doesnt it…lol

    What does the operating system look like?

    Answer…
    Was shown briefly at the launch… did you not see that either.

    How long will the DualSense battery last?

    Answer…
    1,560 mAh battery. That’s nearly twice the battery size of the original DualShock 4 controller, which has an 800 mAh battery…so i guess twice as long

    Can I create custom button assignments like on PS4?

    Answer…
    Was it popular then I guess its gonna carry over…come on dude I wanna know about new features not nostalgia

    What does the create button do?

    Answer…
    Come on dude get ”Creative”

    What sound systems will the Tempest audio technology support?
    Is Dolby Atmos supported?

    IN a nut shell editor in chief…do some research and stop posting clickbait…you only make yourself look like a weird sounding quadroped…

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    • OddSockZA

      October 4, 2020 at 13:21

      FYI: Looks like 664GB of usable space on the 825GB SSD

      Reply

  25. For the Emperor!

    October 2, 2020 at 21:01

    First salvo: I will give this to XBox. Still not getting me into it just yet, but if PS5 does not come out swinging in the new year*, I will be going Team Green again.

    *Just paid 21k for car parts yesterday, making it around 70k for the year. Man, Rotary Engines get expensive over time! Also, CRUNCH (aka pre-Millenials normal working arrangements) are coming again so yeah, less distractions needed.

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  26. Milesh Bhana

    October 3, 2020 at 10:17

    Majority of my friends here are PS4 owners.

    Despite the recent news of Game Pass with EA and Bethesda and the insanely cheap subscription, they will not consider switching to Xbox.

    And I’m in Australia, we have All Access. It’s really affordable to get a Series S/X.

    That is how well the PS brand is regarded.

    I really don’t know how much more MS needs to spend to get people to buy in. It’s really fascinating to watch.

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  27. Aussious

    October 3, 2020 at 18:13

    The greatest thing to happen to Xbox since Seamus Blackely! Xbox and all Gamers alike awe Phil Spencer a great deal of gratitude!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f0c8c5da9cbb5d6b7f04135585a66edc1d4baf6aa8a1fb3ebc4219b111db478.jpg

    Reply

  28. Star wars for life!

    October 28, 2020 at 04:17

    PS5 for the win bro!!! Xbox has got nothing on us real gamers ?

    Reply

  29. Wilhelm van Zyl

    October 29, 2020 at 14:39

    Think xbox is making all the right moves, if Sony doesn’t offer something similar to gamepass soon they will loose a lot of market share. I love how MS is OK with taking xbox owners along for the ride, not forcing them to upgrade. I’m a Sony fan, but they seem to be very stubborn / greedy / cocky at this point in time

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