PS5 Games – 7 Reasons To Buy A PlayStation 5 Instead Of An Xbox Series X
Next-gen gaming is just around the corner. The Xbox Series X|S releases in one week and the PlayStation 5 releases just two days later on November 12th (or November 17th in some regions).
That’s . . . really soon. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re finally at the dawn of a new console generation. It’s been seven years since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, but in some ways it still feels like yesterday.
Since then, we’ve had a “mid-cycle” update in the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. 4K gaming—or at least upscaled to 4k gaming—became a reality. Both systems received an updated design. The Xbox One, in particular, looked a lot better than the original.
But even with this update, it’s been a seven year console generation and it’s high time for something new, especially since both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will have many backward compatible games.
Neither of these systems is objectively “better” than the other (as far as we know) but each has its list of pros and cons. For the purposes of this post, we’ll look at the advantages to buying a PlayStation 5 over an Xbox Series X. Here are five.
1. The exclusives.
The number one reason to buy a PlayStation 5 is (obviously) the video games themselves. In particular, the video games you can’t play anywhere else.
Obviously, it depends on which games you’re a fan of, but overall I believe that Sony has historically had the best exclusives. That might start to change thanks to Microsoft’s buying spree—acquiring numerous developers including Skyrim maker Bethesda. All these new studios mean more and more varied content coming to Xbox Series X.
But, virtually all of this will also release on PC, typically at the same time as its Xbox release. And many Xbox Series X games will also release on Xbox One, though obviously they won’t be quite as pretty and will load more slowly.
Meanwhile, Sony has true PlayStation exclusives. Granted, some of these will also release on PS4, but very quickly we should expect all of Sony’s exclusives to transition to PS5. The launch crown jewel, meanwhile, is the Demon’s Souls remake, and it’s only coming to PlayStation 5.
Sony’s strategy does appear to be changing, however. Horizon Zero Dawn recently released on PC, as did Death Stranding. But these are, for now, exceptions to the rule. They also don’t release simultaneously on console and PC.
So if you want to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, Demon’s Souls Remake or Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart you’ll need a PlayStation 5. But if you want to play the Xbox Series X exclusives you can also play them on PC and, in some cases, with an Xbox Game Pass subscription you could skip PC and console and just hook up an Xbox gamepad to your phone. (This, by the way, is ironically also a pro in favor of Xbox as a platform).
The point is, the PS5 will have walled garden around its exclusives (some of which will also be on PS4) and that makes it more of a “must-have” system than the Series X.
2. The DualSense gamepad.
By all accounts—we haven’t had the good fortune of actually using one of these yet—the DualSense gamepad is as true next-gen controller.
The advanced haptic feedback sounds remarkable, adding real immersion to next-gen games. If you read any announcement about a game being ported to next-gen, it always highlights how cool the DualSense is and how it changes the experience. Seriously, check out both this announcement about No Man’s Sky and this one about Fortnite.
There’s no similar gushing praise, or even practical inclusion, when it comes to the new Xbox Series X gamepad. I’m sure it’s a very fine gamepad, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t sound quite as revolutionary. (I typically use Xbox controllers on PC when I’m not using a mouse and keyboard, so I’m anything but a Sony fanboy on this front. But the DualSense really does up the ante and I can’t wait to get my hands on one).
3. There’s no “Series S” PS5.
I think the Xbox Series S makes sense for gamers on a budget. I think it also has one glaring flaw: It’s going to be a bottleneck on developers. Yes, Smart Delivery makes this somewhat less of an issue, since devs can essentially create two versions of a game that run at lower resolution and graphical fidelity on the Series S, with a smaller install footprint as well. But there’s no telling how this could impact especially third-party games.
Will developers focus more on developing a one-size-fits-all solution? Some might. And that might mean that games will be developed with the lower specs in mind. This could potentially mean the Xbox Series X won’t always even take advantage of all that power. Now this is, I think, still in the realm of hypothetical. Maybe it won’t be a bottleneck at all. Then again, even game developers are warning about this and they know a thing or two about the subject.
The PS5 also has two versions, but they’re identical in every way except that one doesn’t have a disc drive. No PS5 “lite” means no worries over bottlenecking. Devs can develop to one spec instead of two.
4. The new Tempest Engine.
Alongside the DualSense controller, we’ve heard a lot about the excellent new 3D audio in the PlayStation 5. The new Tempest Audio Engine will really enhance the sound in games, creating realistic 3D audio.
The better your headset or surround sound system here, the more your shiny new PS5 will benefit your games. It’s like graphics. If you don’t have a nice TV or monitor, you won’t benefit from the top-tier graphics. But with a great screen they come to life.
The new 3D audio capabilities of the PS5 should make it the best-sounding console on the market, and your games (and other media) will sound better than ever.
5. The price (for the Digital Edition)
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X cost $499.99. The Xbox Series S is way, way cheaper at just $299.99.
But the sweet spot might just be the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition which costs just $399. Sure, that’s more than the Series S, but we’re talking about a console every bit as powerful as the regular PS5 for a hundred dollars less.
Now, this might not be an option for a lot of people, I realize. That’s because you can’t trade in your used games and buy other used games. Digital is often (ironically) more expensive because of this despite not being printed on physical media.
But for those of you who don’t care about used games to begin with, this is a great deal. (This is the version I purchased but honestly it was the only one of the two I could find. I figure I can just watch any disc-based media on the Xbox Series X).
6. The PS Plus Collection
This is a big one for any PS Plus subscribers. It basically gives you access to nearly 20 games (though this could go up in the future, they’ve already added 2) from the PS4 catalogue, from both Sony and third-party studios.
You can see the full list of games right here.
Granted, these are last-gen titles, but they’re mostly top-notch ones. And they should load faster and perform better on PS5. This is part of your PS Plus membership, so it doesn’t cost anything extra and you’ll have all of these on day one.
That’s not too shabby. It certainly makes the PS5 a more viable console in its early months when there just aren’t a ton of next-gen games out yet.
7. The custom NVME SSD storage.
There’s no doubt that the Xbox Series X has—on paper, at least—the beefier specs between the two, including more raw power.
On the other hand, the custom NVME SSD drive in the PS5 is about twice as fast as the Xbox Series X’s storage solution. Microsoft’s console also has an NVME SSD drive, but its throughput is just 2.4 GB/s compared to Sony’s 5.5 GB/s.
How this will end up impacting game performance on either system remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the PS5 just loads everything faster. We’ll have a clearer picture of what exactly that means when both systems launch next week. But we’ve heard lots of praise from developers who have worked with the PS5’s drive and it sounds incredibly fast.
8. Demon’s Souls!
Okay this is a bit of a joke since I already waxed on at length about the exclusives, but I’m just that excited about Demon’s Souls coming to PS5. I always wanted it for PS4 but this is much better. The original PS3 version is so good. Easily one of my favorite games of all time. In fact, many years ago I wrote an article arguing that it was worth it to buy a PS3 just to play FromSoftware’s original “Souls” game.
If you’ve played Dark Souls but not Demon’s Souls you’re really in for a treat. It’s just so unique and weird and moody and atmospheric and quirky and wonderful. I can’t wait.
And that’s all folks! Remember, this isn’t an argument that you absolutely 100% should buy a PS5 instead of an Xbox Series X. It’s just some reasons that I think the PS5 is the way to go. There are also some very good reasons to buy an Xbox Series X which I’ll list in a separate post. You basically can’t go wrong.
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