Sony and Microsoft are in a game console rematch with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launching next week with well-studied playbooks with dates, specs, and games to attract buyers.
Microsoft hopes the Xbox Series X will help bridge the gap with Sony, which has sold twice as many PlayStation 4 consoles as Microsoft has sold its Xbox One since selling both Xbox One consoles.
Here is a comparison of the two consoles:
Date: Microsoft starts first
Microsoft is the first to introduce its new console. It will also be the first to hit shelves with the Xbox Series X, which hits stores on November 10th.
Sony shakes the release of the PS5. It will be available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea on November 12th. After November 19th, consumers in the rest of the world will be able to purchase it.
Pre-orders indicate a record start. Sony expects to sell 7.6 million PS5 consoles by the end of March, outperforming the PS4.
Price: Premium and Digital Edition
With advances in technology and faster networks, Microsoft and Sony can offer consoles to gamers with different budgets.
Sony offers a premium version of the PS5 with internal storage and 4K resolution via an Ultra HD Blu-ray player for 499 euros (approx. 42,900 Rs.) And a digital version for online games for 399 euros (approx. 34,900 Rs .) At. The PlayStation 5 comes in India for Rs. 49,990 while the PS5 Digital Edition will be available for Rs. 39,990.
Microsoft offers the premium version of its Xbox Series X at the same price as the PS5, but rates the digital version more aggressively at 299 euros (approx. 26,200 rupees). The Xbox Series X is priced at Rs. 49,990 and the Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990 in India.
“With its entry-level model, Sony allows itself a price that is higher than that of Microsoft. As the market leader, it can allow itself,” said gaming analyst Laurent Michaud to AFP.
“It would have been interesting for Microsoft to advance its pricing strategy in such a way that it is a little lower in the upper range,” said Michaud.
Design: from futurist to contemporary
The companies have taken radically different approaches to design.
Sony’s PS5 is big and sleek, with a V-shaped white exterior on black and subtle blue lighting for a futuristic style that some wouldn’t consider out of place on a Star Wars set.
The controller maintains the white-on-black look in a radical departure from previous incarnations.
With sober black and a discreet logo, Xbox sticks to a black tower and controller that remains aesthetically true to previous generations.
Technical data: Xbox feels the power
For the Xbox design team, the product is “the fastest, most powerful console ever”. The company’s website encourages fans to come in, get started, and “make your dreams come true”.
The kit, which has potential 8K video capabilities, has a 12 teraflop graphics processor compared to 10.3 for the PS5 and superior computing performance overall.
In terms of storage, the two consoles are roughly equal.
For Michaud, however, the battle for computing power goes wrong.
“The more you expand the player base, the less performance is a criterion. Kids can’t care less about performance when playing Fortnite. What matters is the gaming experience,” he said.
Sony all on catalog Big Hitter
When it comes to exclusive titles, Sony made a top picks as it launched, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Fans will have to wait a while for Final Fantasy XVI, the last in the acclaimed series, but it will be exclusive to the PS5.
Microsoft had been hoping Halo Infinite would increase sales when the Xbox Series X launches, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the game’s release until 2021.
But the software giant has broken into its piggy bank to improve the Xbox catalog. Bethesda Softworks, publisher of popular games The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, has raised $ 7.5 billion (rupees 55,223 million).
When it comes to the thorny old compatibility issue, Xbox Series X buyers can play games written for all previous consoles.
PS5 buyers should be able to play games written for PS4, but not previous computers.
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