PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X: Who’s Winning This Time?

PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X is such an interesting battle, so I'll take a deeper look at how the two console giants are shaping up. Both have extremely different approaches to the next generation of video games: Does Xbox have an answer to Sony's exclusives? Can Sony contend with the affordability of Game Pass? Let's find out!

PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X: Who's Winning This Time?PlayStation 5 pitted against the Xbox Series X/S is going to be fascinating, and maybe just straight-up weird.

PlayStation has comprehensively won the ‘battle’ twice in terms of sales. Both the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 4 destroyed the Xbox counterparts. However, some may say it is hard to predict how this upcoming duel is going to pan out.

Microsoft is going for a completely different approach to Sony when it comes to accessibility and game libraries. While Sony is persisting with $60-$70 AAA releases around every corner, Microsoft instead wants players to enjoy their titles on their Netflix-style Game Pass. They’re also giving players plenty of options, with Game Pass being available on PC, and the Series S is a great entry point at $299 USD.

Yes, Sony’s messaging about “believing in generations” is confusing when Horizon: Forbidden West is also releasing on PS4, but ultimately they are content with completely shifting to the next generation. Games like Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Demons Souls, both prove Sony’s commitment to giving us phenomenal AAA games time and time again.

At the end of the day, despite their conflicting approaches to the next generation, only one can be the top dog. So who is best poised to do that this time? Let’s dive in.

The Games

PlayStation 5 Showcase - Closing Sizzle

Games are, without a doubt, the single most important area of a console. But once again, Sony is set to dominate just like the last generation, with one exception.

Xbox just does not have the guaranteed hits, both in sales and critical acclaim, that PlayStation does. Sony Santa Monica (God of War), Insomniac (Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart), and of course, Naughty Dog (The Last of Us, Uncharted) are just a few studios that produce incredible titles every time.

But this all changed with Xbox’s acquisition of Bethesda, in a record-setting deal.

While it is unclear how many of Bethesda’s games will be exclusive, such as sequels to Doom and Wolfenstein, it is still a huge power move. Especially when you consider that it is highly likely all of their games will be coming to Game Pass on day 1. With that said, it is probably too early to say how much this could help Microsoft when exclusivity deals are still unconfirmed.

Microsoft purchased Bethesda earlier this year

Microsoft purchased Bethesda earlier this year

Sony are also committed to producing single-player, story-based games, while Microsoft appears focused on attracting fans of multiplayer with Halo: Infinite and Sea of Thieves among their own big titles. But I’m sure Bethesda’s games will fill that single-player gap in Xbox’s library quite well.

Their launch lineups may both be disappointing, but Sony is still the clear winner. Even if some first-party games are releasing on PS4, like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, they are still set to be great titles best played on new hardware. Demons’ Souls alone completely eclipses anything that Xbox is dishing up on launch day. The Medium is the best looking Xbox title for the launch window, but it dwarves in comparison to the PlayStation 5’s blockbusters. And don’t get me started on God of War: Ragnarok.

Sony gets the point from me here.

Perception and Showcases

Phil Spencer on stage during a previous Xbox showcase

Phil Spencer on stage during a previous Xbox showcase

Perception is absolutely crucial when a new console is about to drop, and it’s one area where Microsoft has really strengthened in recent times, thanks in large part to Phil Spencer.

Microsoft has been consistently making good moves ever since the Xbox One’s utter failure of a reveal event. They lead the way with Game Pass and Backwards Compatibility being far more robust than Sony.

But PlayStation 5’s showcases have been so, so much better it is once again not even close.

The first PlayStation 5 event was stellar, with surprise AAA reveals and some great looking indies. Shocking social media with a reveal of the console itself was also genius. The second may have been even better, again having great surprises with a God of War: Ragnarok tease and a reveal of Hogwart’s Legacy. The presentations are also incredibly slick. They ooze professionalism and a high budget.

PS5 gameplay and hardware showcase in 10 minutes

Xbox just can’t seem to get this part of their launch right. Their third party showcase had a strangely poor quality like the whole thing was edited on Zoom. Then, their big headlining game for their next showcase, Halo Infinite, failed to impress most viewers. It was subject to more memes than amazement.

While it is really disappointing that Sony isn’t providing some sort of PS3 backward compatibility, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X had poor pre-order systems. PS5’s dropped randomly across each retailer around the world, and Xbox’s had a set time, but both were subject to huge botting and bad website infrastructure. You know its bad when even former PlayStation VP Adam Boyes couldn’t snag a pre-order.

So while Sony gets the nod from me in terms of showcases, Xbox has really impressed me with how consumer-friendly they continue to be.

Final Verdict

This is definitely going to be the most interesting duel between the pair of video game giants. If I had to bet, I would say that the PlayStation 5 will still win. The over 50 million sales gap between the PS4 and Xbox One will just be too big to fill in just one generation.

But Xbox Series X|S is still poised to do well. They are absolutely committed to making Xbox Game Pass an incredible library for any gamer, and perhaps one that can one day be as much of a household name as Netflix. Even if they don’t reach the heights of PlayStation’s first-party studios, there is great hope within the industry that The Initiative’s rumoured ‘AAAA’ Perfect Dark reboot and Playground Game’s Fable reboot can both be great.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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garchfield

damn, xbox fanboys are always crying, they are so pathetic, unless you completely praise their company and shit on everything that sony does they are not pleased and will say that you are biased, incredible

Bon

The series x has the
-Most powerful console
-Huge Backwards Compatibility
-HDR upgrades to old games
-Most affordable console
-Xbox GamePass
-Most 1st party studios
-Most exclusives (RPG exclusives)
-More Open to PC Gamers
-Dobly Vision support
-Xbox Anywhere program (PC + Xbox = 1 price for both versions)
your the fanboy bashing on Xbox cry

Harry Haramalis

er…just a few points…
It has no exclusives, it’s a running joke, Halo infinite was it’s only launch exclusive and that’s now of the table.

The back catalogue is almost entirely cross party games, most which have been replaced by sequels which are almost identical or remasters, or both. (I would very much like to play the mgs back catalogue , so I agree that this is somethign sony needs to work on) but microsoft has basically nothing to offer in this department except “Fable” which hasn’t aged well at all. What else is there? Halo 1,2,3,.5,4,4.5, Gears 1,2,3?

Bon

See you are lying again your just bashing and spreading lies? No exclusives Microsoft exclusives Xbox ecosystem they are still exclusives lol.
HALO
Fable
Forza Motorsport
Forza Horizon
Gears
FALLOUT
Elder Scrolls
DOOM
HELLBLADE
Flight Simulator
Wolfenstein
Outerworlds
AGE OF EMPIRES
Starfield
Perfect Dark
Ori
Rage
PREY
Avowed
Minecraft
Sea Of Thieves
Banjo
Everwild
State Of Decay
Grounded
Psychonauts
see Microsoft exclusives dude pc and Xbox lol.

Mike

Your a joke bro keep lying to people he literally shoed exclusives and fanboys like you try so hard to lie about it. Its funny bruh. If you don’t know what Microsoft exclusives or the Xbox ecosystem lol.

Harry Haramalis

Exclusive means…well, literally what the word means, but in this context “not available on any other system” Quake – pc HALO – pc – infinite is an exclusive Fable – pc Forza Motorsport – pc Forza Horizon – pc Gears – pc FALLOUT – pc, ps Elder Scrolls – pc, ps, switch DOOM – pc, ps, switch HELLBLADE – pc, ps, switch Flight Simulator – pc Wolfenstein – pc, ps, switch Outerworlds – pc, ps, switch AGE OF EMPIRES – pc, ps2 actually, little trivia there Starfield -“bethesda again…so everything that runs on electicty? Perfect Dark – EXCLUSIVE..we’e at 2… Read more »

Mike

Dude omg… Bro its the Xbox ecosystem exclusives are not gonna only be on one console lol all the exclusives I named are they on Playstation?? No its not Microsoft exclusives are pc and Xbox what are you on about lol.

Mike

Dude your lying so bad Microsoft exclusives are on pc and Xbox thats the Xbox ecosystem. Ori isn’t on ps4 doom won’t come to the ps5 nethier starfield your making big excuses right now fam.most of the games I put are not coming to ps5. The new age of empires NOPE. Do your research.

Mike

Microsoft exclusives: – Halo Infinite (One/Series X|S/PC) – Hellblade 2 (Series X|S/PC) – Flight Simulator (One/Series X|S/PC) – Forza Motorsport (Series X|S/PC) – Avowed (Series X|S/PC) – Fable (Series X|S/PC) – Everwild (Series X|S/PC) – The Gunk (Series X|S/PC) – Gears Tactics (One/Series X|S/PC) – State of Decay 3 (Series X|S/PC) – Exomecha (Series X|S/PC) – Project Mara (Series X|S/PC) – Grounded (One/Series X|S/PC) – Scorn (Series X|S/PC) – As Dusk Falls (Series X|S/PC) – Call of the Sea (Series X|S/PC) – Second Extinction (Series X|S/PC) – ?CrossfireX (One/Series X|S/PC)? – Martha Is Dead (Series X|S/PC) – Echo Generation (One/Series… Read more »

Garfield

Wow, you just made yourself look as dumb as you claim Xbox fans to be. Great contribution.

Bon

I’m not doing this console war bs. But your just trashing Xbox users for no reason like you know them all. PlayStation fanboys make arguments even worse. The point is Microsoft or Sony is not gonna care about you at all. So please don’t make fans look bad. And go to Twitter you will see how toxic these fanboys are like the console you want man.

CyberSpero

Console wars don’t exist, and it’s not appropriate as games media to fuel that. PS uses antiquated tried but true methods of putting out quality exclusives. Xbox is gearing up for the future vs Amazon and Google. Neither console cares about ‘winning’ a made up war. This article is also flagrantly malinformative. Your section on ‘Perception’ completely misses the mark. Sony has been entangled in a web of misinformation over cross-generation titles and the price of their first-party games. Likewise, they haven’t shown very much information regarding the system or their controller; whereas Xbox has been completely open about EVERYTHING.… Read more »

Harry Haramalis

“PS uses antiquated tried but true methods of putting out quality exclusives. Xbox is gearing up for the future vs Amazon and Google.” & “whereas Xbox has been completely open about EVERYTHING. General perception in the gaming community seems to favor the Xbox as of now.” Sounds like an ardent Xbox fanboy, I on the the otherhand am PS all the way, for far more logical reason: Th hardware may as well be the same, the ssds the same (and if you look at the “generation defining” load speeds..you’ll be dissapointed). S if you’ve got 2 consoles offering the exact… Read more »

Bon

Your so biased “I’m with ps all the way” sounds like a fanboy to me ngl.The load times are way quicker your speaking a load of BS.
Quake
HALO
Fable
Forza Motorsport
Forza Horizon
Gears
FALLOUT
Elder Scrolls
DOOM
HELLBLADE
Flight Simulator
Wolfenstein
Outerworlds
AGE OF EMPIRES
Starfield
Perfect Dark
Ori
Rage
PREY
Avowed
Minecraft
Sea Of Thieves
Banjo
Everwild
State Of Decay
Grounded
Psychonauts
DISHONORED
just stop dude we have exclusives with your biased arguments

Harry Haramalis

I don’t think you know what exclusive means….

Bon

Wdym microsoft Exclusives Xbox ecosystem?? Thats their plan lol.

Harry Haramalis

Exclusive means…well, literally what the word means, but in this context “not available on any other system” Quake – pc HALO – pc – infinite is an exclusive Fable – pc Forza Motorsport – pc Forza Horizon – pc Gears – pc FALLOUT – pc, ps Elder Scrolls – pc, ps, switch DOOM – pc, ps, switch HELLBLADE – pc, ps, switch Flight Simulator – pc Wolfenstein – pc, ps, switch Outerworlds – pc, ps, switch AGE OF EMPIRES – pc, ps2 actually, little trivia there Starfield -“bethesda again…so everything that runs on electicty? Perfect Dark – EXCLUSIVE..we’e at 2… Read more »

Mike

The fact that you lied about most of them is sad ori is not on ps4 your a hypocrite too your saying halo infinite is a exclusive because its on PC but yet none of the games I named are coming on the ps5. Doom isn’t going on doom eternal isn’t either why do you fanboys have to lie. Your proving my point that you don’t know what Microsoft exclusives are and BTW star field is not coming on ps5 either do your research.

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