The new face to face between the PlayStation 5 (Sony) and the Xbox Series X (Microsoft) starts on November 10 with well-studied strategies in terms of prices, technical characteristics and exclusive games catalog.
With your new console and associated suite of services, Microsoft hopes to get revenge on Sony, which sold twice as many PlayStation 4s as Xbox One, since their respective releases in 2013.
This is the comparison between the two 2020 edition consoles:
1 / DATE: Microsoft launches first
Microsoft, which was the first to unveil its console, will also be the First to release Xbox Series X on November 10. The commissions began on September 22.
The two versions of the Sony PS5, who made his announcement ten days later, will be on sale November 12 in Australia, North America, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and Mexico. In the rest the world will be available on November 19th.
The orders point to record launch. Sony plans to sell 7.6 million game consoles by the end of March, improving the results of its PS4.
2 / PRICE: “Premium” and “digital” version
Two versions to satisfy all budgets and new uses: Sony will propose a ‘premium’ model that will cost 499 euros ($ 585), while a ‘digital’ edition, intended for online games, will be sold for 399 euros ($ 468).
Microsoft makes a similar bet with a ‘premium’ version to same price as its Japanese competitor, but being more aggressive in its ‘mini’ version with a price of 299 euros (350 dollars).
“Sony, with its most basic console, allows itself to have a price above Microsoft’s. It is the market leader, it can afford it,” he stressed to the agency France Press Laurent Michaud, analyst specialized in the video game sector.
“It would have been interesting for Microsoft to push the pricing strategy to be a bit below the high end,” he added.
3 / DESIGN: futuristic or sober?
In terms of design, manufacturers have chosen two different approaches.
The Sony’s PS5 is tall and thin, V-shaped and a cladding White on black with a subtle bluish flash that gives you a futuristic air.
The same happens with his command, which has also seen its historical appearance greatly modified.
The Xbox stayed more sober and classic with a black tower, with a very discreet logo and a faithful control to the old generation.
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— Xbox (@Xbox) October 28, 2020
4 / FEATURES: Xbox more powerful
“The fastest and most powerful Xbox ever conceived”. On your site web, the American brand does not deprive itself of proclaiming in large letters and numbers the technical characteristics of its future console. With a graphics processor with a power of 12 teraflops, vs. 10.3 on the PS5, the X Series offers superior computing power than its competitor.
Although in other areas, especially in terms of memory and storage capacity, both consoles are similar.
“Is it processor power at stake?” Wonders Laurent Michaud. “The more the player base widens, the less power counts. Kids don’t take that into account when they play FortniteWhat they value is the gaming experience. “
5 / GAMES: Sony promises an unpublished catalog
Sony hit hard by revealing a selection of titles that will accompany the launch of the PS5, such as the action game ‘Spider Man: Miles Morales‘.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 28, 2020
Fans will have to wait a bit for ‘Final Fantasy XVI‘, the last installment of this famous series, which will only be available for the PS5.
Microsoft I expected ‘Halo Infinite’ would help catapult the launch of the Xbox Series X, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed its sale until 2021.
Regarding compatibility, only PS4 games will work on PS5, while all games released for Xbox from the brand’s first console will be compatible with the new console.