The Battle of the Consoles: PS5 or Xbox?

Jackson Gordon ’22
Science & Tech Editor

The battle of the consoles is upon us. What to choose: the PS5 or one of the new Xboxes?

Both Microsoft and Sony are releasing new “next-generation” consoles in 2020. These consoles are already causing a stir with people who do not know which to choose.

While for some this choice may be quick and simple, for others it may be a difficult task. The PS5 and Xbox Series S and X are all similar consoles, but each has its own purpose. The first decision is whether you want to support Microsoft or Sony. Sony has many great exclusive titles: God of War, Uncharted, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us, to name a few.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has Xbox Game Pass, a monthly game subscription service. If you have played many of these Sony exclusives before and know that you love them, then go with the PS, but if you think that you will not play any of these exclusives then you should definitely go with Microsoft.

The Xbox Series X (left) and Play Station 5

The Xbox is more powerful and is cheaper, for the budget gamers. If you choose Sony, you now have to choose if you want to spend the extra money for the disk drive.

While it may seem like the digital version is a better deal, buying the console with the disk drive will save you in the long run. Often game disks go on sale when their digital counterparts are still full price. Using disks also saves you the hassle of having to download a game on slow internet speeds and having to buy an external storage device in the future.

Now, if you have chosen Microsoft as your company of choice, you have to choose between the low-budget Series S or the fully featured Series X. The Series X is more powerful than the Series S and includes a disk drive. While the Series S may seem like the way to go, the Series X will last longer because of its more powerful hardware, and it will save you money in the long run.

Why this might seem like a simple decision, it still may not be. Before buying any of these consoles, make sure to do your research and choose the one that best fits your needs.

Photo Credit: Sony and Microsoft

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