Playstation vs Xbox

29-Sep-20




November 10th & 19th. Two dates etched into the minds of gamers everywhere.

After what seems like an eternity, 5th generation consoles are being released to the public, with Microsoft and Sony once again keeping the ancient debate alive – PlayStation or Xbox?

Although I’m no tech expert, I wanted to shed some light on my thoughts from an ‘average consumer’ point of view - I play regularly but am by no means a hardcore, dedicated gamer. 

So, let’s get into it…

Sony’s new hardware comes in the form of the PS5 and PS5 Digital edition, with the differences between the two consoles being rather slim. The ‘full fat’ PS5 will come with a disc drive for PS5 and PS4 games, DVDs, and 4K UHD Blu-ray movies – with the PS5 Digital edition lacking a disc drive and therefore being slightly cheaper. 

Microsoft’s releases are slightly different, with the company releasing 2 versions of its Xbox, the Series X and Series S. The Series X is the whole hog, with similar internal stats to the PS5 but with a chunkier more minimalist design. However, the digital version (Series S) comes in at a much lower price and unlike Sony’s disc free version, lower performance. 

So, in keeping with the way things are going nowadays, 5th Generation consoles seem to be all about the start of the digital migration. This begs the question; will consumers move with the digital times and let go of physical copy games, or will they choose to pay a little extra for the benefit of selling/buying 2nd hand games down the line?

As an Xbox gamer myself, I will be making the move over to the PS5 for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I want a change – I’ve been an Xbox owner for over 15 years, and I feel like it’s time to try a new system. Secondly, there are a couple of PlayStation exclusive titles that I’ve always been slightly bitter about missing out on (God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part 2 etc.).

I have, like many others, always loved the ergonomics or the Xbox controller; and am hoping that Sony’s DualSense controller will cut the mustard (not sorry for the pun). The promises of a chunkier shape and haptic feedback give me confidence that it will…

In summary, regardless of which console you choose, you’ll be in safe hands. There are minimal differences between the consoles in terms of performance, with the majority of consumer decisions being based on familiar UX/UI, console-exclusive games, or even blood written loyalty pacts.

So, I ask once again, Playstation or Xbox? 

Oh, and for the PC Master Race, that’s a can of worms that I’m not quite willing to open yet…

James heads up our Visualisation division, mustardVIZ. He and his team cover Motion Picture, Gaming and Visualisation recruitment; supporting large scale studios and boutique agencies worldwide. If you’re in the market for a new role or looking to make a strategic hire, then get in touch with him on james@mustardjobs.co.uk.

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