And Then There Were Four

A look at the Newest Gaming Consoles.

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The PlayStation 5 is one of the most sought after consoles.

 

Have you recently looked at your old clunker of an Xbox or sputtering PlayStation and thought, “It’s probably time to upgrade”? Well, you’re in luck because the new generation of consoles has just begun! There are four new models to choose from, and they all have their own pros and cons, depending on what you’re looking for. Even if you haven’t owned a console before, there’s no time like the present. 

 

Tower of Power

Sony and Microsoft have two options each, with either model being a near match to its competitor. That may sound a little confusing, but it’s not complex as it seems. 

Microsoft’s selection is comprised of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S (good to see that Microsoft has given up on naming consoles via numbers). You may notice that this resembles the strategy that Apple uses in its iPhone designs, you’d be right. The Xbox Series X is large, black, and in a shape resembling a refrigerator. In terms of technological firepower, it outplaces the Series S and features stats like 4K resolution (and 8K in some cases), 120 fps, and 12 teraflops. For comparison, in November of 2003, the Series X would’ve had enough processing power to be the third-fastest computer in the world (right behind a rig from Los Alamos. Let that sink in). 

Moving on to the Series S, we have a more budget-friendly version of the X, with performance to match. Clocking in with an internal storage size of 512GB and a 1440p resolution, it’s specs match its size because this thing is tiny. The Series S is the smallest Xbox yet because here’s the kicker: it has no disc drive. Any game that you want to play must be digital or you’re out of luck.

 

Sleek and Speedy

Moving on to Sony’s offerings, the PS5 and its disc-less counterpart, the PS5 Digital Edition, are a bold move away from their traditional console design. This being flat, black, and layered in shape. But these novel models are so drastically different from their predecessors that they may as well be from an alternate universe. The PS5 line is tall, white, and curved even further upwards (the PS5 is almost 4 inches taller than the Series X). 

Getting to the boring stuff, the PS5 matches the Series X on the surface with 4K/8K resolution, ray-tracing, and 120fps. But, it is beaten on paper. The Series X has a 1TB drive to the PS5’s 825GB, and it also has 10 teraflops (5th in 11/2003) to the Series X’s previously stated 12. The PS5 Digital Edition is no different than the regular PS5, apart from the aforementioned missing disc drive.

 

Shutting Down…

In conclusion, the fighters in this generation’s console war are pretty evenly matched, so it will most likely come down to the games that they receive. In the blue corner, PlayStation keeps a grip on Marvel fans with Spider Man: Miles Morales and a long-awaited entry in the Little Big Planet series, sure to hold onto fans old and new. In the green corner, Xbox teases their own nostalgic fans with Halo: Infinite and a Psychonauts sequel 16 years in the making. If you desire any further reading, the Dualshock 5, the PS5’s controller, has a lot of cool features, but has also been criticized for its lack of accessibility. It makes for a very interesting topic.

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