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Though it’s brief, the latest PlayStation 5 ad makes a strong case for Sony’s upcoming next-gen console. It makes me want one and it certainly makes the Xbox Series X look like a second choice thanks to Sony’s strong software lineup.
We see a handful of the games coming to the new gaming system at launch and beyond, and they all look great.
The games showcased in the ‘Breathtaking Immersion’ trailer are:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Horizon: Forbidden West
- Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart
- Demon’s Souls
- Gran Turismo 7
Naturally, of these games I’m most excited for the remake of Demon’s Souls which, even in the snippet here, looks gorgeous.
The trailer also emphasizes the various ways the PS5 has improved beyond graphics, including the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers and the powerful new 3D audio.
It’s not a long trailer but it does the trick, positioning the PlayStation 5 as the must-have next-gen console. Even just five exclusives make a stronger selling point than the lackluster showing from Microsoft lately, especially thanks to the Halo: Infinite’s dismal first-look and subsequent delay into 2021.
Not all of these games will released directly at launch, of course, but even a couple plus whatever third-party releases are coming out (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Black Ops Cold War, etc) should do the trick. The real problem is whether Sony can produce enough PS5 units to meet demand—something I fear will unfortunately not be the case.
We shall see. We still don’t have either a price or a release date for the PS5, but I’m betting $499.99 on November 17th, and $399.99 for the digital-only model. What do you think?
Unsurprisingly, I’ve gotten a number of angry replies to this which basically boil down to me being a horrible Sony fanboy and giving short shrift to Microsoft and the Xbox Series X.
I get it. This is not something Xbox fans want to hear. The thing is, even though there are certainly some exciting games coming to Xbox Series X, these are all also coming to PC, and many of them will even be available on Xbox One. Microsoft has committed to bringing its first party titles to both consoles and PC for at least the first phase of the Xbox Series X’s roll-out.
While I have to give Microsoft kudos galore for this very consumer friendly approach, it also has the unfortunate side-effect of making the Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S less compelling purchases than the PS5 which will have actual PS5 exclusives that you can’t play anywhere else.
There are other things going for the Xbox Series X, of course. The combination of Game Pass and All Access makes it very affordable, for one thing. I’m not 100% sure how All Access will work (I mean, we still don’t know how much these consoles will cost!) but I assume you’ll be able to purchase either the Xbox Series X or S with no down payment and pay it off over a couple years, all while enjoying the benefits of Game Pass Ultimate which gets you tons of games and Xbox Live with Gold all for a monthly payment that’s more affordable than buying a console upfront.
That’s huge. That will be a great way to get an Xbox Series X/S for many gamers. Xbox Game Pass is awesome, also.
But—and I cannot emphasize this enough—Sony’s exclusive lineup remains more compelling, at least at launch. Maybe once Microsoft starts releasing games that aren’t also coming out on Xbox One there will be more of a reason to upgrade, especially for people who don’t want to game on a PC.
And as my colleague, Paul Tassi, notes Game Pass will soon include xCloud game streaming so theoretically you could play all these games on your tablet and not bother with a new console or a gaming PC. Microsoft is building a platform for Xbox that goes beyond the console. That’s great, it’s probably even a smart future-proofing strategy, but it undermines the Xbox Series X in the process and makes the PlayStation 5 the console to buy this holiday season.