The PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X are scheduled to launch at the end of 2020, but with no date or price set yet. After seven years on the market, PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One will no longer be the leading consoles for the new generation of video games. Many aspects and innovations of the two devices have already been disclosed by Sony and Microsoft manufacturers, including games, services, and technical specifications.
That’s why Techidence has prepared a list of the top ten reasons to get excited about the release of PS5 and Xbox Series X. The selection includes features like backward compatibility, faster loading time, and crossplay, etc.
1. Faster Loading Time
One of the most criticized factors of the last generation of consoles was the long loads of heavy games. The Xbox Series X and PS5 will feature SSD storage, unlike previous versions of both that contained hard disk (HD) storage. This way, games are expected to be processed faster, reducing loading screens. This feature should dictate the future of the new generation.
2. PlayStation 5 Control
Named DualSense, the new PS5 control promises many evolutions compared to the DualShock 4 of PS4. With the new design, the accessory has a format similar to the controls developed by Microsoft and looks more comfortable than the PS4 control.
One of the main new features will be the haptic sensors that will spread a greater vibration throughout the body of the DualSense and will allow more sensitive details of the games for users. This is a remarkable evolution by Sony concerning the control of the past generation, which has not had as many compliments as the Xbox One joystick.
3. Backward Compatibility
Microsoft has announced that Xbox Series X will have all games available for Xbox One in its catalog. Sony has not yet positioned itself on all the rumors of backward compatibility. Initially, as was announced in the PS5 announcement, only the main PS4 games should be made available for the console, but the games titles that will be available have not yet been released. It is worth mentioning that other possibilities are adopted to please fans of games of past generations, such as remastering and remakes, which should not be discarded.
4. Content Creation Improvements
PS5 and Xbox Series X controls have been given a new button to make it easier to create and share content on social networks. On PS5, Sony is pushing the “create” button to create new experiences, whether it’s creating content for social networks or just recording moments for personal use. On Xbox One, the “share” button follows the same premise, and, according to Microsoft, it will be able to produce content for social networks in a more agile way.
5. Enhanced Services
On the PS5, Sony will enhance PS Plus with a premium version. The service should allow subscribers to test all games in the alpha phase (an initial version of the first steps) and beta (version near the final, but with some flaws). Also, the premium version will allow users to create private servers.
Xbox Series X will also feature new features, in addition to already consolidated services like Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft announced the “Smart Delivery”, which allows the user to only buy a certain game once to have the “upgrade” guaranteed for the next generation. Some of the games confirmed in the service are Halo: Infinite, Gears 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2, among others.
Microsoft’s xCloud project promises a true “Netflix of Games” that can be accessed on multiple devices, whether on the console, PC, mobile, or tablet. The goal is to invest in streaming with cloud transmission of games over Wi-Fi or mobile network. Microsoft has not disclosed when xCloud will be available in the market. On the other hand, Sony has not yet presented anything similar to the competing project and continues to invest in traditional console standards.
One of the main debates in the gaming world today is the possibility for users to play together on different platforms. With the arrival of the new generation, players’ expectations for this to happen soon have increased. Microsoft already allows Xbox One owners and PC users (Windows) to play their games together, as is the case with Gears 5. For Xbox Series X, this trend should continue with crossplay with Xbox One and PC. Sony said that PS5 users will be able to play some games with PS4 owners.
It has not yet been confirmed whether in the next generation the owners of PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5 will be able to play the same games together. Microsoft has shown itself available and bets on this possibility. On the other hand, Sony has not yet shown much interest in this alternative.
8. Exclusive Games
If Microsoft brought the best services in the past generation, Sony has excelled with exclusive games. For PS5, the company has already released the first exclusive new-generation games, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man expansion: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West (continuation of Horizon Zero Dawn), Demon’s Souls, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, among others.
For Xbox Series X, Microsoft has to continue with the first-party system: games are available for PC and Xbox One. The main release of this first generation of Series X is Halo Infinite, which should reach the console in the first months. Also, the company has already announced games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, State of Decay 3, and new games from Fable and Forza Motorsport franchises.
9. Use of Ray Tracing
The search for increasingly realistic images in video games will receive a new ally in the next generation. The ray-tracing technique is a type of 3D graphics rendering, used by the big movie studios, which will be included in Xbox Series X and PS5. With this advance, there is the reproduction of light effects, shadows, and contrasts with more fidelity in game scenes. The technology promises images as realistic as those already seen in other media such as cinema and TV.
10. Buy a Game and Receive Two Versions
Cyberpunk 2077 and FIFA 21 are some games that will be delivered in two versions for users. Those who buy the games still in the editions for Xbox One and PS4 will receive the version at no additional cost for the next generation consoles when they are available. On Xbox Series X, this technology will be called “Smart Delivery”.