News By/Courtesy: Nandakishore A | 20 Sep 2020 22:34pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is that time of the year again, the release of the new next-gen consoles is just a few months away.
  • Sony has essentially got what they wanted, ie., the headlines which say $400 PS5 v. $500 Series X.
  • Both manufacturers expect huge sales owing to the fact that the entire population is stuck at home due to the current pandemic.

It is that time of the year again, the release of the new next-gen consoles is just a few months away. Both Sony and Microsoft have slowly revealed its entire next-gen system over the past few months. The specifications, design, backward compatibility, and other features were all revealed by the tech-giants in the past months. But what everyone was waiting for was for them to officially announce the console’s price. The main reason both the companies waited this long is for the chance to react to the price of the other console. As soon as one company revealed their prices, the other could undercut it and thereby effectively win the long-standing console war.

In this battle, Microsoft was the one that revealed their prices first. This was not intentional as the prices for both the Series X and Series S were leaked last week, which forced their hand into making an official statement. Series S came in at a surprising $300, one which Microsoft knew Sony couldn’t match, and the Series X came at a whopping $500, which was still less than the expected price. Sony took this into their decision-making process and came out with a price of $400 for their digital PS5 and $500 for their full-fledged PS5 with the blue-ray disc drive. Many see this as Sony has the upper hand, because the digital PS5 version, which has no performance disparity with the other version is much more value friendly than the Xbox Series S, which has considerably less performance according to speculation. But the $400-dollar PS5 is targeting the $500 Series-X as the only main difference would be the lack of the increasingly irrelevant disc drive.

Sony has essentially got what they wanted, ie., the headlines which say $400 PS5 v. $500 Series X. But the $300 Series-X is still promised to be powerful enough to have its own worth and value. But according to critics and fans, the PS5 is going to have an upper-hand this time as well, when we look between the prices and the amazing line-up of exclusives they have announced (God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Spiderman), something which Xbox always seems to lack. Truth be told, there is no incentive to buy these amazing consoles at launch, as all the titles that are going to be released for the next-gen consoles will also be released for the previous generation. The only point of difference would be the better resolution and framerate the next-gen consoles offer. But both manufacturers expect huge sales owing to the fact that the entire population is stuck at home due to the current pandemic.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 Sep 2020 7:21am IST


Tags : PS5, Xbox, Series X, Series S, Sony, Microsoft, Next Gen Consoles, Console War, Price, Exclusives, Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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