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PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? This review roundup offers plenty of early and informed impressions

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. PST • Comments: 30

Both Sony and Microsoft have begun sending their latest and (hopefully) greatest consoles around for review and so we've gone out and rounded up a handful of hot takes with the aims to garner an idea of what to expect once these shiny new pieces of hardware hit shelves on November 10 and 12 for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively.

Though not everyone's opinion is the same, of course, we are seeing a few trends emerge as major gaming news entities offer their two cents on the good, bad, and ugly of both consoles.

It seems each company has a unique area of focus for their platform as the Xbox Series X is repeatedly praised for its power as a piece of hardware while the PlayStation 5 is especially appreciated for its haptic feedback controller and game lineup.

This isn't to say that the PS5 isn't a hardware upgrade from this current generation or that the Series X is only a powerhouse machine with nothing to actually do on it, but one seems to clearly outshine the other depending on the category you're looking at.

One Xbox-related point that came up a handful of times: The Xbox Series S does not seem worth it. Multiple reviewers here note that lesser of Microsoft's two new console entries doesn't check a substantial number of the boxes its sibling system does, but it does seem to be appropriate for less hardcore gamers who aren't interested in every last bell and whistle.

PlayStation 5 seems a bit snazzier out of the gate with its eye-catching designs and more alluring immediate potential in terms of available games, but it might be that the Series X ramps up in some big ways over the longer term as it's proving more powerful and packed with perhaps more potential than its competition.

IGN PS5 vs. Series X

Ars Technica PS5 - "Quick-loading and interesting new features meet more marginal visual improvements."

Gamespot PS5 - "Sony has laid strong foundations for its new generation of gaming, but it's now up to developers to use all the tools laid out for them to build upon it."

Verge PS5 - "A series of smaller — though still important — shifts, like faster speeds and a more immersive controller, which all add up to a markedly better experience compared to the PS4 by every conceivable metric."

Polygon PS5 - The PlayStation 5 isn’t going to be the alpha and the omega of your entertainment ecosystem, but it will make games faster, smoother, and more striking.

Engadget PS5 - "Sony has managed to deliver a truly next-generation console, even if it went a bit overboard on the design."

Ars Technica Series X - "Xbox Series X is impressive enough to be worth a launch-week purchase for Xbox devotees. So impressive, in fact, that it renders the value of Series S moot."

Verge Series X - "The new Xbox feels like you’re upgrading your PC."

Polygon Series X - "A reliable, pleasurable experience. The console disappears, letting me focus on the games. That’s the point."

Engadget Series X - "The Xbox Series X is everything the Xbox One wasn't... The only problem is there aren't many compelling games at launch."

Wired Series X - "Undeniably brilliant piece of hardware... The biggest challenge the Series X faces is that there’s nothing that screams 'NEW!' about it yet."

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