PS5 vs Xbox Sequence X: The following-gen consoles we’re shopping for and why

Subsequent gen console releases are weeks away and we’re excited!The PlayStation 5 hits shops on November 12 and the Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S launches two days earlier on November 10.

However which one do you have to purchase? And which one can you purchase now that pre-orders have gone nuts? 

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That is a difficult query with a variety of layers to dissect. The reply is: It relies upon. Do you personal a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Recreation Go? Are you a Halo fan or a God of Warfare fan? Do you want Bethesda video games or Naughty Canine video games?

We thought we might ask the devoted avid gamers on CNET’s workers which consoles they’re planning to purchase and in what order.

Mark Serrels

In case you have a 4K TV you almost certainly wish to go together with the Sequence X over the Sequence S.


I’ve thought lengthy and exhausting about this and I am fairly certain I will find yourself with each an Xbox Sequence X and a PlayStation 5.

As an proprietor of a 4K LG OLED, I’ve zero curiosity within the Xbox Sequence S, regardless of the very fact I like the design. The actual fact the console would not help 4K gaming ensures I will be selecting up a Sequence X as an alternative. 

I think the Sequence X would be the best option for cross platform video games this technology and Recreation Go is an unimaginable service so, for me, an Xbox Sequence X is a should. I like how seamlessly it runs last-gen video games with tremendous excessive frame-rates at 4K. It will be some time earlier than must-play next-gen titles trickle in in order that’s one other vital promoting level for me.

I am going to additionally choose up a PS5 although — most likely the digital version. I have not purchased a field copy of a online game in years, regardless of the very fact they’re barely cheaper right here in Australia. I just like the comfort of getting all my video games saved on a tough drive and I just like the decrease value of the digital version itself.

Which console will I purchase first? Relies upon which one I can get to be sincere. Most probably I am going to choose up the PS5 if I can — purely as a result of I wish to play the Demon’s Souls remake. However I will be grabbing an Xbox Sequence X both on the similar time or instantly afterwards.

Steph Panecasio

I believe at this level I’ve settled on getting the digital version of the Ps 5, however not at launch. The hype is fairly intensive and I am having fun with being a spectator for the console conflict drama, however I might relatively wait till it is truly essential to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can nonetheless do the job effectively sufficient and I’ve bought no purpose to improve simply but. 

So sure, once I do, I am going to go for the Ps first. Traditionally I might get each, however I have to cease being a hoarder relating to consoles and video games (you are the one who inexplicably has seven bodily copies of The Witcher 3). 

By choosing just one console (not less than to start out) I am saving an enormous chunk of area on my TV cupboard — have you ever seen the scale of these items? And by choosing the digital mannequin, I am liberating up area in my bookshelves for, effectively, precise books. 

As for Xbox, I am nonetheless extremely tempted by the Recreation Go service, I will not lie. Will I get one ultimately? Perhaps. I am half hoping my associate will get one himself, thus eradicating the necessity for me to fret about forking over more money. Excuse me whereas I ship this text to him for future reference.

Dan Ackerman
CD Mission Crimson

Who am I kidding, I am getting them each. I’ve already pre-ordered a Xbox Sequence X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it is for “skilled growth,” plus, as horrible as this sounds, I identical to going by means of all of the menus and setup and output choices and every little thing. That is what occurs after you’re employed at CNET for a sure variety of years. 

Funnily sufficient, I used to be by no means into console video games as a child. After the Atari 2600, I used to be proper onto my Tandy TRS-80 Colour Laptop (aka, the Trash 80), and largely PC gaming by means of my teen and school years, however not even a lot of that. My return to consoledom began once I caught a live-action TV advert for Resident Evil 2 again within the late 1990s and stated,” Wow, that appears like a George Romero film, I’ve bought to get a kind of…” Lower than a yr later, I used to be working at an early online game web site (UGO.com) and protecting the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I’ve had each console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U. 

I’m skipping the Sequence S, no want with my 4K LG OLED TV (most likely the most-common TV amongst CNET editors) and, frankly, I am not thrilled concerning the launch sport lineup on both console. No must-haves for me, and there is not even a next-gen model of Cyberpunk 2077. I might love my Spider-Man save to switch to the PS5, however that is about as a lot as I care about backwards compatibility. I usually have zero curiosity in revisiting outdated video games. They’re by no means pretty much as good as you bear in mind. Should you’re apprehensive about taking part in Excellent Darkish or Halo 1 or something like that on a new-for-2020 console, you would possibly as effectively simply make the complete leap and begin taking part in Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer

Horizon Forbidden West might be a should play on PS5.


I will make this quick and candy: I’m not a fan of brutalism and I discover the design of the Xbox Sequence X personally offensive. If my niece comes to go to, I must child proof the field lest she falls and blinds herself on the nook. Plus, I simply actually actually like Horizon Zero Daybreak and wish to play the sequel. 

That stated I am going to most likely ultimately get the Xbox Sequence S as a result of I really feel like it might look good subsequent to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the unique Xbox and I’ll all the time have a comfortable spot for the outdated boy — I’d be betraying my roots if I did not choose up an Xbox once more.

Daniel Van Growth

Finally, I am going to purchase each a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Sequence X. By the tip of 2020? I am going to have purchased neither.

I take pleasure in system wars as a lot as the subsequent man, however proper now the thrill round each next-gen consoles is a little bit too theoretical. Microsoft’s Recreation Go-centred mannequin, through which the Sequence S/X are primarily {hardware} to energy the Xbox streaming service, might change the trade. Sony’s renewed fanaticism about unique titles might lead to extra must-play first-party video games.

However each prospects lie in 2021 and past. Come November, there will not be many video games on both console you may’t play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, meaning there is not any rush to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Sequence S/X.

For the longer term, I think I am going to purchase a PS5 first. Each consoles might be purchased with a disc drive — it makes it simpler to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. 

Lori Grunin

Let’s break up “Lori Grunin” in two: The reviewer and the true individual. Each ended up agreeing that the Xbox Sequence S is the best choice as a result of cash and Recreation Go Final. 

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Personally, a console is competing with the necessity for a dear new telephone, a brand new iPad Professional and a brand new full-frame digicam and lenses, together with a cranky outdated biddy of a cat who wants dental work and who has costly style in meals. I’ve nonetheless bought a 1080p TV, which I have not watched since slicing the twine some time again. I do not significantly wish to chip in for a brand new one as a result of I am a cranky outdated biddy of an individual with costly style in gear.

Whereas Lori the reviewer toyed with the thought of a PS5, Recreation Go Final and day one availability for brand new exclusives offered the Xbox to each side of my mind. 

However I’d by no means have preordered something, as a result of as a rule I contemplate it insane to spend cash on virtually something over $50 earlier than it has been out for not less than just a few months and has had an opportunity to be debugged and dissected advert nauseum. I’ve additionally had years of publicity to the newest and best of every little thing to study to recover from the FOMO for many of it. 

Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three totally different websites for all of them when preorders went stay.

Jackson Ryan

Would like to see a brand new console technology outlined by the distinctive experiences it may well deliver to video video games, relatively than enhancements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles really feel like souped up current-gens.

I’ve a superbly good Nintendo Change. That may see me by means of till there’s an absolute should play on both of those bilious bins.

Sean Keane

After a lot thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest model of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon’s Souls remake. However the deciding issue was Resident Evil Village. I do know the console will not get a worth drop earlier than that comes out subsequent yr (Capcom hadn’t hinted at a PS4 model earlier than I preordered).

Miles Morales goes to work.

Insomniac/Screenshot by CNET

I am nonetheless utilizing a launch PS4 and do not intend to get no matter mid-generational PS5 improve Sony places out, so I am going to wring loads of worth out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan — to play the remaining PS4 video games in 4K and transfer totally onto the next-gen when it actually will get began in late 2021.

To maximise the probability of getting video games as cheaply as attainable, I’ve opted for the mannequin with disc drive. Despite the fact that most of my purchases are digital, I do not wish to give Sony an excessive amount of energy. Additionally my associates generally give me bodily video games as presents.

As for Xbox Sequence X, I am nonetheless undecided. I used to be all concerning the Xbox 360, however the Xbox One by no means had an unique sport that made the console irresistible. Microsoft’s buy of Bethesda actually makes a killer Sequence X unique (Sequence Xclusive?) extra possible, however I am going to wait and see.

Recreation Go is a reasonably nice service, however my already large backlog makes it a much less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

Whereas I’ve been on the lookout for each the Xbox Sequence X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I to this point have solely preordered the Xbox. After rising up taking part in all three generations of Xbox, I’ve been swayed in direction of PlayStation lately by means of video games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Present. 

I am a giant sports activities gamer and whereas most up-to-date titles have lacked noticeable or sport altering enhancements on current-gen, the brand new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what each of those new programs can provide. 

The insane battle to seek out someplace to preorder a PS5 has saved me within the Xbox camp, not less than for proper now. As somebody who would not have a big catalog of PlayStation discs, I can not deliver myself to justify shelling out the additional $100 for the common PS5 (based mostly on early studies, I may very well be in for an extended wait because it looks as if Digital consoles are in shorter provide than disc ones). Throw within the rising prices for next-gen PlayStation controllers and main video games and I really feel like there are even higher makes use of for that cash than a disc drive I virtually actually will not use. I can not even bear in mind the final time I used a disc typically — PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, just a few components swayed me together with the truth that I’ve a Recreation Go subscription, am actually intrigued by xCloud and that I’ve family and friends planning to get one. Whereas I believed concerning the Sequence S, with my TCL 6 Sequence has 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient and like Serrels the enchantment of 4K gaming was sufficient to get me to decide on the larger system. 

Plus, I used to be fortunate sufficient to see it accessible on Amazon to position the order (even when it now might not arrive on the 10th). 

Eric Franklin

Because the launch of the Xbox One X I’ve develop into a primarily Xbox participant. Microsoft’s providers like Play Wherever, xCloud and naturally Xbox Recreation Go handle my gaming wants as a dad with two younger children and never a variety of time to himself. 

So I’ve opted to preorder each the Xbox Sequence X for my lounge and an Xbox Sequence S for my dwelling workplace. 

The Sequence X will substitute my One X and the Sequence S will double up with my newly constructed PC on my model new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In actuality, I am going to possible find yourself taking part in on the Sequence S probably the most since my spouse will get first dibs on our 4K TV. 

As for video games, whereas I am wanting ahead to making an attempt just a few launch video games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I am equally as enthusiastic about taking part in my present big backlog of sport like The Outer Worlds, Doom Everlasting and the Yakuza collection — I am nonetheless early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness — with quicker load occasions and the power to rapidly change between them — I get bored simply — with the Fast Resume function.

Since Microsoft revealed these options in March, the brand new Xbox has occupied approach an excessive amount of of my brainspace, however quickly it can have an opportunity to stay as much as my approach too excessive expectations for it.

As for the PS5, I am going to possible get one ultimately, however might wait till they slim that pet down — have you ever heard? It is large. 

Oscar Gonzalez

I am normally a two-console type of gamer, however my authentic plan for this technology was to start out off with the PS5 after which ultimately get my palms on an Xbox Sequence X. The dearth of a robust, unique launch sport — for me, it might have been Halo: Infinite — makes Microsoft’s next-gen console rather less enticing. 

That modified with EA Play’s inclusion into Video games Go and seeing Fast Resume in motion. Whereas sure, I will play Video games Go titles on my Xbox One, the thought of getting all of the video games I am taking part in by means of accessible to play inside seconds of one another is one thing I did not know I wished. As a man who needs to leap into totally different multiplayer video games reminiscent of Name of Obligation: Warzone, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and even Fortnite in addition to work on varied single-player video games just like the Murderer’s Creed and Far Cry video games, the Fast Resume goes to be the function designed only for me. 

Epic Video games

Due to that, I’ve a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X. As tempted as I’m to go fully digital this technology, the very fact is that new bodily video games at launch, or weeks after launch, are likely to go on sale. Digital model do not. Retailers are additionally faster to drop the worth of video games in the event that they fail to promote at launch whereas digital titles take for much longer earlier than a big sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Sequence X would be the Video games Go machine whereas the PS5 is for Sony printed titles and different exclusives. It is the perfect of each worlds and at the perfect worth. 

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