Web Desk: After much anticipation, Sony and Microsoft are unveiling the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X respectively next week.
The tech giants will be introducing their new devices with well-read playbook dates, tech specs and games.
Launching dates of consoles:
Microsoft will be the first to hit the shelves with the Xbox Series X which goes on sale on November 10 while Sony will release its PlayStation 5 on November 12 in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea. On November 19 buyers around the world will be able to buy it. Sony expects to sell its 7.6 million consoles by the end of March.
Sony is offering PlayStation 5’s premium version featuring internal memory and 4K resolution with the 499 euros, Ultra HD Blu-ray player for $585 and the digital version of the online games for 399 euros.
Microsoft is offering its Xbox Series X’s premium version for the same price as the PlayStation 5 but the price of the digital version will be 299 euros. Sports analyst Laurent Michaud told AFP that Sony, with its entry-level model, allowed for a higher price than Microsoft, adding that it would be gratifying for Microsoft to push its pricing strategy to fall sharply.
By design, both Sony and Microsoft have taken completely different approaches. Sony’s PlayStation 5 stands tall with a black V-shaped exterior along with a subtle blue light of futurist-style. The controller maintains a whitish-black look at a large departure from the previous body.
However, Microsoft’s Xbox is in vibrant black colour and a sensible logo on a black tower along with a controller that has remained aesthetically pleasing to generations past.
In the Xbox design team, their product is “the most powerful console ever made”. The company’s website urges fans to step in, light a fire, and ‘strengthen your dreams’.
The kit, which powers 8K video capabilities, has a 12-teraflop processor compared to the PlayStation 3’s 10.3 and higher data-crunching power overall.
Both consoles are equal in terms of memory but for Michaud, the power struggle has lost a point.
“The more you develop the base of the players, the less power is the way it is. Kids don’t take care of the power when they play Fortnite. What matters is the sense of play,” he said.
Sony all came out of the catalogue of great hitters. Based on special topics, Sony has released a selection of top drawers to accompany its launch including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Microsoft had hoped that Halo Infinite would help drive sales in the launch of the Xbox Series X but the coronavirus epidemic has delayed the publication of the game until 2021.
Microsoft has opened its piggy bank to expand the Xbox catalogue, disbursing $ 7.5 billion to Bethesda Softworks, publisher of popular games The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. When the old compatibility problem is affected, Xbox Series X customers will be able to play games written for all past comfort. However, PlayStation 5 customers should be able to play games written for PlayStation 4 but not earlier machines.