PlayStation 5 Showcase Breakdown
The long-awaited PlayStation 5 showcase has finally concluded, so let’s do a quick breakdown of everything announced and what it means for potential buyers come holiday season! The war between next-gen consoles has been all the rage these days, and there’s a good reason. Upcoming gaming consoles are engineered to push the envelope and provide buyers with an unparalleled gaming experience for a very competitive price.
This will also be the first time in history that gaming consoles will catch up to full-fledged PCs in terms of sheer horsepower — we’re talking up to 120 FPS at 4K! Needless to say, if you’re a gamer, this is quite a good time to be alive!
After many months of back and forth, we finally have all the details about the PlayStation 5, including its price and release date, so let’s do a quick breakdown of the most important things you need to know!
First of all, you’ll have two options to choose from: a standard PlayStation 5 that’ll run for $499, and a disc-less variant (Digital Edition) that’ll retail for $399. The absence of a physical disk drive will allow Sony to cut down on production costs (those Bluray drives sure don’t come cheap). That’s the only difference between the two consoles — everything else is the same.
You’ll buy a PlayStation 5 on Nov. 12 if you’re from the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, or South Korea. If you live someplace else, you’ll get your hands on a PS5 on Nov. 19.
On the other hand, Microsoft intends to release both of their consoles on Nov. 10 — indecisive buyers won’t have it easy come holiday season! You can also check out our Xbox Series X vs. PS5 comparison if you’re unsure which route to opt for!
The Games & Prices
What would a next-gen console showcase be without some next-gen gameplay? Sony has given us a sneak peek of FINAL FANTASY XVI, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls Remake, Oddworld: Soulstorm, Hogwarts Legacy, Resident Evil Village, and an upgraded version of Devil May Cry 5.
This list, while certainly solid, lacks firepower, and Sony knew it too. That’s why they’ve made God of War: Ragnarok official as well! A sequel to one of the best games will surely sway a lot of people towards Sony’s next-gen console.
Unfortunately, a good number of upcoming titles will retail for $69.99. This price hike didn’t come out of the blue, but it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.
Still, not all is grim — certain PlayStation 5 titles will also release for PlayStation 4. The ones currently confirmed to be cross-gen are Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West.
Microsoft is banking big on its Xbox Game Pass, a service that most people call “Netflix for gaming.” Not to be outdone, Sony decided to compete on that front as well (a wise choice). Enter the PlayStation Plus Collection! It’ll provide upcoming PS5 owners with a selection of “generation-defining PS4 games” at launch! Here’s the full list of titles that will be available on day one:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Gone Human
- Fallout 4
- God of War
- Infamous: Second Son
- The Last Guardian
- Monster Hunter World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet & Clank
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn
The best part? All of this will come at no extra cost if you purchase both a PlayStation 5 and a PS Plus subscription. That’s quite a good incentive for those on the fence, and this long list of extraordinary games will certainly help out while we wait for those mind-blowing next-gen exclusives, some of which are already slated for release in 2021!
PS5 vs. Xbox Series S/X
This is where things get a lot more interesting. The upcoming Xbox Series S will retail for a meager $299, and it’ll provide gamers with nearly all next-gen benefits other than 4K gaming. It’s quite powerful, and it’s also the smallest console of the bunch (physically speaking). Conversely, the PlayStation 5 is probably larger than expected. Maybe that’s even an understatement.
Still, Sony is the only company of the two that has those oh-so-incredible exclusives and intellectual properties. Unfortunately, you’re not going to find stuff like The Last of Us or Ghost of Tsushima on an Xbox. If you’re after value, then the Series S is impossible to beat. It has everything you need other than a handful of games. If, on the other hand, you want the best (narrative-driven) titles, then the PlayStation 5 is the only viable option.
Either way, regardless of the console you opt for, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck! Both consoles are incredibly powerful and are worth every penny, but don’t let all the hype and FOMO get to you — there’s no need to rush!