This not only puts the more expensive option of the PS5 and Xbox Series X at the same price, but it means you can buy the PS5 Digital Edition for $ 100 less than the competition. Yes, the X series is more powerful and there are still plenty of incentives to buy an Xbox – Game Pass, more robust backward compatibility, and Xbox’s Play Anywhere initiative make Xbox Series X a great platform. But as an argument for buying a next-gen system for playing next-gen games, Sony has made the PS5 pretty hard to ignore, as long as you don’t mind giving up discs.
The Digital Edition Undercut
Sony’s big plus is the PS5 Digital Edition, which essentially offers Sony’s flagship hardware for $ 100 less than Xbox’s top-of-the-line X series. Raw power discussions aside, Sony claims that you can get a comparable experience for less than the competition with the PS5.And it’s really a plus for Sony that you want to buy the digital edition. Of course, even if Sony loses some money on the cost of the box itself, the digital edition locks you into Sony’s purchasing ecosystem. Outside of the occasional digital code you might get on Amazon, digital gamers will purchase all of their PS5 games directly from Sony and will never be able to trade them with a third-party retailer. The PlayStation Network Store is effectively the only purchase option and that means Sony gets a much broader and more consistent cut of every game you buy. Even if Sony makes less money from you on day one, it will get a bigger share of every game you buy from them, rather than having to share the profits with retailers and shipping.
Sure they both lack a hard drive, but with its lower specs the S Series seems designed for a more casual audience who may not have 4K TVs, or even a secondary console for those who want to “cover their bases” when it comes to. of exclusives. It’s best, in my mind, to think of the Xbox Series S as “Next-Gen Light” – it undeniably is a great option for gamers who may not be ready or able to roll out $ 400-500 dollars for a new system, and the lowest price – even with a free monthly subscription for the additional Game Pass benefits – is arguably the best deal for the next -gen.Of course, Sony has no plans to market the console as a boon for their lower dollar, and if the frantic rush to pre-order PS5 after the reveal event proves anything, it’s that the digital edition is apparently a lot more scarce – and that Does this make sense . Not only is this a cheaper option, but any retail store – which thrives on selling physical games and accessories rather than consoles – probably doesn’t want to sell a box that hastens their irrelevance. But for Sony, it’s all on the upside. Gamers get a console with the same processing power for a cheaper price, and Sony, for the entire generation, sees them as a one stop shop for games. And if the digital edition remains as scarce as it sounds, it would be easy to see some consumers get so caught up in the hype and frantic pace of the pre-order process that they might just buy the more expensive option if available.
A stronger throwing formation
The latest PS5 showcase has given us a better understanding of what PS5 owners will be able to play on day one and … it looks a lot stronger than the Xbox Series X and S this holiday.
First off, yes, it’s undeniable to say that Sony announcing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is coming to PS4 as well offers a huge less incentive to buy a PS5 on day one, alongside other upcoming games like Horizon Forbidden West. For Sony to spend most of 2020 saying it “believes in generations” rather than Microsoft’s blurrier line and then making these announcements, it drops the wind on sales a bit as to why you should buy a PS5 this fall.
PlayStation 5 games confirmed
That said, the console will have a fair amount of console exclusives and console families, including Demon’s Souls, Destruction Allstars, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Astro’s Playground on the first party front, as well as exclusive third-party consoles like Godfall and a series of PS4 / PS5 console exclusives from the indie realm like Bugsnax and The Pathless in the nebula “Holiday 2020” window. And that doesn’t count Sony’s biggest play: between the two PS5 showcases, Sony has offered players the hard sell on the long-term property. With exclusives like God of War, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Final Fantasy XVI and more, Sony has clearly demonstrated why the next couple of years will be a great time to own a PS5.
Of course, there’s the big question of power – the Series X is the most powerful console and theoretically games will work and look better on it. Gamers looking to buy the coolest console (up to the inevitable PS5 Pro and Xbox Series X-2?), Xbox is currently the way to go. But we’re yet to see any direct performance comparisons and so, at least for launch when so many third-party games also have to consider current-gen versions, it’s a safe bet to assume that PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of cross-platform games will comparable enough that PS5 gamers probably won’t miss out on much. That said, if raw power is your primary concern, it might be best to wait until we have some concrete examples and comparisons of how the two consoles stack up.
Overall, Sony wisely allowed Microsoft to show its full hand before exposing what it had to offer. It might appear that conspiracy theory-level thinking for Sony has made major changes to its pricing plans due to where Microsoft landed with the Xbox series, but by being the last to go, Sony could support a competitive pricing plan and steer its messages towards doubles what it offers that Microsoft doesn’t offer: two console options, a cheaper one with a not insignificant edge, that offer the same on-screen experience. Whatever price you choose, Sony’s launch window and current year lineups do a great job of telling you what your initial investment will bring you and why they think it’s worth your money now and throughout 2021, too. if pre-ordering is a problem in the ass.
Jonathon Dornbush is Senior Editor of IGN, host of Podcast Beyond! He is responsible for PlayStation. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.