Thanks to the console crisis, the PlayStation 5 is sold out everywhere. During this difficult time, some people may think about switching to the other console warehouse. The Xbox Series S and Series X are still often in stock. For me, however, an “affair” is not an option – and for good reason.
“Out of stock” – Anyone looking for a PlayStation 5 will have the lettering burned into their retina. Regardless of whether Amazon, MediaMarkt, Saturn, Otto and Co., the next-gen console is nowhere available.
That’s why my colleague Gregor decided a few weeks ago to buy an Xbox Series X that is much easier to get to – and he’s actually a die-hard PlayStation gamer too! The reasoning for his purchase decision I can understand – nevertheless I prefer to wait a few more months for a PS5. But why actually?
Sorry Microsoft, but the PlayStation has the better exclusive games!
Even if the higher graphics power of the Xbox Series X appeals to me as a hardware junkie, in the end something plays a much bigger role for me: the exclusive games. God of War, Uncharted 4, The Last of Us, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ghost of Tsushima – these are all games that have really knocked me off my feet in the last few years. And where did I play it? On my PS4, of course!
In the meantime, Sony is softening its platform exclusivity a little, but the focus will continue to be on the consoles. In a nutshell: If I want more of these series of games, I can’t get past the PlayStation 5.
It looks a little different with the Xbox Series X / S. As an avid PC gamer, I can play most Xbox games on my computer. And since Halo never cast a spell over me anyway, this gap in my gaming vita is no problem for me either.
Better backward compatibility of the Xbox Series: I boom!
What speaks in favor of the Microsoft consoles, however, is the significantly better downward compatibility. Not only Xbox One games can be started on the new generation, games from the Xbox 360 and Xbox era are also available. Sounds great on paper at first, but I’m not really interested in anything.
I also want to play brand new games on a new console, and not a few well-hung hams that are more than a decade under their belt. As a second or third console, I could still imagine something like an Xbox Series S – but that’s another topic.
Game sluggishness at Sony: I can still safely do without the PS5
The next important question: is it really that bad that the PS5 is nowhere to be bought? Honestly? No it is not. If you look at the list of games that are now exclusively available for the PS5, you will notice that the portfolio is quite thin. Horizon: Forbidden West is only coming in a few months, a new part of The Last of Us only appeared about a year ago and God of War Ragnarök is still a long time coming.
Admittedly, I would like to play the remake of Demon’s Souls in a crisp look, and Returnal and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart also look quite nice – but currently I’m missing a real system seller. As long as it doesn’t exist, buying a console is not worth it for me either.
PS5: I don’t need better graphics and shorter loading times right now
The shortened loading times of the PS5 are also a nice selling point – only there is a small, 2.5-inch problem. I recently decided to give my PS4 Pro a small memory upgrade that has a similar effect. The built-in hard drive was replaced by an SSD – Long loading times are now a thing of the past.
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And since I am currently playing on a 43-inch full HD TV with 60 Hz in the living room, I also don’t care about the stronger graphics performance of the PS5.
Waiting for the PS5: It’s all just half as wild!
If the PlayStation 5 only spoils my living room with its looks that take getting used to at Christmas or maybe even from the summer of next year, I can get over it – also as a Sony fan who has been using the PlayStation for 17 years.
The Series X, on the other hand, does not come into my house despite the shortage of PS5 and a positive first impression. Sorry Microsoft, but my console heart still only beats for Sony!
But what about you guys? Did you ever get fed up and got an Xbox Series X / S instead? Or do you prefer to continue waiting for the PS5 to finally be available in the online shop without any problems? Discuss with us in the comments on Facebook.
Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely the views of the author and are not necessarily the position of the entire GIGA editorial team.