I have been involved in computer and video games for 37 years, both privately and professionally. I can justifiably claim that I have at least played almost all the important titles. And similar as Maci says in his column about the Xbox Series X, I was a witness of many hardware battles – be it Commodore Amiga versus Atari ST, Sega Mega Drive versus Super Nintendo or Playstation 3 versus Xbox 360. However, I never let others pull me along and, on the contrary, was the role model for my friends. For this reason I was able to internalize the following rule like a mantra undisturbed: It depends on the games and not on the console!

Because let's be honest: What good is the best technology in the world if there are no great games for it? Just google for "Atari Jaguar" or "3DO" to get some particularly sad answers to this question. The other way around, I remember the glee of Sega fans when the first shoot'em-ups for the Super Nintendo jerked until dawn due to the weak main processor … and some time later with Super Probotector one of the most playful and technically brilliant action hits appeared exclusively for the Nintendo console.

In short: I don't care about the hardware. I want games! And there is the Playstation 5 (buy now ) at least this year's Christmas business ahead of the game.

Looking forward to a special remake
Sony would like to thank From Software and Bluepoint Games for receiving 500 euros from me in November. As a fan of Hidetaka Miyazaki, I'm really excited about the revival of his first milestone, Demon's Souls, the original of which I played for the Playstation 3 in 2009. However, in contrast to the quasi-successors, I never got to the final boss, which put the action role-playing game on my eternal "bucket list".

About a year ago I wanted to try again in the wake of my enthusiasm for Sekiro, but I lacked the patience and a real incentive. You probably know that: There are just too many great games that you really want to play again. Just where do you get the time from? The Playstation 5 version looks delicious after the trailers and therefore exudes an inimitable "You have to have played this to have a say!" Vibe. So for me personally, it's a win-win situation.






The playful Astro's Playroom will hopefully show us the advantages of the new DualSense joypad.



The playful Astro's Playroom will hopefully show us the advantages of the new DualSense joypad.

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I'm also looking forward to Astro's Playroom, which is preinstalled on the console: It may just be a tech demo that demonstrates the capabilities of the new DualSense controller. However, it comes from the same team that created Astro Bot Rescue Mission, one of the best and most innovative VR titles. Accordingly, I hope that Playroom will take a similarly playful and creative approach, even if, according to the developers, the fun should only last about four to five hours.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales also have the potential to be a lot of fun. Mind you, I don't expect anything revolutionary or unprecedented from any of these titles. But I'm looking forward to it and just need a Playstation 5 to be able to play it in its full glory.





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Demon’s Souls: Ironically, the remake of the eleven-year-old action role-playing game seems to have the most splendid graphics of all Playstation 5 launch titles.

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Strong, loyal partners
When it comes to future prognoses, I always find it difficult because you can never say exactly what will be in two, five or even ten years. However, I know that Sony currently hosts some of the best development teams who work exclusively for the Playstation brand. Above all there is Naughty Dog, which after Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016) and The Last of Us Part 2 (2020) certainly have another milestone in the pipeline and which will most likely be Playstation 5 exclusive. Or how about the team around Cory Barlog, which surprised me very positively with the last God of War (2018) and whose successor has already been announced for 2021?

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PS5: Long video on the new user interface

Conversely, Maci rightly refers to the numerous exclusive top titles of the older Microsoft consoles. To be honest, I also flirted with buying an Xbox Series X, because every piece of hardware is actually supplied with so-called killer applications: games for which the purchase of a specific piece of hardware is worthwhile. But Microsoft has lost me as a buyer because of their current agenda, namely that all titles should also run on a PC with Windows 10. As I currently have a powerful computer, I don't need a new Xbox.





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After the servers of the PS3 original by Demon's Souls were shut down over two years ago, fans are looking forward to the return to the Nexus.

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Sure, now some will say: "You can't compare that, computers and consoles are something completely different!" But not for me, because my computer is plugged into the same TV as all my modern consoles and, thanks to the USB standard, I can use both my PS4 and Xbox One pad.

In one respect, I agree with my colleague: Microsoft has made good use of the past few years to come up with a few interesting concepts – above all with regard to the focus on the increasingly popular Game Pass. Nevertheless, the Americans have to regain my trust a little after the rather mediocre range of games for the Xbox One, while Sony has been entertaining me almost continuously for more than 25 years. Why should that change all of a sudden?

Don't forget: The Japanese have established a highly successful console four times in a row and only had teething problems in the case of the Playstation 3 – thanks to the remarkably powerful Xbox 360. But Sony was not confused by this and just released one hit after the other. So while Maci was fascinated by fantastic role-playing games for the Xbox, I was enthusiastic about the crisp action titles from the aforementioned Naughty Dog troupe, Quantic Dream's immersive adventure hit Heavy Rain or Media Molecule's extremely likeable platforming kit Little Big planet.





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Two consoles, two prices: if you do without a drive and only want to get your games digitally anyway, you can save 100 euros.

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Hopefully not a case after the arrogance
Of course, Sony has to be careful not to rest on its laurels. The competition is by no means asleep, which Microsoft's latest deal around ZeniMax Media proves. Otherwise, a fate similar to that of Nintendo, which severely damaged its seemingly inviolable reputation in the 1990s with the double punch Nintendo 64 and Virtual Boy, threatens.

Incidentally, there is one point that I dislike about both new consoles: The differences to the previous generation seem too small to me. As much as I'm looking forward to Demon's Souls, I seriously ask: Wouldn't that have been possible on the Playstation 4? In fact, we have now reached a standard that makes major leaps in technology with new hardware more and more difficult and makes my anticipation for each further generation of consoles fade away.





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Just a standalone addon? Marvel's Spiderman: Miles Morales should be shorter than its predecessor and be based on its strengths, instead of offering something really new.
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That is why I advise everyone involved: keep an eye on the VR market! This triggered significantly more "Aha!" Feelings in me than Playstation 4 and Xbox One combined. There is still room for improvement here, and although the PSVR was not the best, I am grateful to Sony that they tried it – just to be able to play great insider tips such as Statik or Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown.

At the same time, the cynic in me worries whether we will even get a PSVR2. After all, the old glasses were only halfway successful after halving the price and adding a whole pack of games. Unfortunately, profitable looks different. Probably for good reason, both Sony and Microsoft are still keeping a low profile when it comes to the VR future of the new generation. But at least there are statements from both camps that they want to work on it.





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Sackboy – A Big Adventure is another Sony-exclusive title, but it appears for both the old and the new Playstation console.

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And of course that would be the best scenario for me: Two to three big brands fight each other until the end of a console cycle, after which we get better and better games and offers. Perhaps the trio of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo can even agree on different orientations so that they can all exist well? Like Maci, I don't wish any of the big players a failure.

Finally: Is there really nothing that appeals to me about the Playstation 5 hardware itself? Well, I'm really looking forward to the capabilities of the fan, which according to initial reports is said to be pleasantly quiet. Especially when playing the brilliant God of War (2018) I was afraid that my shelf cabinet would collapse due to the massive volume. And I could do without that in the long term …

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