The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles are all set to launch during Holiday 2020. We also recently found out that the PS5 had started taking pre-orders, but not without a catch. The process is invitation-based and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. While there is no news regarding the Series X’s pre-orders yet, we already know what kind of games to expect on both consoles at launch. But now it seems that the tides have turned in favor of PlayStation 5.
The recent Gamescom 2020 event gave us an insight as to what we can expect with these games. The Opening Night Live event gave us updates on 35 different games. This also included a 7-minute long gameplay preview of the PS5’s exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, which was absolutely stunning. The preview was captured on PS5 and it looked promising. And as promised, it will have no loading screens at all, thanks to PS5’s lightning-fast SSD.
But how does this affect the Series X? For instance, the Series X does not have a big AAA title coming out anytime soon. The PS5, on the other hand, has Spiderman: Miles Morales as its launch title and Ratchet and Clank, which will release soon after.
Spiderman has been one of Sony’s most successful titles, and the next iteration in the series promises to be even better. And we’ve already seen what Ratchet and Clank is capable of.
Unfortunately, the one saving grace that Xbox had was Halo: Infinite, which will now release in 2021. This definitely tips the scales in PS5’s favor, and there’s nothing much Xbox can do about it.
Take a look at this thread from Twitch partner Parris, who puts forth a very valid point.
This does make a lot of sense. The Series X may be a little more powerful than the PS5, but that’s about it. Sony still has the upper hand with its exclusive titles. Moreover, most third-party AAA titles will be available on both the platforms so it puts PS5 in an even more favorable position.
Fans will argue that the Series X is no longer the prime focus of Xbox and that the Game Pass is a great service. While this may be true, it still doesn’t beat the PlayStation 5 in the short term.
Sure, the Series X has a lot of great exclusives planned, but most of them will arrive in 2021 or later. So, if you consider the launch scenario, the PS5 would be in a better position than its rival.