The subject for this week’s Hot Topic was suggested by reader JAH and others and started off by asking whether you’re considering buying an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. But since the PlayStation 5 announcement on Wednesday it became the usual question of Sony vs. Microsoft.
There’s no easy answer this generation though, with readers being evenly split on the issue. As you’d imagine the biggest factors where the high value for money with Xbox and the better exclusives on PlayStation.
I would say that Microsoft have certainly improved their standing, in my eyes, since unveiling the Xbox Series S but I’m still not convinced. Their complete lack of any exclusives (and apparent pride in not having any!) is very off-putting and I’ve no interest in Halo, God Of War, or Fable (or Perfect Dark if those rumours are true).
On the other hand Sony has an excellent line-up already but I do not like the U-turn on cross-gen and the price of their games is outrageous. £70?! What are they thinking? Sometimes I think these two companies do each other’s marketing given how often they keep shooting themselves in the foot.
The only obvious thing to do, from my point of view, is to wait and see how things shake out over the next six months to a year. I’ll probably look to buy one next Christmas, as by that time it’ll be much clearer who’s lying the most.
I have always ended up buying every console for each generation, some straight away and some after holding off for a while but this time I had decided definitely not to get the new Xbox. However, with the price of the Xbox Series S I think I’ll give in and buy one as soon as they announce a game I really want (ahem… Forza Motorsport).
Microsoft might not be my first choice this gen but as my second choice I guess they stand much more of a chance of winning me over. Good call Microsoft!
I’m not interested in either of the new Xboxes but then again, I’m not interested in the PlayStation 5s yet either!
The cheaper models are of no interest to me as they are download-only and I don’t currently have broadband and the disc-based models are too pricey for me at the moment.
I’ll probably wait a couple of years for a price drop and a bigger selection of games. I’ll probably go for PlayStation 5 as Sony offer a good selection of story-based single-player games that I enjoy but if Microsoft offered something that interested me I would consider the Xbox.
I’m in no rush anyway as I’m currently replaying PlayStation 3 games for Trophies and then I have loads of PlayStation 4 games to work through!
This will be the first console launch for some time that I will invest in the new console.
I had made my choice and kept money back for the new Xbox a while ago. But then Microsoft comes up with the Xbox Series S.
Now, as tempting as that is I’m still going with the Xbox Series X unless it’s out of stock. My reasoning hasn’t changed despite the Series S. This is because my games are on disc and I also want the Xbox as a 4K movie disc player as well.
And also, when I factor in that I will need an external drive for the Xbox Series S, and that I can get cash for my old Xbox, then I might as well go for the Xbox Series X. Like I said, for these reasons my opinion on Xbox Series X hasn’t changed.
I didn’t care about the Xbox One launch at the time and only picked it up three years after its release
but this is a console that I am genuinely excited for.
Well, I thought I better write in this weekend as I normally wouldn’t bother as a rule. Now we all know the official hard facts of both Microsoft and Sony’s next generation machines – hardware statistics, price, release dates, even down to what the cardboard boxes look like that they will come in. For me personally I have decided to go with the Xbox Series S and I will be pre-ordering one next week.
And no, I’m not a Microsoft fanboy! (I just hope it’s nothing like the balls up of the Sony pre-order system.) The reason I’ve decided to go for the Xbox Series S is mainly to do with the price. I’m nearly in my mid 50s now and I haven’t owned a console as such for many years (Capcom Home Arcade doesn’t count) and to be fair I don’t really play any specific games unless they’re old school shmups, etc. Or until at least the Lego Skywalker Saga game comes out, I can’t wait!
This is why I have decided on the Xbox Series S, because unfortunately I’m not a hardcore gamer, like most people on these very pages, I just want something that’s very reasonably priced and gets you on the ladder for the next generation. So I’m not really bothered about the 4K output, frame rates, etc. even though I watch 4K when I’m watching my football and movies on my telly.
I just hope it will be a kickstart for me when I do get an Xbox Series S and hopefully my gaming needs will be a lot greater once I see what is on offer and what I’ve actually missed out on recently.
Sting in the tail
In the end this is a pretty simple decision for me: I’m not paying £70 for a game so I only have one choice… stick with my Nintendo Switch and maybe buy a Switch Pro next year.
Seriously, I’ve had so much more fun with my Switch this gen I’m just interesting in getting into any more of Microsoft and Sony’s nonsense. Sony’s web of lies are already unravelling and I’m sure it won’t be long till we find the sting in Microsoft’s tail.
I get how appealing Game Pass for Microsoft’s range of consoles is (don’t make me write out their terrible, awful names) but unless you only ever play third party games – which is possible for many, actually – what exactly is unique about it? Fable 4 is not going to come out until Christmas 2022 at the very earliest, though more like Christmas 2024, and that’s assuming it’s the redemption story the series needs!
So, the PlayStation 5 is much more enticing. It has desirable games that will only be available on Sony’s machine. Well, at least for a while. You notice Final Fantasy 16 was exclusive to PlayStation 5? Yeah, that’s quite a coup if you stop to think about it. Either it’s not coming out for Microsoft’s consoles at all, or there will at least be a big wait for it! [It’s coming out a year later on Xbox – GC]
That said, the wait may well be worth it. Now, you’re going to have some write in to you defending the new RRP for exclusive PlayStation 5 games and I have no kind words to say about them. ‘Oh, but, but…’ they’ll wheeze. ‘I’d happily pay up to £100 for The Witcher 3 or Dark Souls or Zelda: Breath Of The Wild!’ That makes my blood boil.
It props up corporate exploitation and is a clear cut case of price gouging. I’ll tell you right now: games are too expensive at £40, never mind any higher! They are not luxury items! Would you pay £70 or more for a book? A film? Games are an entertainment product! £40-45 should be the absolute maximum amount a game charges!
There is no excuse for ripping off the customer in this way. It is not the customer’s fault that a game publisher can’t sell enough copies to make your money back! Damn right, I’m furious about it. And I will never, EVER pay such a ludicrous amount on a video game. It all makes me want to do serious harm to Jim Ryan, actually…
Probably not getting either console at or close to launch, if that wasn’t clear.
GC: Nobody has written in to defend the idea of spending £70 on a video game. You lost us at games not being a luxury item though.
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