The Sony Playstation 5 being revealed on June 11, 2020. Reuters/Sony Interactive Entertainment.

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Playstation 5 (PS5) public unveiling on Thursday renewed a neverending debate among gamers on which is better: XBOX or Playstation?

While the consoles won’t be released until later this year, the media and consumers picked their own “winners” between the two after Microsoft released the specs of the Xbox Series X earlier this spring. The specifications of each console are almost identical, although the main difference between the two is storage capacity, with Xbox at 1 terabyte and PS5 at 825 gigabytes. The battle between Sony and Microsoft has mainly pertained to brand loyalty due to brand exclusive games played through each new generation of consoles. This year, however, differing price points could change all of that. Rumors suggest the Playstation 5 could be retailing at $800, with Xbox priced $100 cheaper. This could benefit Xbox as the company aims to convert Sony consumers to its product. 

With the launch of the PS5 yesterday, however, consumers were stunned with the design of the console. The Playstation will have a benefit over the upcoming Microsoft console as it comes in two different forms: disk drive and non-disk drive, which could open another market for casual gamers. Jim Ryan, head of Playstation, stated “We’re just acknowledging here that as time passes our community is becoming more digitally orientated.” Until the console’s launch, each company will continue to showcase to consumers why their console is the one to get.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Sony’s PlayStation 5 has more exclusives than the Xbox Series X can handle – British GQ – 6/12/2020 If every new console generation is a fight for the ages, then this current one has been a demolition job akin to Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II. To date, the PlayStation 4 makes up just over 50 per cent of the entire market, with more than 107 million consoles sold compared to the Xbox One’s almost paltry 47m. The secret sauce? A steady combination of affordable hardware and countless stellar exclusives such as The Last Of Us Part II, God Of War and Spider-Man

Here’s what we know about Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X game consoles so far – CNBC – 6/12/2020 Sony unveiled its highly-anticipated PlayStation 5 (PS5) console Thursday. It will compete directly against Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X when both game consoles launch later this year.

Xbox Series X Vs PlayStation 5: Which Next-Gen Console Has The Better Design? – Forbes – 6/11/2020 All told, I give Sony the win on design. There’s nothing wrong with the Xbox Series X or its gamepad, it just isn’t as exciting or new or bold as the PS5 and DualSense.

Sony PS5 Vs Microsoft Xbox Series X – which is more powerful? – Gizchina – 6/12/2020 As for the price, Microsoft has since shown its commitment to making the XSX cheaper than the PS5. At some points, there were reports that the XSX will be $100 cheaper than the PS5. Recently, Amazon in the UK suddenly launched a landing page for the Sony PS5. The weird thing about the landing page is that it comes with a price tag. The Amazon UK page shows that this console will sell for £599 ($759).

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Parris on Twitter 6/11/20: Xbox has a golden opportunity to capture some market share this holiday if they can have a strong launch lineup Halo Infinite Forza 8 and maybe two more good exclusive titles with a reasonable price for Series X and/or 🔒💚 will be critical for success July will be fun

Quinn Nelson on Twitter 6/11/20: The PS5 actually looks super cool and alien like. In a vacuum, I appreciate it. In the real world, I’d much rather have the Xbox Series X in my open-air entertainment center. But the games tho…. I vote Sony.

Brian Gaar on Twitter 6/11/20: Lol the PS5 already beat that Xbox Series X presentation with one game

Daniel Ahmad on Twitter 6/11/20: In summary, good showing for Sony and it has helped strengthen the brand overall. I’ll do something similar for Xbox for their event in July. I believe that they’re in a much stronger position this time and could really grow next gen due to its ecosystem / services focus.

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