PS5 or Xbox Series X? Which next-gen consoles we’re buying and why

We’re extraordinarily near next-gen consoles and we’re excited! The Xbox Series X and Series S launches on November 10. The PlayStation 5 hits shops two days in a while November 12. 

However which one do you have to purchase? Which one can you purchase now that pre-orders are out the window? 

That is a difficult query with a number of layers to dissect. The reply is, after all, it relies upon. Do you personal a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Sport Move? Are you a Halo fan or a God of War fan? Do you want Bethesda video games or Naughty Canine video games?

We thought we would ask the devoted avid gamers on PJDM’s workers which consoles they’re planning to purchase and in what order.

Mark Serrels


When you have a 4K TV you probably need to go along with the Collection X over the Collection S.


I’ve thought lengthy and onerous about this and I am fairly certain I will find yourself with each an Xbox Collection X and a PlayStation 5.

As an proprietor of a 4K LG OLED, I’ve zero curiosity within the Xbox Collection S, regardless of the actual fact I really like the design. The very fact the console does not assist 4K gaming ensures I will be selecting up a Collection X as an alternative. 

I believe the Collection X would be the most suitable option for cross platform video games this technology and Sport Move is an unimaginable service so, for me, an Xbox Collection X is a should. I really like how seamlessly it runs last-gen video games with tremendous excessive frame-rates at 4K. It’s going to be some time earlier than must-play next-gen titles trickle in in order that’s one other essential promoting level for me.

I am going to additionally choose up a PS5 although — in all probability the digital version. I have never purchased a field copy of a online game in years, regardless of the actual fact they’re barely cheaper right here in Australia. I just like the comfort of getting all my video games saved on a tough drive and I just like the decrease price of the digital version itself.

Which console will I purchase first? Relies upon which one I can get to be trustworthy. Most definitely I am going to choose up the PS5 if I can — purely as a result of I need to play the Demon’s Souls remake. However I will be grabbing an Xbox Collection X both on the similar time or instantly afterwards.

Steph Panecasio

I feel at this level I’ve settled on getting the digital version of the Ps 5, however not at launch. The hype is fairly intensive and I am having fun with being a spectator for the console warfare drama, however I might quite wait till it is really essential to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can nonetheless do the job effectively sufficient and I’ve received no cause to improve simply but. 

So sure, once I do, I am going to go for the Ps first. Traditionally I might get each, however I must cease being a hoarder on the subject of consoles and video games (you are taking a look at the one that inexplicably has seven bodily copies of The Witcher 3). 

By choosing just one console (at the least to begin) I am saving an enormous chunk of house on my TV cupboard — have you ever seen the scale of this stuff? And by choosing the digital mannequin, I am liberating up house in my bookshelves for, effectively, precise books. 

As for Xbox, I am nonetheless extremely tempted by the Game Pass service, I will not lie. Will I get one finally? Possibly. I am half hoping my companion will get one himself, thus eradicating the necessity for me to fret about forking over extra cash. Excuse me whereas I ship this text to him for future reference.

Dan Ackerman


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Who am I kidding, I am getting them each. I’ve already pre-ordered a Xbox Collection X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it is for “skilled growth,” plus, as horrible as this sounds, I identical to going via all of the menus and setup and output choices and all the things. That is what occurs after you’re employed at PJDM for a sure variety of years. 

Funnily sufficient, I used to be by no means into console video games as a child. After the Atari 2600, I used to be proper onto my Tandy TRS-80 Coloration Pc (aka, the Trash 80), and largely PC gaming via my teen and faculty years, however not even a lot of that. My return to consoledom began once I caught a live-action TV advert for Resident Evil 2 again within the late 1990s and stated,” Wow, that appears like a George Romero film, I’ve received to get a kind of…” Lower than a yr later, I used to be working at an early online game web site ( and protecting the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I’ve had each console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U

I’m skipping the Collection S, no want with my 4K LG OLED TV (in all probability the most-common TV amongst PJDM editors) and, frankly, I am not thrilled concerning the launch recreation lineup on both console. No must-haves for me, and there is not even a next-gen model of Cyberpunk 2077. I might love my Spider-Man save to switch to the PS5, however that is about as a lot as I care about backwards compatibility. I usually have zero curiosity in revisiting outdated video games. They’re by no means nearly as good as you bear in mind. For those who’re anxious about enjoying Good Darkish or Halo 1 or something like that on a new-for-2020 console, you would possibly as effectively simply make the complete leap and begin enjoying Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer


Horizon Forbidden West will probably be a should play on PS5.


I will make this brief and candy: I’m not a fan of brutalism and I discover the design of the Xbox Collection X personally offensive. If my niece comes to go to, I must child proof the field lest she falls and blinds herself on the nook. Plus, I simply actually actually like Horizon Zero Dawn and need to play the sequel. 

That stated I am going to in all probability finally get the Xbox Collection S as a result of I really feel like it could look good subsequent to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the unique Xbox and I’ll all the time have a comfortable spot for the outdated boy — I might be betraying my roots if I did not choose up an Xbox once more.

Daniel Van Growth

Finally, I am going to purchase each a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Collection X. By the top of 2020? I’ll have bought neither.

I get pleasure from system wars as a lot as the subsequent man, however proper now the joy round each next-gen consoles is a bit too theoretical. Microsoft‘s Sport Move-centred mannequin, wherein the Collection S/X are basically {hardware} to energy the Xbox streaming service, may change the trade. Sony‘s renewed fanaticism about unique titles may lead to extra must-play first-party video games.

However each prospects lie in 2021 and past. Come November, there will not be many video games on both console you’ll be able to’t play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, which means there isn’t any rush to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Collection S/X.

For the longer term, I believe I am going to purchase a PS5 first. Each consoles will probably be purchased with a disc drive — it makes it simpler to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. 

Lori Grunin

Let’s break up “Lori Grunin” in two: The reviewer and the true particular person. Each ended up agreeing that the Xbox Collection S is the most suitable choice as a result of cash and Sport Move Final. 


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Personally, a console is competing with the necessity for an expensive new telephone, a brand new iPad Pro and a brand new full-frame digicam and lenses, together with a cranky outdated biddy of a cat who wants dental work and who has costly style in meals. I’ve nonetheless received a 1080p TV, which I have never watched since reducing the wire some time again. I do not significantly need to chip in for a brand new one as a result of I am a cranky outdated biddy of an individual with costly style in gear.

Whereas Lori the reviewer toyed with the concept of a PS5, Sport Move Final and day one availability for brand new exclusives bought the Xbox to each side of my mind. 

However I might by no means have preordered something, as a result of as a rule I contemplate it insane to spend cash on nearly something over $50 earlier than it has been out for at the least just a few months and has had an opportunity to be debugged and dissected advert nauseum. I’ve additionally had years of publicity to the newest and biggest of all the things to study to recover from the FOMO for many of it. 

Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three totally different websites for all of them when preorders went reside.

Jackson Ryan

Would like to see a brand new console technology outlined by the distinctive experiences it will possibly carry to video games, quite than enhancements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles really feel like souped up current-gens.

I’ve a wonderfully good Nintendo Switch. That can see me via till there’s an absolute should play on both of those bilious packing containers.

Sean Keane

After a lot thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest model of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon’s Souls remake. However the deciding issue was Resident Evil Village. I do know the console will not get a value drop earlier than that comes out subsequent yr (Capcom hadn’t hinted at a PS4 model earlier than I preordered).


Miles Morales goes to work.

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I am nonetheless utilizing a launch PS4 and do not intend to get no matter mid-generational PS5 improve Sony places out, so I am going to wring loads of worth out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan — to play the remaining PS4 video games in 4K and transfer totally onto the next-gen when it actually will get began in late 2021.

To maximise the probability of getting video games as cheaply as attainable, I’ve opted for the mannequin with disc drive. Although most of my purchases are digital, I do not need to give Sony an excessive amount of energy. Additionally my associates typically give me bodily video games as presents.

As for Xbox Collection X, I am nonetheless undecided. I used to be all concerning the Xbox 360, however the Xbox One by no means had an unique recreation that made the console irresistible. Microsoft’s buy of Bethesda actually makes a killer Collection X unique (Collection Xclusive?) extra possible, however I am going to wait and see.

Sport Move is a reasonably nice service, however my already massive backlog makes it a much less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

Whereas I’ve been searching for each the Xbox Collection X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I to date have solely preordered the Xbox. After rising up enjoying all three generations of Xbox, I’ve been swayed in the direction of PlayStation in recent times via video games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Present. 

I am an enormous sports activities gamer and whereas most up-to-date titles have lacked noticeable or recreation altering enhancements on current-gen, the new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what each of those new methods can supply. 

The insane battle to seek out someplace to preorder a PS5 has saved me within the Xbox camp, at the least for proper now. As somebody who does not have a big catalog of PlayStation discs, I can not carry myself to justify shelling out the additional $100 for the common PS5 (primarily based on early reports, I may very well be in for an extended wait because it looks like Digital consoles are in shorter provide than disc ones). Throw within the rising prices for next-gen PlayStation controllers and main video games and I really feel like there are even higher makes use of for that cash than a disc drive I nearly actually will not use. I can not even bear in mind the final time I used a disc usually — PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, just a few components swayed me together with the truth that I’ve a Sport Move subscription, am actually intrigued by xCloud and that I’ve family and friends planning to get one. Whereas I assumed concerning the Collection S, with my TCL 6 Collection has 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient and like Serrels the enchantment of 4K gaming was sufficient to get me to decide on the larger system. 

Plus, I used to be fortunate sufficient to see it out there on Amazon to put the order (even when it now might now not arrive on the 10th). 

Eric Franklin

Because the launch of the Xbox One X I’ve develop into a primarily Xbox participant. Microsoft’s providers like Play Wherever, xCloud and naturally Xbox Sport Move deal with my gaming wants as a dad with two younger youngsters and never a number of time to himself. 

So I’ve opted to preorder each the Xbox Collection X for my lounge and an Xbox Collection S for my residence workplace. 

The Collection X will change my One X and the Collection S will double up with my newly constructed PC on my model new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In actuality, I am going to possible find yourself enjoying on the Collection S essentially the most since my spouse will get first dibs on our 4K TV. 

As for video games, whereas I am trying ahead to attempting just a few launch video games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I am equally as excited by enjoying my present big backlog of recreation like The Outer Worlds, Doom Everlasting and the Yakuza collection — I am nonetheless early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness — with sooner load instances and the flexibility to rapidly change between them — I get bored simply — with the Fast Resume function.

Since Microsoft revealed these options in March, the brand new Xbox has occupied approach an excessive amount of of my brainspace, however quickly it should have an opportunity to reside as much as my approach too excessive expectations for it.

As for the PS5, I am going to possible get one finally, however might wait till they slim that pet down — have you ever heard? It is huge. 

Oscar Gonzalez

I am often a two-console form of gamer, however my unique plan for this technology was to begin off with the PS5 after which finally get my arms on an Xbox Collection X. The dearth of a powerful, unique launch recreation — for me, it could have been Halo: Infinite — makes Microsoft’s next-gen console rather less enticing. 

That modified with EA Play’s inclusion into Video games Move and seeing Fast Resume in motion. Whereas sure, I will play Video games Move titles on my Xbox One, the concept of getting all of the video games I am enjoying via out there to play inside seconds of one another is one thing I did not know I needed. As a man who desires to leap into totally different multiplayer video games akin to Name of Responsibility: Warzone, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and even Fortnite in addition to work on numerous single-player video games just like the Murderer’s Creed and Far Cry video games, the Fast Resume goes to be the function designed only for me. 


Epic Video games

Due to that, I’ve a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Collection X. As tempted as I’m to go totally digital this technology, the actual fact is that new bodily video games at launch, or weeks after launch, are likely to go on sale. Digital model do not. Retailers are additionally faster to drop the value of video games in the event that they fail to promote at launch whereas digital titles take for much longer earlier than a major sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Collection X would be the Video games Move machine whereas the PS5 is for Sony printed titles and different exclusives. It is the most effective of each worlds and at the most effective value. 

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Mark Serrels