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

We’re perilously near the launch of subsequent era consoles. The Xbox Series X and Series S launches on November 10. The PlayStation 5 hits shops two days in a while November 12. 

(In case you have been fortunate sufficient to snag a preorder.)

However which one do you have to purchase? 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 Recreation Cross? 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 employees which consoles they’re planning to purchase and in what order.

Mark Serrels


When you have a 4K TV you almost certainly wish to go together with the Sequence X over the Sequence S.


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

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

I think the Sequence X would be the best option for cross platform video games this era and Recreation Cross is an unbelievable service so, for me, an Xbox Sequence X is a should. I 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 necessary promoting level for me.

I will additionally choose up a PS5 although — most likely the digital version. I have never purchased a field copy of a online game in years, regardless of the very 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 sincere. Most certainly I will choose up the PS5 if I can — purely as a result of I wish to play the Demon’s Souls remake. However I will be grabbing an Xbox Sequence X both on the identical 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 in depth and I am having fun with being a spectator for the console conflict drama, however I might slightly wait till it is truly essential to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can nonetheless do the job effectively sufficient and I’ve obtained no cause to improve simply but. 

So sure, once I do, I will go for the Ps first. Traditionally I might get each, however I have to cease being a hoarder in relation to 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 (not less than to begin) I am saving an enormous chunk of area on my TV cupboard — have you ever seen the dimensions of these items? And by choosing the digital mannequin, I am releasing up area 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 ultimately? Possibly. I am half hoping my accomplice will get one himself, thus eradicating the necessity for me to fret about forking over additional 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 Sequence X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it is for “skilled improvement,” plus, as horrible as this sounds, I identical to going by way of all of the menus and setup and output choices and the whole lot. 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 Shade Laptop (aka, the Trash 80), and largely PC gaming by way of my teen and school 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 mentioned,” Wow, that appears like a George Romero film, I’ve obtained to get a kind of…” Lower than a 12 months 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 Sequence S, no want with my 4K LG OLED TV (most likely the most-common TV amongst PJDM editors) and, frankly, I am not thrilled in regards to the launch sport 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 typically have zero curiosity in revisiting outdated video games. They’re by no means nearly as good as you keep in mind. In case you’re anxious about enjoying Excellent Darkish or Halo 1 or something like that on a new-for-2020 console, you would possibly as effectively simply make the total leap and begin enjoying Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer


Horizon Forbidden West shall be a should play on PS5.


I will make this quick and candy: I’m not a fan of brutalism and I discover the design of the Xbox Sequence 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 wish to play the sequel. 

That mentioned I will most likely ultimately get the Xbox Sequence S as a result of I really feel like it will look good subsequent to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the unique Xbox and I’ll at all times have a delicate spot for the outdated boy — I’d be betraying my roots if I did not choose up an Xbox once more.

Daniel Van Growth

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

I take pleasure in system wars as a lot as the subsequent man, however proper now the joy round each next-gen consoles is somewhat too theoretical. Microsoft‘s Recreation Cross-centred mannequin, by which the Sequence S/X are primarily {hardware} to energy the Xbox streaming service, might change the trade. Sony‘s renewed fanaticism about unique titles might end in 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 may’t play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, which means there isn’t any rush to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Sequence S/X.

For the longer term, I think I will purchase a PS5 first. Each consoles shall 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 actual individual. Each ended up agreeing that the Xbox Sequence S is the best choice as a result of cash and Recreation Cross Final. 


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Personally, a console is competing with the necessity for a dear new cellphone, 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 obtained a 1080p TV, which I have never watched since chopping the twine some time again. I do not notably wish 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 thought of a PS5, Recreation Cross Final and day one availability for brand spanking new exclusives bought the Xbox to either side of my mind. 

However I’d by no means have preordered something, as a result of as a rule I contemplate it insane to spend cash on virtually something over $50 earlier than it has been out for not less than a number of months and has had an opportunity to be debugged and dissected advert nauseum. I’ve additionally had years of publicity to the newest and best of the whole lot 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 stay.

Jackson Ryan

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

I’ve a wonderfully good Nintendo Switch. That may see me by way of till there’s an absolute should play on both of those bilious 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 12 months (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 will wring loads of worth out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan — to play the remaining PS4 video games in 4K and transfer absolutely onto the next-gen when it actually will get began in late 2021.

To maximise the chance of getting video games as cheaply as doable, I’ve opted for the mannequin with disc drive. Despite the fact that most of my purchases are digital, I do not wish to give Sony an excessive amount of energy. Additionally my pals generally give me bodily video games as presents.

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

Recreation Cross is a fairly nice service, however my already massive backlog makes it a much less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

Whereas I’ve been in search of each the Xbox Sequence X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I to this point have solely preordered the Xbox. After rising up enjoying all three generations of Xbox, I’ve been swayed in direction of PlayStation in recent times by way of 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 sport altering enhancements on current-gen, the new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what each of those new techniques can provide. 

The insane battle to seek out someplace to preorder a PS5 has saved me within the Xbox camp, not less than for proper now. As somebody who does not have a big catalog of PlayStation discs, I am unable to carry myself to justify shelling out the additional $100 for the common PS5 (based mostly on early reports, I may very well be in for an extended wait because it looks as if 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 virtually actually will not use. I am unable to even keep in mind the final time I used a disc typically — PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, a number of components swayed me together with the truth that I’ve a Recreation Cross subscription, am actually intrigued by xCloud and that I’ve family and friends planning to get one. Whereas I assumed in regards to the Sequence S, with my TCL 6 Sequence has 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient and like Serrels the attraction 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 grow to be a primarily Xbox participant. Microsoft’s providers like Play Anyplace, xCloud and naturally Xbox Recreation Cross tackle 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 Sequence X for my lounge and an Xbox Sequence S for my dwelling workplace. 

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

As for video games, whereas I am trying ahead to making an attempt a number of launch video games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I am equally as fascinated about enjoying my present big backlog of sport like The Outer Worlds, Doom Everlasting and the Yakuza sequence — I am nonetheless early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness — with sooner load occasions and the power to rapidly change between them — I get bored simply — with the Fast Resume characteristic.

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

As for the PS5, I will seemingly get one ultimately, however might wait till they slim that pet down — have you ever heard? It is massive. 

Oscar Gonzalez

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

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


Epic Video games

Due to that, I’ve a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X. As tempted as I’m to go completely digital this era, the very fact is that new bodily video games at launch, or weeks after launch, are inclined 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 big sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Sequence X would be the Video games Cross machine whereas the PS5 is for Sony revealed titles and different exclusives. It is the perfect of each worlds and at the perfect value. 

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Mark Serrels