The electronics and gaming giant Sony has seen considerable attention recently following the announcement of their next-generation console the PlayStation 5. Directly competing against Microsoft's Xbox series of systems, Sony has now revealed the pricing structure of the PS5 with speculators predicting the company's next-gen success.
In the current console gaming market, Microsoft and Sony are the most direct competitors. While Nintendo is also a strong name in gaming, its recent shift to less powerful and more esoteric devices have generally excluded it from the high-performance console gaming market.
Going by this disparity, the fight between Sony and Microsoft has often been the most pronounced. This began in the sixth console gaming generation, where the original Xbox launched against the PlayStation 2. In this age, the PlayStation 2 was the most successful console by far, as explained in this article by Forbes.
As the most popular gaming console of time, the PS2 sold more than 155 million units, compared to the Xbox's 24 million. The following two generations also went to Sony, with 87 vs 86 million and 110 vs 50 million units sold, respectively. Given this pattern, the base prediction is that that the PS5 will start with a distinct advantage.
The Next Generation
The success of a platform's launch isn't necessarily bound by legacy alone, as most casual users will also put an enormous emphasis on cost. There was a dispute as to how expensive the next-gen systems would be, though the results ended up tamer than many spectators predicted. Following Microsoft's announcement, Sony established a starting cost of $499 for its PS5 version with a disk drive and $399 for the digital-only system. This position the higher-tier model at the same cost of the new Xbox Series X, while the less-powerful Xbox Series S is slated for a $299 price tag.
In terms of next-gen potential, both systems include options that have fans excited. The key among these is a much faster solid-state storage drive, which will vastly increase loading speed in titles like Grand Theft Auto and other open-world games. So advanced are these new drives, that loading speeds can see a ten times reduction at the very least.
Both also boast improved internet integration, making them more viable for online tasks and even browser gaming. This is a major positive for fans of casino websites like those on CasinoWings. Formerly inaccessible, the new consoles should allow flawless playback alongside the previously console-inaccessible bonuses like deposit matches and free spins. Along with the increased loading speeds from their solid-state storage drives, online casinos could become more of an option on consoles considering the growth of the industry in recent years.
The deciding factor, then, looks to be one of momentum and next-gen offers. In this regard, Sony has the lead. For offers, Sony leans much more heavily into platform exclusives, games that exist on their system, and nowhere else. Microsoft has largely abandoned this idea, meaning their next Xbox is devoid of 'system sellers'.
Arguably the most important component on Microsoft's side is their inclusion of a unique payment plan. In this two-year commitment, players are given access to two major services in the Xbox Ultimate Pass and EA Play, both of which give unlimited access to a wide range of popular titles. These services are still largely unknown to the wider gaming public, however, so whether or not they act as a major selling point remains to be seen.
With launches slated for November, it's not long until the ninth-gen console wars hit shelves worldwide. At this time, Sony seems to be in the best position, but potential launch issues in gaming are not unheard of. As for how the generation will develop and who will eventually come out on top, that remains another question entirely.
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