Recently, I’ve caught my friend tweeting about his dedication to Sony’s console; that he wants to be the first one among people who test new exclusives right on the next-gen console PS5. Right after our chat, cnet published this article, and I was shocked because the idea of waiting until some time next year is circulating not only in my head. 

You see, Final Fantasy 16, God of War: Ragnarok, Halo Infinite, and Fable are all exclusives for both PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, these titles will only be available in the middle of 2021; before that time you’ll have to be playing the same games you’ve been enjoying on the previous-gen consoles.  

As a result, there’s no point purchasing either a PS5 or a Series X, but it’s not to say I’m here to talk you out of buying at all. 

It’s difficult to accept such an idea, knowing that both Sony and Microsoft spent 2020 leapfrogging backward, waiting to reveal some more information about their respective next-gen consoles. The game reached a dead end on September 9, when Microsoft revealed that Xbox Series X will see the world on November 10 and the price tag will be $500. 

The statement was not alone. The same day, Microsoft announced the cheaper, digital-only version Series S for $300. All gamers knew what that meant to Sony. The company chased its competitor the next week, disclosing that the PS5 will hit store shelves on November 12 and will also cost $500. However, the disc-less version will cost $400.

Every self-respecting gamer, console fan, or person who likes video games should express their joy at these events. Hesitations, arguments, and complaints are surfing around the internet and people are rushing to pre-order their consoles. Still, those who are lucky enough will get their beloved gadget in time, when those who Miss. Fortune didn’t kiss will get them later. Here appears the question: Are these efforts worth it for purchasing a PS5 or Series X this year? 

The answer is: no, they’re not.

Two different paths

There’s never been such a thing, but here we go again. Sony and Microsoft have chosen two different tactics to engage their new audience. Sony is trying to match the PS2 sales campaign, loading their title library with games you’ll be able to play only on PS5. Meanwhile, Microsoft is transforming the Series X into a service Terminator with the help of its Game Pass – the subscription service and Project xCloud which lets you play Xbox games on your phone. 

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While two consoles are fighting for one audience’s attention, we are speculating about how far from its philosophy can the company go. 

A second question appeared in my head: which game should I purchase at launch? The Xbox offers Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which are available on my Xbox One too. Of course, there’s also The Falconeer, Tetris Effect: Connected, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but I can confidently say that I don’t want to hit my ship with a bottle of steel water. 

PlayStation 5 didn’t run away with the championship so far. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Demon’s Souls are pretty amazing according to their gameplays. Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure are claimed to be PS5 exclusives, but they’ll also be coming to PS4. 

Time and Place

The exclusiveness of the offer is the engine for millions of people who are looking forward to buying new consoles. When the console finally comes home, they’ll find out that there are no games for the console. 

When you’re ready to invest in the console you’re investing in a body, though the games – the soul – requires some extra time to be ready. As a result, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X will be empty vessels without exclusives.

Sony has got a winning position here because it can offer Final Fantasy 16 and God of War Ragnarok in the near future. There’s also Gran Turismo 7, though there’s no clear release date. Microsoft can also offer some marvelous exclusives such as Halo Infinite, Fable, or Forza Motorsport, but there’s no information that confirms these games will be out next year.

If it’s your first time jumping into the console addiction, the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X are ideal for that. Both companies can offer wonderful Holiday 2020 titles as well as remastered versions of PS4/Xbox One classics which you’ll find in your PS Plus Collection and Xbox Smart Delivery.

For those who have been stewing in this for a long time, ask yourself: Are faster load times and improved graphics worth all this effort?