Xbox Series S – better than a PS5?
A reader who owns both a PS5 and Xbox Series S explains why it’s Sony’s more powerful machine that’s the one gathering dust.
I’ve never owned an Xbox before and apart from a four week fling some years ago, borrowing a friend’s Xbox 360 to try out Fable, I’ve never really played one or had the desire to.
Like many gamers, I made a choice early with a PlayStation 1 on stuck to it. I would not consider myself a PlayStation fanboy, but like any brand advocate I was happy to share my love for the console and games with anyone that’d listen. Was I glad when Sony seemingly won the console war battle with the PlayStation 4? Sure, but who doesn’t want their life choices validated in some way?
My decision to stick with Sony became deeply rooted in the games and exclusives, which over the years turned into nostalgia. From Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, and Grand Turismo through to modern day classics like Uncharted and The Last Of Us they all created memories as I went along.
And if games weren’t enough the introduction of Trophies with the PlayStation 3 kept me coming back for more. Suddenly I had a personal investment, even if I’d wanted to switch would I really throw away my shiny collection of Trophies and the years of grinding that went into it? Not on your nelly!
That brings me to this current juncture, the next generation of consoles. I was always going to get a PlayStation 5 (and I was lucky enough to snag a pre-order on Amazon for launch) and at the same time never even considered an Xbox Series X.
But wait, what’s this? A next generation console for £250 and Xbox Games Pass Ultimate that can give me access to loads of games I’d heard my Xbox friends rave about? Plus it’s released over a week earlier, why not? This was it, something I consider a no regrets spend – if I didn’t like it I could always sell it on it on.
So why am I finding myself still playing the Xbox Series S even though I have a PlayStation 5?! It’s a simple answer that was in front of me this whole time: games, games, games! I’ve just opened up a world of new content I’ve never tapped into, fresh gameplay keeping me engaged and entertained.
Yes, it also has the trappings of being a fast and 4K capable machine, but it’s these unexplored games that have captivated me and for the same reason the PlayStation 5 isn’t doing it for me yet: it may be the hottest launch line-up ever on release date, but none of these titles excite me. Maybe things could have been different if Cyberpunk 2077 was released at launch.
So here I am, feeling like I’ve cheated on my girlfriend, playing Forza, Gears Tactics, and Ori to name but a few. This fling may be short lived, with so much more on the horizon and so many great games to be released (most of which are due in 2021), but for now I’m enjoying my time with the Xbox, even if feeling a little guilty about it. At least I know the PlayStation 5 is ready and waiting for when I return.
By reader XtreamXTC
The reader’s feature does not necessary represent the views of GameCentral or Metro.
For more stories like this, check our Gaming page.