Surprising in very good ways
As a PlayStation fanboy from the original all the way to PS4, I was intrigued at how graphically this console outshines PS5 in a number of games. We shall see how it plays out in the future, but for now, a lot of the previous gen games and even new titles perform with a higher resolution and/or framerate vs Sony's machine. Loading times are next to nothing thanks to the SSD, and Quick Resume is perhaps it's best feature (in a sizeable amount of features that I didn't expect). For now PS5 has nothing like it and that's a detriment to it.
I don't understand the difference in hype between the two consoles. Yes, they're still both hard to come by at the time of writing this review (which is a good 3-4 months after launch) and I daresay it'll be hard to grab from retailers for the foreseeable future. But the resell value on the Series X is way less than the PS5 which further adds to its appeal. I will still grab the PS5 for the exclusives, but apart from that (and maybe the main online games I play with friends), I'll be grabbing games for this console.
As a first-time Xbox adopter I'm very impressed. It's extremely quiet in comparison to my PS4 Pro. The controller's textured handles and triggers really feel premium and new (even if replacing AA batteries does not). The interface was confusing at first but I now have a handle on it.
Game Pass is that other killer feature as well. So glad you can now select whatever you want in a large selection of games spanning 4 generations, for as little as £11 a month. And that includes Xbox Live as well.
All-in-all, I'm extremely impressed, and I predict it to be a sleeper hit, if not a huge commercial and critical success
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