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What kind of player are you? Are you someone who believes with all my heart that the brand and the product that you support, whether the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox or even Nintendo Switch, are higher than the rest of the competition? Or are you someone who sees through the nonsense that is a console war, realizing and fully respecting irrespective of what an individual chooses to spend his money, in 2020, he will buy a fine piece of sacrament matériel. I fall into the latter, and here’s why.
Since Sony has finally revealed the specifications of the next PlayStation 5, we should start with a direct comparison between the two next-generation consoles to come.
On paper, the Xbox X Series ahead of the SP5 in some categories — The SP5 will use AMD heart Zen 2 3.5 GHz, while the X Series will feature the same unit, only a 3.8 GHz versions. Both consoles will also have a similar SSD, the Sony version with a capacity of 825 GB, and the X series of one terabyte. The differences here are significant, even though it may seem attractive to have nearly 200 GB of extra space on the new Xbox, keep in mind that the main games often turn to 100 GB or more. Anyway, the two discs will offer a significantly enhanced console speed, as players have never seen before.
However, the real meat fans conversations lied in the differences between the GPU. Both consoles will both feature AMD GPU RDNA 2; However, the version of the X series will be 12 teardrops, in contrast to the 10.28 of SP5. The Teardrops are direct mathematical measures the performance of a computer. In general, more teardrops mean better graphics and faster speeds, but this is not always the case, and I sincerely believe that the SP5 technically less powerful give the X Series a run for its money.
Again, while the X series will be 10% better in terms of teardrops, I want to return to the SSD, because it really is the ace in the hole for the SP5. Take a look at the following quote from TheSixthAxis:
The X Series SSD Xbox 1 TB is equivalent to a 3.0 PCIe drive upscale, with a throughput of 2.4 GB / s, which is doubled to 4.8 GB / s compression. Meanwhile, the SSD 825 GB PlayStation 5 fully adopts PCIe 4.0 speeds, has a throughput of 5.5 GB / s, which could be improved to 8 or 9 GB / s with compression. This is faster than anything available on the market today with PCIe 4.0 SSD now exceeding 5 GB / s. »
So we have a console with a number of teardrop higher and a console with an SSD promising twice the speed of its competitor. Here’s the thing though — None of this has any importance. Forget all the hubbub about the graphics and speed and everything seems to be a decisive factor in which the console is to be recognized as superior. Try to understand that this is not (and I do not think he was ever thus) system that is best technically — it’s the journey.
MLB The Show, a franchise that exists only on Sony consoles for twenty-three years, was officially announced for the Xbox and the Switch. It is a decision to which non PlayStation baseball fans have reacted with joy, because they were finally able to share the love for The Show that many of us have. And although this is a baseball game, I think this decision is indicative of what we will see in the future. Even including developers who are signed exclusively for a brand, what financial sense does it continue to do to cut two-thirds of your base of potential players?
I’m not saying that each of your favorite franchises may follow the path of the shared custody. But then again, I’m not saying they will not do it. I have no trouble imagining Nathan Drake on Xbox. Marcus Felix or on a Nintendo console. Even new exclusives announced as Godfall, are as exclusive as do their contracts. Having consoles with more parity than ever do will lend itself to be better equipped when the time comes to expand the horizons of a franchise. Just like MLB The Show.
It is also important to keep in mind the relationship Microsoft and Nintendo have established in the last two years. Previous tracks that have never been imagined only on an Xbox system have come from the switch, and continue to have as much success on a platform entirely distincter than what they were intended. Cup head and ORI and The Blind Forest are both out of the switch for a success and universal success, which does not at all difficult to see the potential of a more serious partnership.
Then there is the crossed game. If there was a marker above all the others, signaling the end of the wars on console, it is a crossed game. Call of Duty: War zone is the latest major version to offer a crossed game that works with the PC, the Xbox One and the PS4. The system is strong, intuitive, and in addition to being shaken by people using a keyboard and a mouse instead of a controller, a lot of fun. It was a surreal experience for me the first time I charged in a game that had me on the PlayStation, a friend on his Xbox and another friend on his PC. It struck me, like a crack with a Kendo stick, that the future is not in the success of the individual console and the exclusives, but rather to what extent the developers will gather each system and player.
I remember being a young man and having trouble choosing between an Xbox or a PlayStation. It was not always as clear, but fortunately, it is not 2001, and although we still have the same number of variables as to what we can choose, the choice is easier than ever. These systems are the culmination of years of work, years of planning and, literally, thousands of spirits spilling their hearts and souls in what they love. And this love work shines more than ever with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. There is no console war. There is no bad choice. Unless you choose Google Stadia, but that’s another item for another time.
In a world filled with uncertainties, one thing I can tell you without the shadow of a doubt is that in this holiday season, we are going all play something incredible.