The competition between the Xbox Series X and the PS5 is more exciting than it has been for a long time. While Sony is still the market leader, Microsoft has caught up – and in these 7 aspects the Xbox has even left the PS5 behind.
After the painful flop of the Xbox One, Microsoft’s gaming department is on the rise and has been able to catch up with its competitor PlayStation in recent years. In some points the Xbox Series X|S even surpasses the PS5 – we show you 7 things Microsoft does better than Sony.
Xbox’s dedication to backwards compatibility has garnered a lot of goodwill from the community – lots of it Classics and insider tips from the Xbox and Xbox 360 era can now be played (in an optimized version) on Microsoft’s current consoles.
PlayStation’s approach to its own library seems to be a bad joke in direct comparison, many hits from the PS1, PS2 and PS3 era are unfortunately still unplayable on newer hardware or only accessible via PS Plus Extra or Premium.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) fans will find a clear winner in the comparison between the PS5 and the Xbox Series X|S: With Dolby Vision, Microsoft’s console has not only secured the license for what is probably currently the best industry standard, but also missed out on older games Auto HDR function, so games look so good on HDR capable screens like never before.
The PS5 also offers HDR, but Sony’s console cannot keep up with the Dolby license and the older games.
In the sometimes confusing transition from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S and PS4 to PS5, Microsoft has made things easier for gamers than Sony in many cases. With the Smart Delivery feature will always deliver the best possible version of a game installed on your Xbox – no headaches and mostly without extra costs for the next-gen consoles.
In contrast, Sony has caused plenty of fan trouble with obscure PS4 and PS5 versions, as well as €10 upgrades for next-gen editions.
The Xbox Series X|S home screen doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does enough right to be intuitive and easy to use. In addition, you can adapt the screen to your own taste with a few tricks – Background pattern and color scheme included.
With the PS5, fans have been complaining since the launch that the PS4 theme feature is missing and the home screen can no longer be individually adjusted.
With VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) screen tearing should be avoided. The feature is currently available on the Xbox Series X|S – However, Sony keeps PS5 owners waiting for it.
There is simply no getting around the Game Pass in the gaming industry at the moment. Microsoft’s subscription service combines one rich selection of day-one releases, blockbuster and highly acclaimed indie games for an affordable monthly price.
The newly designed PS Plus cannot keep up with this offer – especially since Sony is still keeping important information about the available games behind the mountain.
A matter of taste, but nonetheless a question with a clear answer: Which console fits better in the living room? In the very rarest of cases, this should be the PS5, because Sony’s console, at least in its shrill white basic form, doesn’t fit anywhere when you look at it closely.