The Xbox Series X isn’t perfect, but it does have a few elements that outperform the competition
And it happened! It so happened that the new generation of consoles from Microsoft finally came to my home. Permanent and owned. So although I’ve had the opportunity to use it before in a way, now – thanks to the kindness of Santa Claus – the situation will be much more comfortable, and I’ve been able to play with Xbox Series X for long hours in recent days and jump from it to PS5 and vice versa .
And they are two devices that are currently at the forefront. And thanks to the comparison in a literal side-by-side comparison, I was able to compare both of these devices much easier. Of course, I have already written about the advantages of the Sony console many times, so today I would like to take up the topic a bit from the other side. Focus on the advantages of Xbox Series X against the background of the biggest rival. And there is no shortage of those.
However, I encourage you not to treat this text under the pretext of a console war or something similar. Both devices have a lot of advantages and also a lot of disadvantages. I couldn’t choose a better one, because there will always be some failures and victories. And it is best to come out of such a duel based on your own experience and, in a sense, on other people’s discoveries. It’s worth focusing on. Here are the elements where Microsoft rocked!
Let me start with something so prosaic that it is not obvious. The fact is, however, that the first thing that catches our eye when receiving the equipment is their packaging. Luckily, I received them undamaged in both cases. In both cases the situation was so comfortable that the couriers did a great job.
However, putting aside the emotions accompanying the new consoles (after all, they can blind you like the setting sun in a clear sky), just opening both devices was a completely different experience for me. In theory, I should be more charmed by the PS5, because it was the gateway to a new generation for me. And in practice, it turned out that I had much more fun opening the Xbox.
Why? Well – contrary to appearances, the packaging matters. And anyone who has worked at Apple since Steve Jobs will tell you that. When a customer pays a large sum for anything, he wants to feel appreciated by the seller. And opening the XSX felt exactly like unboxing a new iPad or MacBook. However absurd it may sound, you could really feel appeased by Microsoft.
Xbox Game Pass
Nowadays, as there is no Sony without their exclusive games, there is no Microsoft without Game Pass. The service even outperformed the competition in terms of innovation and capabilities, and it is hard to imagine that anyone with gaming equipment from the American technological giant would not be provided with an extremely advantageous subscription.
The selection of games is really huge. And while after the renovation of PlayStation Plus, it is relatively similar, Game Pass still makes a slightly better impression. First of all – the quality of the titles is somehow higher, and secondly – very often they appear in the premiere formula. This also applies to the biggest hits from studios under Microsoft, which, after all, are growing every year.
When it comes to this feature, it is a perfect example of one that you will only appreciate when you use it. To be honest, it wasn’t useful to me before. Or in other words – I didn’t quite understand what is so delightful about the fact that you can quickly switch from one game to another, like between tabs in a browser. However, as it happens, practice is the best teacher.
And she quickly convinced me how great and convenient this thing is. I’m running around Mexico in Forza Horizon 5, so that I can throw myself into Minecraft Dungeons in just a moment, when my fiancée also wants to explore some virtual worlds. Then a few seconds and I’m racing in fancy cars again, and after a while I start Stardew Valley. It’s just convenience in its purest form.
You don’t need to own both consoles to understand what a huge advantage Xbox has over PlayStation is early compatibility. This topic returns like a boomerang, and unfortunately, even despite considerable pressure before the premiere of both current-generation devices in 2020, Sony has not decided to take a bold step (which is actually dictated by certain limitations that are supposedly not jumpable).
Fortunately, such a high bar was no obstacle for Microsoft and I immediately started using the fact that many games can simply be launched from the Xbox Series X level. My X360 has been put aside, and, for example, Fight Night Champions now flashes quickly and without need to insert the disc into the drive. And this is just the beginning, because the library in this case is really impressive.
At the very end, an element with which I did not make any kind of comparisons and juxtapositions. I didn’t measure the noise and I didn’t try to put it on a scale. However, I have the irresistible impression that the Xbox Series X is much more muted. The fan is practically inaudible, and if it wasn’t for the LED in the logo that is also a button, I probably wouldn’t even know if the equipment was turned on.
PlayStation 5, although it is a cosmic leap in terms of volume compared to my well-worn PlayStation 4, seems louder. The comfort of use is still huge and it is nothing that would spoil the fun, but after firing both devices the difference is quite noticeable. Well, actually she was right at the beginning. I believe that on the occasion of the next literature (PS5 Pro?), we will be able to slightly equalize the achievements in this respect.
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