The Next Generation of Gaming Has Arrived

By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor

OPINION

This week saw the release of new flagship consoles for Sony and Microsoft. Sony released the Playstation 5 on Nov. 12 and Microsoft released the Xbox Series X on Nov. 10.

Both consoles are priced at $499 but have cheaper alternatives. The Playstation 5 without a disk tray is $399 and the smaller, less powerful Xbox Series S without a disk tray is $299.    

Both consoles are truly innovative in their own ways.The new consoles promise 4K gaming at up to 120 frames-per-second plus ray tracing and faster loading speeds. 

The Playstation 5 has also innovated a lot in its controller functionality. The new controller, named the Dualsense, has haptic vibrations and rear triggers with variable tension. This is hard to explain without using the controller itself, but essentially the quality of the vibration has been improved. The Playstation 5 is now the biggest gaming console ever released standing at 15.4 inches which is about as tall as a bowling pin when standing up.

The Xbox Series X touts a robust backward compatibility system. While the Playstation 5 can run Playstation 4 games, The Series X will run Xbox One, Xbox 360 and some titles from the original Xbox. These games will also look and run better on the Series X. 

Due to the pandemic and high demand, both consoles are hard to get a hold of at the moment. Retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Amazon have been sold out since the console’s release. You can try your luck and keep an eye out for restocks here.

With the pandemic still raging and a second shutdown right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to invest in powerful gaming hardware. 

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