Xbox Sequence or PS5? Which next-gen consoles we’re shopping for and why


We’re perilously near the launch of subsequent era consoles. The Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S launches on November 10. The PlayStation 5 hits shops two days afterward November 12. 

(In case you have been fortunate sufficient to snag a preorder.)

However which one must you purchase? That is a tough query with a number of layers to dissect. The reply is, after all, it relies upon. Do you personal a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Recreation Move? Are you a Halo fan or a God of Struggle fan? Do you want Bethesda video games or Naughty Canine video games?

We thought we might ask the devoted avid gamers on CNET’s employees which consoles they’re planning to purchase and in what order.

Mark Serrels


When you have a 4K TV you probably need to go together with the Sequence X over the Sequence S.


I’ve thought lengthy and exhausting about this and I am fairly positive I will find yourself with each an Xbox Sequence X and a PlayStation 5.

As an proprietor of a 4K LG OLED, I’ve zero curiosity within the Xbox Sequence S, regardless of the very fact I really like the design. The actual fact the console would not assist 4K gaming ensures I will be choosing up a Sequence X as a substitute. 

I think the Sequence X would be the best option for cross platform video games this era and Recreation Move is an unimaginable service so, for me, an Xbox Sequence X is a should. I really like how seamlessly it runs last-gen video games with tremendous excessive frame-rates at 4K. It will be some time earlier than must-play next-gen titles trickle in in order that’s one other necessary promoting level for me.

I am going to additionally choose up a PS5 although — in all probability the digital version. I have never purchased a field copy of a online game in years, regardless of the very fact they’re barely cheaper right here in Australia. I just like the comfort of getting all my video games saved on a tough drive and I just like the decrease value of the digital version itself.

Which console will I purchase first? Relies upon which one I can get to be trustworthy. Almost definitely I am going to choose up the PS5 if I can — purely as a result of I need to play the Demon’s Souls remake. However I will be grabbing an Xbox Sequence X both on the identical time or instantly afterwards.

Steph Panecasio

I believe at this level I’ve settled on getting the digital version of the Ps 5, however not at launch. The hype is fairly in depth and I am having fun with being a spectator for the console struggle drama, however I would reasonably wait till it is really essential to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can nonetheless do the job properly sufficient and I’ve obtained no motive to improve simply but. 

So sure, after I do, I am going to go for the Ps first. Traditionally I would get each, however I must cease being a hoarder on the subject of consoles and video games (you are taking a look at the one that inexplicably has seven bodily copies of The Witcher 3). 

By choosing just one console (not less than to begin) I am saving an enormous chunk of house on my TV cupboard — have you ever seen the scale of these items? And by choosing the digital mannequin, I am releasing up house in my bookshelves for, properly, precise books. 

As for Xbox, I am nonetheless extremely tempted by the Recreation Move service, I will not lie. Will I get one finally? Possibly. I am half hoping my associate will get one himself, thus eradicating the necessity for me to fret about forking over additional cash. Excuse me whereas I ship this text to him for future reference.

Dan Ackerman


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Who am I kidding, I am getting them each. I’ve already pre-ordered a Xbox Sequence X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it is for “skilled improvement,” plus, as horrible as this sounds, I identical to going via all of the menus and setup and output choices and every little thing. That is what occurs after you’re employed at CNET for a sure variety of years. 

Funnily sufficient, I used to be by no means into console video games as a child. After the Atari 2600, I used to be proper onto my Tandy TRS-80 Shade Laptop (aka, the Trash 80), and principally PC gaming via my teen and school years, however not even a lot of that. My return to consoledom began after I caught a live-action TV advert for Resident Evil 2 again within the late 1990s and mentioned,” Wow, that appears like a George Romero film, I’ve obtained to get a kind of…” Lower than a yr later, I used to be working at an early online game web site ( and masking the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I’ve had each console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U

I’m skipping the Sequence S, no want with my 4K LG OLED TV (in all probability the most-common TV amongst CNET editors) and, frankly, I am not thrilled in regards to the launch sport lineup on both console. No must-haves for me, and there is not even a next-gen model of Cyberpunk 2077. I would love my Spider-Man save to switch to the PS5, however that is about as a lot as I care about backwards compatibility. I typically have zero curiosity in revisiting outdated video games. They’re by no means pretty much as good as you keep in mind. In case you’re nervous about taking part in Excellent Darkish or Halo 1 or something like that on a new-for-2020 console, you would possibly as properly simply make the complete leap and begin taking part in Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer


Horizon Forbidden West will probably be a should play on PS5.


I will make this quick and candy: I’m not a fan of brutalism and I discover the design of the Xbox Sequence X personally offensive. If my niece comes to go to, I must child proof the field lest she falls and blinds herself on the nook. Plus, I simply actually actually like Horizon Zero Daybreak and need to play the sequel. 

That mentioned I am going to in all probability finally get the Xbox Sequence S as a result of I really feel like it will look good subsequent to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the unique Xbox and I’ll at all times have a tender spot for the outdated boy — I might be betraying my roots if I did not choose up an Xbox once more.

Daniel Van Growth

Ultimately, I am going to purchase each a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Sequence X. By the tip of 2020? I am going to have purchased neither.

I get pleasure from system wars as a lot as the subsequent man, however proper now the thrill round each next-gen consoles is a bit too theoretical. Microsoft‘s Recreation Move-centred mannequin, during which the Sequence S/X are basically {hardware} to energy the Xbox streaming service, may change the business. Sony‘s renewed fanaticism about unique titles may end in extra must-play first-party video games.

However each prospects lie in 2021 and past. Come November, there will not be many video games on both console you may’t play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, which means there isn’t any rush to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Sequence S/X.

For the long run, I think I am going to purchase a PS5 first. Each consoles will probably be purchased with a disc drive — it makes it simpler to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. 

Lori Grunin

Let’s break up “Lori Grunin” in two: The reviewer and the true individual. Each ended up agreeing that the Xbox Sequence S is the best choice as a result of cash and Recreation Move Final. 


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Personally, a console is competing with the necessity for a dear new cellphone, a brand new iPad Professional and a brand new full-frame digicam and lenses, together with a cranky outdated biddy of a cat who wants dental work and who has costly style in meals. I’ve nonetheless obtained a 1080p TV, which I have never watched since chopping the wire some time again. I do not significantly need to chip in for a brand new one as a result of I am a cranky outdated biddy of an individual with costly style in gear.

Whereas Lori the reviewer toyed with the concept of a PS5, Recreation Move Final and day one availability for brand spanking new exclusives offered the Xbox to either side of my mind. 

However I might by no means have preordered something, as a result of as a rule I take into account it insane to spend cash on nearly something over $50 earlier than it has been out for not less than a couple of months and has had an opportunity to be debugged and dissected advert nauseum. I’ve additionally had years of publicity to the newest and best of every little thing to be taught to recover from the FOMO for many of it. 

Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three totally different websites for all of them when preorders went reside.

Jackson Ryan

Would like to see a brand new console era outlined by the distinctive experiences it may well convey to video video games, reasonably than enhancements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles really feel like souped up current-gens.

I’ve a wonderfully good Nintendo Swap. That can see me via till there’s an absolute should play on both of those bilious containers.

Sean Keane

After a lot thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest model of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon’s Souls remake. However the deciding issue was Resident Evil Village. I do know the console will not get a worth drop earlier than that comes out subsequent yr (Capcom hadn’t hinted at a PS4 model earlier than I preordered).


Miles Morales goes to work.

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I am nonetheless utilizing a launch PS4 and do not intend to get no matter mid-generational PS5 improve Sony places out, so I am going to wring loads of worth out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan — to play the remaining PS4 video games in 4K and transfer totally onto the next-gen when it actually will get began in late 2021.

To maximise the probability of getting video games as cheaply as doable, I’ve opted for the mannequin with disc drive. Although most of my purchases are digital, I do not need to give Sony an excessive amount of energy. Additionally my associates typically give me bodily video games as presents.

As for Xbox Sequence X, I am nonetheless undecided. I used to be all in regards to the Xbox 360, however the Xbox One by no means had an unique sport that made the console irresistible. Microsoft’s buy of Bethesda actually makes a killer Sequence X unique (Sequence Xclusive?) extra doubtless, however I am going to wait and see.

Recreation Move is a fairly nice service, however my already huge backlog makes it a much less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

Whereas I’ve been on the lookout for each the Xbox Sequence X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I to date have solely preordered the Xbox. After rising up taking part in all three generations of Xbox, I’ve been swayed in the direction of PlayStation in recent times via video games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Present. 

I am an enormous sports activities gamer and whereas most up-to-date titles have lacked noticeable or sport altering enhancements on current-gen, the new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what each of those new programs can supply. 

The insane battle to seek out someplace to preorder a PS5 has saved me within the Xbox camp, not less than for proper now. As somebody who would not have a big catalog of PlayStation discs, I can not convey myself to justify shelling out the additional $100 for the common PS5 (primarily based on early stories, I may very well be in for an extended wait because it looks like Digital consoles are in shorter provide than disc ones). Throw within the rising prices for next-gen PlayStation controllers and main video games and I really feel like there are even higher makes use of for that cash than a disc drive I nearly actually will not use. I can not even keep in mind the final time I used a disc on the whole — PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, a couple of components swayed me together with the truth that I’ve a Recreation Move subscription, am actually intrigued by xCloud and that I’ve family and friends planning to get one. Whereas I believed in regards to the Sequence S, with my TCL 6 Sequence has 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient and like Serrels the enchantment of 4K gaming was sufficient to get me to decide on the larger system. 

Plus, I used to be fortunate sufficient to see it accessible on Amazon to position the order (even when it now could now not arrive on the 10th). 

Eric Franklin

For the reason that launch of the Xbox One X I’ve turn out to be a primarily Xbox participant. Microsoft’s providers like Play Anyplace, xCloud and naturally Xbox Recreation Move tackle my gaming wants as a dad with two younger children and never a number of time to himself. 

So I’ve opted to preorder each the Xbox Sequence X for my lounge and an Xbox Sequence S for my house workplace. 

The Sequence X will change my One X and the Sequence S will double up with my newly constructed PC on my model new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In actuality, I am going to doubtless find yourself taking part in on the Sequence S essentially the most since my spouse will get first dibs on our 4K TV. 

As for video games, whereas I am trying ahead to making an attempt a couple of launch video games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I am equally as thinking about taking part in my present big backlog of sport like The Outer Worlds, Doom Everlasting and the Yakuza sequence — I am nonetheless early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness — with quicker load instances and the power to rapidly swap between them — I get bored simply — with the Fast Resume function.

Since Microsoft revealed these options in March, the brand new Xbox has occupied approach an excessive amount of of my brainspace, however quickly it is going to have an opportunity to reside as much as my approach too excessive expectations for it.

As for the PS5, I am going to doubtless get one finally, however could wait till they slim that pet down — have you ever heard? It is large. 

Oscar Gonzalez

I am often a two-console form of gamer, however my authentic plan for this era was to begin off with the PS5 after which finally get my palms on an Xbox Sequence X. The shortage of a powerful, unique launch sport — for me, it will have been Halo: Infinite — makes Microsoft’s next-gen console rather less engaging. 

That modified with EA Play’s inclusion into Video games Move and seeing Fast Resume in motion. Whereas sure, I will play Video games Move titles on my Xbox One, the concept of getting all of the video games I am taking part in via accessible to play inside seconds of one another is one thing I did not know I wished. As a man who needs to leap into totally different multiplayer video games corresponding to Name of Obligation: Warzone, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and even Fortnite in addition to work on varied single-player video games just like the Murderer’s Creed and Far Cry video games, the Fast Resume goes to be the function designed only for me. 


Epic Video games

Due to that, I’ve a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X. As tempted as I’m to go fully digital this era, the very fact is that new bodily video games at launch, or weeks after launch, are likely to go on sale. Digital model do not. Retailers are additionally faster to drop the value of video games in the event that they fail to promote at launch whereas digital titles take for much longer earlier than a major sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Sequence X would be the Video games Move machine whereas the PS5 is for Sony revealed titles and different exclusives. It is the very best of each worlds and at the very best worth. 

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