This November, the next-gen console war will officially begin with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The last time a similar event occurred was in November 2013, when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were also released almost simultaneously.
In my opinion, the definition of “console war” has shifted to “exclusive game war”. The reason is, if we look at it from a technical point of view, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have specifications that are not that much different, and they both promise next-gen graphics quality that is more or less the same, with support for a maximum resolution of 8K or 4K 120 fps.
For me, choosing what next-gen console I should buy is tantamount to choosing what game I want to play. If I like racing games, then I just have to choose whether I’m more interested in playing Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) or Forza Motorsport (Xbox Series X). That’s the simplest pattern of consideration.
In the Sony camp, the definition of exclusivity itself is very clear: most of the games made by their in-house studio (which is under PlayStation Studios) can only be played on PlayStation 5.But in Microsoft’s camp, the definition is somewhat gray, because as we like You know, the majority of games made by the Xbox Game Studios subsidiary in recent years are also available on PC.
In the future, Phil Spencer as Xbox officials even confirmed that all of their internal studio work will also be present on PC. This statement was conveyed in his interview with Gamereactor, and he also confirmed that availability on this PC is not only through the Microsoft Store, but also Steam.
For Microsoft, exclusivity doesn’t mean they have to force consumers to buy an Xbox console. At this point, we can think of the Xbox itself as an ecosystem, and it happens that the ecosystem can be accessed from a variety of devices; from a PC or from an Android device with the help of the xCloud service (Xbox Game Pass).
Referring back to my “buy a console based on its exclusive game catalog” logic earlier, it’s easy to ask the question: “Why should I buy the Xbox Series X if the game collection can be played on a PC or Android device?”
The answer is timing. Phil did not explain in detail, but he did mention about timing in his interview, and what I caught, it is possible that some of his exclusive games will appear first on the Xbox Series X before finally following to PC and xCloud. If you add other factors such as practicality or price, it should become clearer why some people would want to buy an Xbox console instead of a PC.