Technology and Gaming

Microsoft and Sony both releasing new consoles, what does that mean for the future of Xbox?

In a few months, both Microsoft and Sony will be releasing new consoles. However, polls show that gamers are far more eager for the PlayStation 5 than the Xbox Series X.

For instance, a poll by pop culture agency Experience12 has revealed that 84% of participants were more excited for the PlayStation 5.

SONY EXCLUSIVES
Sony has focused on offering quality AAA exclusives that gamers can only play on the PlayStation platform.

Because of this, iconic titles such as Gran Turismo, Spider-Man, God of War and Days Gone have helped solidify PlayStation as the premier place for gaming experiences that you cannot get elsewhere.

Both The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima hit the market in 2020. They are Sony exclusives that have won both critical and commercial success.

XBOX GAME PASS
However, Xbox has been having its own fair share of success in the form of its subscription services.

Microsoft offers the Xbox Game Pass to give subscribers access to a catalogue of more than 100 games. Best of all, you do not need an Xbox console to enjoy Xbox Game Pass because the service is available on PC too.

The subscription plan comes in different packages which range from R49 per month for PC access to R149 per month for the ultimate bundle. That includes access to both the PC games library and the console games library.

This is an avenue of gaming where Microsoft is leaving Sony in the dust. As Business Insider explained, as of 2020, Xbox Game Pass boasts 10 million users. Sony’s subscription service, PlayStation Now, only has 2.2 million subscribers.

play station 5In addition, while Sony tends to guard its exclusives closely, Xbox has had no problem making its games available on PC.

This seems to fall in line with recent comments Phil Spencer, the vice-president of gaming at Microsoft, made in an interview. Here he explained that being part of the Xbox community is not about owning one device.

Instead, he emphasised that Xbox did not necessarily want to sell more consoles than its competitors. Instead, he wants you to be able to use Game Pass on any screen you please.

NETFLIX FOR GAMERS?
This may indicate that the future of gaming lies not with physical hardware, but with online subscription services. This will allow you access to a library of games in the same way Netflix offers a library of movies for viewers.

According to cloud-gaming service Google Stadia, it has yet to forge a formidable presence in the gaming world. However, improving technology and internet worldwide might make cloud gaming an attractive alternative to traditional consoles in the future.

The different approaches that Microsoft and Sony are taking means there will be several options for gamers.

For those who want access to a large library of games and do not mind paying monthly fees, the Xbox Series X might be perfect.

Those who prefer a more traditional console experience and are in favour of the PlayStation franchises, will be catered to.

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