While the PS5 and Xbox Series X are relatively close to each other (they’ll likely hit the market in about three months), some official information is still missing, mostly one of the most important aspects of a new product: the price.
Insider Dusk Golem, best known for his CAPCOM (Resident Evil / Street Fighter) and Silent Hill rumors, posted on a ResetEra thread titled “Realistically, how should Microsoft compete with the next generation of Sony?” Some new PS5 tidbits will likely cost more than Xbox Series X as Microsoft is better able than Sony to absorb production costs while keeping the retail price low. Additionally, Dusk Golem reported from his sources that Sony’s next-gen console is struggling more than the Xbox Series X with performance in multiplatform gaming.
[…] After some murmurs I’ve heard, all I can say is my suspicion that this topic will age “interestingly” as a few more details are revealed on both platforms.
I mean that in a few more ways, but to give the broadest idea, I’m just saying that the Xbox Series X is far more powerful than the PS5, if we’re just talking raw performance. Multi-platform games will do better there. It’s something people need to prepare for. In addition, Microsoft is ready to lower Sony prices. It is easier for them to sacrifice and get back Game Pass profits than console sales than Sony can by comparison.
Overall, PS5 is easier to develop and Sony has very talented studios behind it who are making the most of the PS5. I have no doubts either, but this topic is about how Microsoft is going to compete, which is what I’m focusing on. But when it comes to cross-platform games, they’ll do a lot better on Xbox Series X. Xbox Series X will have the technical advantage over PS5 and will be more than marginal.
The gist of what I’ve heard is that the PS5 is really good for exclusive gaming, but in practice the specs get kind of weird for multi-platform games. If multi-plat using PS5’s SSD systems helps a little, but not to the full, and I’ve heard some developer friends talk a little about the struggle the PS5 has for 1080p 60fps gaming while Xbox Series X is doesn’t do this. I don’t have the same problem, and in fact, I can go beyond it in most cases. Obviously this is a small sample of people I’ve spoken to, there’s more to it than that, but what I hear is something that will make this generation a bit interesting is the focus of the PS5 & Xbox Series X on multi in other areas will make platform games “interesting” in this generation, to the point where we may see fewer of them and far more games come on one platform or the other (plus PC), as it is actually difficult to make one game for both platforms to optimally go where they are focused a little differently.
In a follow-up post, he clarified that he was mostly referring to Resident Evil Village, which is apparently struggling to get 1080p at 60fps on the PlayStation 5. However, Dusk Golem also heard from other developer friends that this is the case and that it will likely also happen in other multiplatform games.
Okay, I think I’ll just get clean here … I’m talking about Resident Evil Village. The game’s terrible performance at the PS5 reveal event with the terrible frame rate in the trailer was a bit of the current state of the game on PS5 for a few months now. The thing is, apparently the game is running perfectly on Xbox Series X, they had some issues with keeping the frame rate stable on PS5 (which, given Sony had the rule of recording PS5 event gameplay on PS5, came to a strange frame – representation resulted in this trailer). But it runs in the RE engine and they will continue to tweak it to make the game work there.
The pricing material comes from various sources, I’ve said that before, but I’ll clarify it here.
From what I’ve anecdotally heard from a few fellow developer friends, Xbox Series X has the edge when it comes to multi-platform gaming on most fronts. But that’s still an anecdote from the few people I’ve talked to on the subject, but I think some people should prepare for this as it at least coincided with everyone I’ve talked to about creating games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X talked about.
Of course, all of this information should be viewed as a rumor with all that goes with it. Dusk Golem proved to be a reliable leaker, however, and after all, given the financial data we know from Microsoft (on pricing) and the Xbox Series X’s higher TFLOPs (on performance), those don’t sound like fancy claims. .
We should know soon anyway as the PS5 price could be announced later this month and the Xbox Series X would surely follow suit.