Given the week we’re having, we thought we’d take a week off from asking you what you’ve played, and instead ask that searching question – What Will You Buy? Of course we mean what console you’re going to get, not what you’re off to pick up from Sainsbury’s in the morning. Now that we know the prices, and the release dates for both the Xbox Series X | S and the two versions of the PS5, which have tickled your fancy? All of them? None of them? Are you going to laugh into the sleek fan recesses of your RTX 3080? Let us know!
Obviously, with pre-orders for some things already having been and gone, there’s also the potential that you’ve valiantly failed to secure what your heart desires. Hopefully those that wanted a pre-order have managed to get one.
Predictably, I’m probably picking up an XSX and a disc-y PS5 (and the Oculus Quest 2 for good measure), but then again, I write about games, and frankly these will keep me writing about them for a good seven years or so, so that’s probably a pretty good investment. I’ve also pre-ordered Demon Souls, as it looks incredible, and am slightly interested in Destruction All-Stars. My launch title for Xbox Series X? Well, that’ll be Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Yes, I know.
Aran is getting a PS5 with disc drive and the XSX, because he can afford to do both for the first time. “I’m going all in this gen. My games will be Spider-Man Miles Morales, GoW2, Deathloop, The Falconeer, FFXVI, Halo Infinite, and so many more. I’ll also jump onto Xbox Game Pass to catch up with titles I have missed so far.” Hold on a sec, I don’t think most of those are coming out this year!
Jason will be getting the PS5 at some point, but “if it wasn’t for this job I’d be getting the Xbox Series X or just upgrading my PC. Unfortunately, I’ll need a PS5 for work, where as the Xbox Series X|S, despite being amazing value, isn’t essential because of my PC.”
It’s also a PS5 with a disc drive for Tom Lord. “The slate of exclusive games at launch and upcoming games for 2021 are exciting to me. That’s it. The games. I buy the box for the games and Sony’s appeal to me more. Strength and depth. Spider-Man and Sackboy are two that pique my interest for day one, and looking forward to Gran Turismo 7 at some point.”
Ade won’t be going for either at launch, since they cost, you know, money, though money is slightly less of a thing though if, like Tom Hughes, you go for Xbox All Access with the XSX, to buy yourself some time before looking at the PS5 next year.
Nic B will be picking up the full-fat PS5 at launch so he can play Resident Evil VIII, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and FFXVI (Again, I hope he knows they’re not all at launch…). He tells us “the price of games means that, overall, in the long term, the disks will probably save me money. I’ll probs grab an semi-skimmed Xbox once more games are announced; it looks like a good console, but there’s just not enough for me right now to justify the spend.” He’ll have to watch out that Drea doesn’t come round and steal it.
Steve meanwhile is carrying on with his plan to pick up a decent GPU for now as that gives him the most flexibility and doesn’t need more space. “I will pick up a PS5 for the exclusives but that’ll be in a while when I’ve built up enough trade-in from current gens. Can’t trade my PS4 as it has a broken eject sensor (electrical tape home fix ftw) either. So I’ll be playing WiiU and 3DS games this autumn and then trading them. Will go full fat as the just digital tax will really mount up. Series X is mostly redundant for me as I’ll be PC gaming and it’s another box to find space for.”
Tuffcub is going for a full fat PS5, but he says “I must say for the first time ever, the Xbox looks tempting. However, I spend the few hours a week gaming time I have on Destiny 2 so I don’t have time to play hundreds of other games, if i had more time an Xbox and Game Pass would be on the list.”
It’s also full fat PS5 time for Jim, who also said, “I will no doubt get an Xbox Series X at some point though I can’t imagine that will be for another couple of years. As always, it comes down to the lineup of games, as good as Microsoft have been on the service side of things. Final Fantasy XIV, Ratchet & Clank, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and God of War: Ragnarok… like a lot of people I don’t care about the box itself or the cutting edge innards, I just want the console that has the best, most diverse catalogue of next-gen titles.”
Reuben is another going for the big boy PS5 because “I’m all about that” – so not paying extortionate digital game prices then? He continues “I’ll be getting the Xbox Series S down the line, but that isn’t a priority. In terms of games, I’ll be getting Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales at launch, and am looking forward to the Playstation Plus Collection to play some of those PS4 games I missed. Long term though, I will happily sell my body for Final Fantasy XVI and that is not a joke.”
Gareth is going to see if he can scrape together enough for some flavour of PS5 somehow for launch, but they’re not cheap, so “One day in the distant future, when we are no longer worried about viruses, cars can fly, and I’ve got money, I’ll own both.” And Nick P has managed to snag a pre-order for a full PS5, with Demon’s Souls and Spider-Man Miles Morales looking “chef kiss!”
Miguel wasn’t interested in new consoles yesterday – and rightly so. After the Monster Hunter Direct he said, “I’m prepared to simply buy another Nintendo Switch and play Capcmo games until the heat death of the universe. But besides that, I’m definitely leaning more toward the PS5. I already have a beefy PC that I’m also hoping to upgrade with a 3070 (aaaand a new power supply and new processor, woof) so I can play all of the big interesting Xbox first-party stuff on my PC just fine. Plus with a PS5, most of my friend group primarily plays on PS4 so thats where almost all of my multiplayer gaming happens.”
And finally, Tef will be getting and disc PS5 and Xbox Series X because he kind of has to. One pre-order is in, another will come on Tuesday, but truthfully, if money, space, games, graphics power and everything else weren’t an issue, he’d quite like an Xbox Series S, because it’s pretty cute.
What about you? Did you get a pre-order in? Or are you waiting for the Xbox Series X | S ones to go live on the 22nd? Or just sitting out the start of the next generation? Let us know in the comments below.