PS5 vs. Xbox Series X two years later: Two radically different approaches

This week, we celebrated two important anniversaries: the PS5 and Xbox Series X have both been out for two years. Generally speaking, the consoles launched in a strong state, and have only gotten better in the interim. With excellent performance and robust game libraries, Sony and Microsoft have both produced worthwhile current-gen consoles. What’s interesting, though, is that in doing so, both companies have employed radically different strategies.

With the PS5, Sony has taken a more conservative approach to console gaming. For the most part, if you want to play a PS5 game, you’ll have to buy it at full price and play through it exclusively on your console. The downside of this approach is that buying PS5 games essentially tethers you to a single system for the duration of your playthrough. But the upside is that Sony has built up a beautiful hardware lineup to complement the PS5, as computing writer Tony Polanco discusses.

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