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The release of the next gen consoles: Everything you need to know


Patrick Rangel, Staff Writer

For years now people around the world have been waiting for the release of next gen consoles. New gameplay styles and cross-play have long been highly anticipated, but with many leaks and announcements from the past few months, we now know almost everything there is to know about these consoles. Both companies have decided to release their consoles the same week in early November and both will be a major product. 

Playstation 5

Since the release of the Playstation 4, it has been a long 7 years of many updates and new  ideas for future gameplay. One of these new features is cross-play among Xbox titles. New features added to the PS5 include ray tracing support, cross-play with the PS4, 4K Blu-ray, and faster loading times. On top of these new features, there has been a new announcement that confirms the physical console will not be the only one sold. It has been confirmed that there will be a digital version of the PS5 that will be released a week after its physical release. 

Playstation 5 exclusives

As much promo for the PS5 continues, many video games are coming out with new updates and versions of the games. Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception to this. A few weeks ago, Netherrealm Studios announced a new rendition of Mortal Kombat 11 titled ‘Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate’. This version of the game includes the complete 37 fighter roster, the main story mode, ‘Aftermath’ the story expansion, and lastly Kombat Packs 1 and 2. Along with this announcement was the confirmation and teaser of the new Kombat pack 2. This dlc pack includes 2 returning characters: Rain, Mileena, and guest character Rambo, voiced by Syllvester Stallone himself. This version of the game will be available for both PS4 and PS5 but is mainly aimed towards promoting the release of the PS5. For more info on Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, go to the link below. 

“The exclusives are great and we’ll be able to get things off the bat like demon Souls, Ratchet and Clank, etc.” junior Levi Taylor said.

Playstation 4 and 5 compatibility

Over the past few years, the Playstation 4 has had many updates for compatibility such as cross-play compatibility. This time around, the PS5 included many new features for compatibility which include the ability to play many PS4 titles on the PS5 and vice versa. PS accessories include dualshock 4 controllers, headsets, and fighter dualshock sticks.

PlayStation 5’s  refreshing new look

The appearance of the PS5 has made a dramatic change in look compared to past Playstation consoles. Its futuristic style and color scheme is very pleasing to the eye and its stunning new look brings something completely new to Playstation. “I think the PS5 looks amazing,” senior Liam Ponton said. “It’s very sleek, futuristic, and downright beautiful.” 

What are other ways to get the PS5? Well Burger King has come out with a new special that could possibly get you a PS5 for free!!! This special is a 2 for $5 mix and match. This purchase does not guarantee winning, it just gives you a chance to enter the challenge and hopefully win this spectacular prize.

Xbox Series X & Series S 

Like the Playstation 5, a lot of new features in the new Xbox include faster loading times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds. Along with the release of the Xbox Series X there will also be an Xbox Series S. Now what is the difference between these two? Well, both consoles have shared features like Xbox velocity architecture, DirectX raytracing, spatial sound, and that is where the similarities end. Both consoles share the same capabilities but to an extent. For instance storage and expandability; Series X provides 1TB of internal storage and Series S provides 512 GB of storage. For many other features like accessory, audio, and cable connectivity, Series X has the higher advantage. Another unique feature is game and disc compatibility. Series X’s physical console has an insert for physical discs and you are also able to play digital games as well. Prices for both versions of the console range from $300 to $500 as an estimated retail price.

Xbox’s compatibility

Both Playstation and Xbox new consoles have the same compatibility when it comes to video game compatibility. Both consoles allow varieties of Xbox games from previous versions of Xbox.

Xbox’s  sleek new look

As the release of the new Xbox comes closer, a stunning new feature is Xbox’s new look. Although its style cannot compare to the PS5, it is still very petite and pretty. Xbox has come out to say that with Xbox’s new features, it is still able to be very sleek in style. 

As the release of both consoles comes even closer it is very exciting to see what’s in store in the future for both consoles.