- The PlayStation 5 and the next generation
Xboxthe consoles are slated to arrive in just a few weeks, though neither has a stellar lineup of launch exclusives.
- This does not mean that there is nothing to play. With robust backwards compatibility across all new consoles, this year’s biggest games for the PS4 and
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- Critically, both
sonyand MicrosoftNewer consoles have features that automatically improve the look and performance of games from previous console generations.
- If you’re considering buying a new console this holiday, one of the best reasons is to play games like “Cyberpunk 2077” that aren’t even intended for the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles (at launch, anyway).
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The biggest game of 2020, “Cyberpunk 2077,” isn’t heading to the PlayStation 5 or next-gen Xbox consoles when it launches in December.
Instead, it’s expected to launch for older Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, PC, and Google’s Stadia streaming service.
A version of the game with enhanced visuals that “takes full advantage of next-gen hardware” will be released at some point in the future, game developer confirmed in September. In fact, anyone who owns “Cyberpunk 2077” for a current-gen console will get the upgrade to the next-gen versions for free, once available.
Still, when the game arrives on December 10, it will run on PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Additionally, it will benefit from running on new hardware with faster load times and higher frame rates.
In short: even though “Cyberpunk 2077” isn’t made for next-gen consoles, it’s still the best way to play the game on a home console this holiday season.
This situation, most clearly demonstrated by “Cyberpunk 2077”, is at the heart of the case for buying a new game console this year.
Historically speaking, video game console launches are notoriously light on big exclusives. But with the upcoming Xbox and PlayStation consoles, exclusives are lighter than ever.
Look no further than the next big “Spider-Man” game for proof.
Ask people who pre-order a PlayStation 5 which game they’re most excited for, and chances are they’ll say “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.” This is indeed a major launch game that will be playable on the PlayStation 5 on November 12 when the console launches. It is also available the same day on PlayStation 4.
This same situation applies to major cross-platform games like “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”, “NBA 2K21” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War”, which will be launched on the current generation of game consoles as well as the next generation. .
The one exception, a gorgeous remake of the PlayStation 3 game “Demon’s Souls,” will only be coming to the PlayStation 5. For some dedicated fans, that’s reason enough to pick up a PS5 this holiday season.
In the case of Xbox Series S and Series X, there are no such gorgeous remasters or exclusive superhero games. With “Halo Infinite” delayed to 2021, Microsoft lost its only big exclusive launch game – a game that was also set to launch on Xbox One and PC.
Without major games that can only be played on next-gen hardware, Microsoft and Sony rely on backwards compatibility to bolster their launch libraries. You could play the new “Spider-Man” on PS4, but it will look and run better on PS5. You could play “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” on Xbox One, but it will look and run better on Xbox Series X.
Microsoft even has a marketing term for this concept: “Smart Delivery”, which means Xbox knows which version of a game to download for the version of Xbox you’re using. There’s no such name on the PlayStation 5, but various developers are offering free next-gen upgrades for games that go beyond the default earnings you get from playing older games on newer hardware.
Backward compatibility has been the foundation of Microsoft’s messaging with Xbox for several years now, and it continues with Xbox Series S and Series X: New Xbox consoles are compatible with games dating back to the original Xbox, and your digital library transfers directly. Although the functionality is a little more limited with the PlayStation 5, the new console will play the vast majority of PlayStation 4 games and your digital library also progresses.
Either way, the new consoles load previous-gen games faster than ever and, at the very least, improve frame rates, making games run smoother in action.
For people considering buying a next-gen Xbox or PlayStation this holiday, there’s a good reason: it’s the best way to play games you might otherwise play on a game console you own. probably already.
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