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For a while now Sony has been trying to compete with Xbox Game Pass, but has been struggling to find good enough games to justify being online only. They’ve slowly been bulking up their library with some prolific games like Borderlands 3 and the lesser loved Marvel’s Avengers game a couple of months ago. These weren’t enough to garner support for the failing service, but if they keep adding quality games they might be able to revive it. So what is PlayStation actually adding to the collection now?
Sony starts off strong with one of the debatably best RPGs of all time: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. TW3 received widespread praise for an engaging story and a jaw-dropping open world with graphics to match, as well as superbly crafted DLC’s that were basically 2 extra games. Now it’s coming to PS Now and it may prove to be a big draw towards the service, especially since the library has been expanded and the price has dropped from $20 a month to only $10.
Another less known, but excellent game coming to PlayStation Now is Slay the Spire, a fast-paced card game with rogue-lite elements. The title gained notoriety for its polish and addicting gameplay loop. It may not draw in as many new subscribers as The Witcher 3, but it might just bring in fans that already love the game.
Next up are three Sonic games, Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania, and Sonic Forces. Both Sonic Racing and Mania received very favorable reviews by fans and critics alike. Forces was a bit of a dud but had redeeming moments here and there. Sonic fans are sure to get their money’s worth out of a PlayStation Now subscription. Sonic Team Racing had tight driving mechanics and a fun team-based system full of racing abilities and even a team ultimate move. Sonic Mania was widely praised for its graceful return to form with smooth mechanics and excellent level design.
There are two additional games entering the PS Now catalog. Both Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown and Car Mechanic Simulator are making their way into the service’s library. Virtua Fighter is an iconic Japanese fighting series that, like many other fighting games, originally started in arcade cabinets. This game is coming to Playstation Plus and PS Now hot off the presses on June 1st, 2021. Car Mechanic Simulator is relatively unknown, but some subscribers are sure to find enjoyment from the game.
If titles like these keep making their way to PlayStation Now, Sony just might bring the subscription service back to life and even be a viable competitor to Xbox Game Pass. All of these titles are available right away with a subscription to PlayStation Now!
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Spec Comparison
It’s time to ask the age-old question once again. Which is better PlayStation or Xbox? The console wars have been raging on for the better part of two decades. We could argue about the user interface, customizability, price, and exclusive games, but today we’re here to look at one thing: technical specifications.
The CPU (or central processing unit) is essentially the “heart” of a gaming console. In short, what it does is execute vital calculations to run apps and games. It’s a necessary component and the most important as well.
The Xbox Series X receives the edge in this category. Both consoles feature processors with Zen 2 microarchitecture, but Microsoft has opted for a 3.8GHz variant which essentially means that the Series X can run smoother and faster. In short, it has really great performance.
PlayStation isn’t too far behind though. They went ahead and outfitted their new console with a 3.5GHz processor. You’ll still get solid performance, and truth be told, you probably won’t notice too much of a difference.
Still, the Series X will beat PlayStation in benchmarks and FPS (frames per second).
Graphics processing units are used to accelerate graphics rendering. They’re a specialized processor that are extremely important when it comes to video games and other graphically demanding applications like video editing software.
Again, the Series X has the edge on paper. They have utilized a 12 TeraFLOP GPU which means surprisingly not too much as far as comparisons go. In fact, the Xbox One has more TFLOPs than the Xbox Series S, but the latter offers much better performance. This is possible because it’s more so about how the system uses the GPU power.
PlayStation features slightly less at 10.28 TFLOPs. Xbox has a statistical advantage, but PlayStation’s practical application beats Xbox by utilizing a variable clock speed. As a result, PS5 can operate at 2.23 GHz while Xbox is locked at 1.825.
The win goes to PlayStation this round.
Storage and Memory
As far as RAM goes, the PS5 and XBSX are identical with 16 GB of RAM for both consoles.
One of the biggest debates going on between fans of both consoles was about the SSD or solid-state drives of each console.
The Xbox Series X features a 1TB SSD. The Xbox One had a 500GB version as well as a 1TB version. One terabyte is a pretty good amount of space and should hold plenty of games, especially with the lack of new games coming to next-gen consoles.
The PlayStation lacks the same amount of space with a respective, but lesser 825GB storage device. There’s plenty of space, but it just doesn’t stack up to the new Xbox.
But if you’re a PS5, don’t fret. The PlayStation 5 absolutely smokes the Xbox Series X when it comes to retrieving files and loading games. It’s akin to the instantaneous start-up of older “plug-and-play” consoles. Theoretically anyway, since comparisons have shown that performance is pretty similar which has become somewhat of a trend in this console generation.
If we’ve learned anything this generation, it’s that these consoles are both pretty powerful and strikingly similar. The real test is going to be the console exclusive titles.
The 5 Most Disappointing PlayStation Games We’ve Played
PlayStation has had plenty of hits but is no stranger to absolutely dropping the ball occasionally. This list is a collection of games that were on PlayStation (not exclusives) that really made you feel like you wasted your money. They’re not all complete trash, but they definitely missed the mark, mislead fans, or were actually downright bad.
5. Killzone: Shadowfall
It’s not a real console launch without an overhyped game release that somewhat tarnishes a well-regarded series. Shadowfall just didn’t feel quite right. It was missing a decent story. It was fine for what it was but nothing worth coming back to. Shooting and movement also felt…less than ideal. It was a pretty slow and unsatisfying mixture of gameplay elements. Although, Shadowfall did have some incredible graphics for the time.
4. The Order: 1886
The Order 1886 is another PlayStation exclusive guilty of one of the worst gaming sins you can think of: it’s boring. You’ll find clean graphics and a thick ambiance, but that’s about it. These elements put a little gleam on monotonous and soulless levels accompanied by uninspired gameplay and a mediocre story that cuts off as soon as it looks like anything of merit would come up. The graphics were what was holding it up, but now as we move into the PS5 era even those couldn’t be a reason to revisit this title.
3. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
We had to reach way back in the vault to bring this game up. The Angel of Darkness came out almost 19 years ago and I still have the bitter taste of disappointment in my mouth. This time around the story wasn’t a problem. The graphics were fine too. But the controls? Unforgivable. The response was insanely slow and made for a game that was way too difficult as a result of these terrible controls. That’s not even mentioning the camera, which might as well have been actively working against you as you made your way through the game.
2. Duke Nukem Forever
This was supposed to be an epic comeback for Duke Nukem, but like many other series reboots, this game fell flat. It seemed stuck between trying to be modern and old-school at the same time and it just didn’t pan out. The humor was just not great and made me want to mute the game sometimes. It’s just corny and obviously not adapted well to how comedy has evolved. With that said, it’s not horrible to play all the way, but it’s not worth picking up in the first place.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
Well, who didn’t see this coming? This is easily the most disappointing game of the generation. It might even be in a couple of “all-time” lists. People were promised so many insane features and incredible depth. Instead of a solid RPG representing the tabletop game, we had an extremely lackluster game that was completely broken on PS4 and Xbox One. It was incomplete, a mess, and borderline unplayable. It was such a shame that the dev studio went from the Witcher 3 to this.
The Best Indie Games on PlayStation in 2021
Everyone loves a good independently developed game here and there. Some have even become some of the most well-regarded games of all time. These games can be surprisingly well polished and full of heart and the best part is that there’s no shortage of them on PlayStation. Read on to see the best indie titles PlayStation has to offer(in no particular order).
5: Hotline Miami 1&2
The Hotline Miami series is a frenetic top-down shooter with buckets of blood with an intense, droning electronic soundtrack. Pink and light blue hues fill your screen as you play as a mysterious hitman that takes out his foes with a variety of weapons and different rubber animal masks. The pixelized art style lends itself well to this excellent game. The sequel was pretty much on par with the first as well.
If you’re looking for a polished rogue-lite, Hades is your game. It’s filled with deep lore and smooth gameplay that makes you want to play over and over again. You find yourself playing as Zagreus, the son of Hades, trying to find your way through the underworld to get to the surface. Each character is fleshed out with unique dialogue options after each death. There’s plenty to do in Hades like unlocking weapons and upgrading abilities to fortify you for your next run.
3. Return of the Obra Dinn
Pirates, insurance agents, and a murder mystery. What else could you want? Return of the Obra Dinn has you, the player, become a pirate ship insurance agent trying to deduce what went down aboard the Obra Dinn. This is a game full of discovery and one of the best investigative games you can play right now.
2. Disco Elysium
It might not be the game for everyone, but what it set out to do, it achieves with panache. You’ll find yourself in the dilapidated city of Revachol investigating the lynching of a mercenary tasked with controlling union protests. The only thing is that you don’t really know who you are to start out. You’ll discover your identity and beliefs as you play this philosophically intense RPG. Be ready to read though since this game has about as much reading as a small novel.
1. The Outer Wilds
No, not the Outer Worlds. This is an indie game about exploring space and discovering how an ancient race of aliens lived and died out, on the surface anyway. There’s not a game out there that quite captures the wonder of space travel and horrifying ways you can go out. Every 22 minutes, you restart just to do it all again, or maybe you go somewhere else to learn something new. Just try to piece it all together. The beauty of this game isn’t just on the outside, it’s mirrored with a barebones narrative, but an extremely poignant message of doing things just to do them. You won’t find something nearly as touching, at least for a very long time. Well maybe until the expansion coming out later this month!