• Sony recently held the Playstation showcase event
  • The Japanese company announced the PlayStation Plus Collection as response to the Xbox Game Pass
  • Sony also announced another PS5 exclusive title coming in 2021

While it may sound a bit early, a new report claims that Sony has effectively won in the next-generation gaming console war. Following Microsoft’s official reveal of the prices and release date of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, Sony followed suit. On September 16, the Japanese gaming giant announced the prices of the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition as well as their release date.

Tom’s Guide’s Michael Andronico believes that Sony has already won the console war. The report points out that the cost of the PS5 Digital Edition provides Sony a reasonable point of entry into the next-generation. While the discless Xbox Series S costs $100 lower than the PS5, the former is only limited to 1440p gaming, the report adds.

The $299 Xbox Series S is not capable of offering true 4K gaming, according to the report. On the other hand, the $399 PS5 Digital Edition is a full-on gaming console like its sibling but without the disc drive. The report thinks that most people would purchase the PS5 considering how popular digital downloads have become these days.

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Pictured at Logos for Xbox and PlayStation. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Apart from the price, the report also notes that Sony’s recent PlayStation Showcase event is a reminder to the industry how exciting the line up of PS5 exclusives is. During the event, Sony surprised everyone with the “God Of War: Ragnarok” announcement trailer. Aside from that, gamers are excited to get their hands on “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Demon’s Souls.”

Major titles like “Final Fantasy XVI” and “Deathloop” are releasing on the PS5 before they arrive on the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. Moreover, the report claims that Sony did a great job of selling the PS5 in their events. The Japanese gaming giant showcased many exclusives, timed-exclusives and major first-party titles.

Meanwhile, the report notes that Xbox also did a great job selling the Game Pass, but not its next-gen gaming consoles. Sony also announced the new PlayStation Plus Collection that could be the company’s response to the Xbox Game Pass. It is worth mentioning that both Xbox Series X and PS5 are not yet officially available to consumers. Giving a final verdict at a time when gamers have not yet tested the physical systems is a little premature.