Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Consider Buying Xbox Series X

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2020-11-12 17:20:48

The Xbox Series X is made to impress with both design and performance. After a relative failure of the Xbox One, Microsoft has done a lot not to repeat its mistakes and come back on top. Nonetheless, there are still reasons why you should skip the Xbox Series X, or at least wait a bit before it joins your living room.  As we're not biased, you can also check our list of Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy a PlayStation 5.

10. Xbox Series X Controller Lacks Excitement

Xbox Series X controller is solid, but it's no nearly as exciting as the one for the PS5

Microsoft has been pretty conservative when it comes to the Xbox Series X controller, so you may only notice a share button and a better d-pad. Also, the gamepad is slightly smaller. Compare this with the PS5 DualSense controller with its improved touchpad, adaptive and programmable triggers, or a speaker, so you don't have to use headphones.

The Xbox Series X gamepad uses traditional AA batteries, while the PS5 employs a built-in solution. To be honest, here, we always prefer devices with replaceable batteries. Still, we're aware that a lot of gamers are not big fans of it. If you wonder why Microsoft is so conservative, it's because they wanted to keep the compatibility with the Xbox One controllers.

9. PS5 Has Better Audio

PlayStation 5 allows for full audio customization

It seems that everyone stopped caring about audio quality. Even the expensive PC gaming setups use crappy integrated sound cards, and everyone is listening to highly-compressed music on streaming services. However, both PS5 and Xbox Series X made significant leaps. Microsoft's console has a dedicated sound chip, meaning not only it sounds better, but it's also not consuming CPU power.

However, PS5 is far more exciting as it has 3D audio that incorporates Head-related Transfer Function. What it does is letting you calibrate the sound to your ears, so you can enjoy it in the best possible way. This might be the most crucial advancement in audio technology on consoles since the surround sound.

8. PS5 Has a Head Start

PlayStation consoles have a better reputation

PlayStation 4 dominated Xbox One, and this also boosts the reputation of PS5. Many gamers are buying PS5 either because they're loyal to the brand or because the PS4 was so successful. Sony is doing everything to keep them, as most of the PS4 games work on the PS5. This means that Xbox Series X is handicapped from the beginning.

Of course, Microsoft showed us with Xbox 360 that it knows how to beat Sony. Still, it's hard to believe that Xbox Series X will have a better reputation with both consumers and developers in the first couple of years. This is another reason to wait before buying an Xbox Series X.

7. Power Consumption and Heat

Xbox Series X needs a lot of power and generates a whole lotta heat

Microsoft was desperate for Xbox Series X to be the most powerful console, but there's a price to pay for it. The system is not at all environmentally friendly, as it may consume more than 300 watts! That's significantly more than even Xbox One X, which didn't go over 250 watts. On the other hand, Sony boasts that PS5 is energy-efficient and uses only 0.5 watts in suspended mode.

Of course, this also means that gaming on Xbox Series X will increase your electricity bill. If you play for about two hours daily, this will cost you around $26 every year. OK, that's a pretty minor expense, but you'll still be more eco-friendly by gaming on the PS5.


6. No VR

Microsoft doesn't believe in VR

If you're into VR gaming, the Xbox Series X is not made for you. Even though Microsoft introduced Windows Mixed Reality as its VR platform, they won't use it on Xbox Series X. The company is very clear on this, as they've explained that the VR community is tiny, and there's no point investing in it. Even though the head of the Xbox division Phil Spencer hopes that VR will be increasingly popular, it's highly unlikely it will ever be supported on Series X.

Meanwhile, Sony continues to invest heavily in its PSVR, so there's plenty of titles to enjoy. However, we'll see if Microsoft's or Sony's approach is better. Nonetheless, if you're into VR gaming on consoles, PS5 is the only choice.

5. Crossgen Exclusives

It's hard to spot the difference between the two version of Gears 5

Microsoft wants to keep Xbox One players happy, as it promised that almost all Xbox Series X exclusives will also come to their consoles. While many will applaud the company for this move, there's a huge downside to it. The issue is that the difference between the versions won't be as high as with real console exclusives.

Early signs were bad enough, as it was hard to see the disparity between Gears 5 running on the Xbox One X and Xbox Series X. Of course, the resolution is better, and there are a few more details, but it still looks only as a slight remaster. Even with ray tracing support, the difference won't be significant. It should be said that Sony is doing similar with the PS5, but their cross gen support is much more limited.

4. PS5 Has Faster SSD, and It Doesn't Need a Proprietary Expansion

Microsoft is monopolizing SSD expansion

Xbox Series X has an impressive SSD, which is even larger than the one in PS5 (1 TB vs. 825 GB). However, it still offers 2.4 GB/s compared to Sony's 5.5 GB/s. Also, PS5 SSD has enough speed to be used by developers as additional RAM. As the developers get to know PS5 better and the games get larger, the performance difference will only increase.

PS5 has an obvious advantage when it comes to expanding storage. Gamers can buy regular NVMe drives, although not all of them are compatible with the console. Still, this is much better than what Microsoft is doing. To increase the available space, you need to buy a proprietary Seagate card, which is more expensive and harder to get.

3. No Real Exclusives

Every Xbox Series X exclusive is also coming to Windows

Do you know that Xbox One has only about 10 exclusives, and most of them are Kinect-only games? The Xbox Series X stands even worse, as it won't have exclusives at all! Of course, Forza, Halo, or Gears won't come to PlayStation 5, but they are only console-exclusive. This means that they'll be available on PC, and will look even better there.

If you have a gaming PC, all you need is PS5 to play the exclusives and a few third-party games that aren't coming to Windows. That's why we seriously doubt that any PC gamer will decide to buy Microsoft's console. Plus, as we said, lots of Xbox Series X first-party games are cross-gen.

 2. Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S is a smart choice for many gamers

Microsoft surprised everyone by offering the Xbox Series S at only $299 while promising that it's still a powerful console. Series S doesn't have a disc drive, but it still supports ray tracing and has the same-speed SSD as the Series X. However, it does have lower performances, meaning it won't support 4K gaming, but up to 1440p. So, if you have a 1080p display or medium-sized budget 4K TV, the Xbox Series X is pretty pointless.

The $200 price difference is significant to drag many gamers away from Series X, and it may even tempt PC gamers to give it a chance. The lack of a disc drive is still a big no-no for some people, but most don't care about it. There's no question that the Series S is a better choice.

1. PS5 Exclusives

You won't see Gran Turismo 7 on the Xbox consoles, or even PC

PS4 exclusives were probably the biggest reason why it beat the Xbox One. Sony knows that well, as it uses this strategy even more with PS5. This includes new additions to favorite franchises, but also complete remakes and new IPs. While Sony started porting some of its exclusives to Windows, many won't ever come to it or arrive years after the PS5 release.

As we've said, Xbox Series X doesn't have a single exclusive, so PS5 gamers with an average gaming PC configuration have no reason to buy the system. Microsoft is sticking to its philosophy that exclusives are not fair to consumers. Still, we're not sure that's a winning strategy.

Saying that the Xbox Series X is a disaster would be too much, as there are still many things to like about it. With so much power, backward compatibility, and a price below what was expected, Microsoft is making an honest effort to attract gamers. If they are successful, this can only benefit the whole gaming industry and make Sony work even harder!

What factors are stopping you from buying the Xbox Series X? Does Xbox Series X sound more attractive than PS5? We'd love to hear your voice in the comments!

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