The new generation of consoles has already completed more than a year of launch and, for many, there are still doubts about which model to buy between the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and the Xbox Series X/S. However, the new consoles were launched amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with the world also being hit by the semiconductor chip crisis. Thus, the offer of next-gen video games is still not ideal and the old consoles end up looking like still interesting options.
In this way, the user can consider buying PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch instead of the latest devices. In this spirit, the Tech Tudo listed the models on sale in the country and some of the features of each.
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The PS5 is powerful, but with a price that matches its strength — Photo: Disclosure/Sony
The PlayStation 5 packs a punch to match its massive size, being able to run games in 4K at 120fps and with HDR support. Additionally, Sony has nailed the design of the new DualSense controller featuring haptic adapters that increase the level of immersion in games. Released in two versions, the PS5 can be purchased with a disc drive or without. In Brazil, the standard price for a PS5 with disc drive is R$4,500, while the digital version starts at R$4,000.
For now Sony’s console has a few exclusives, with some highlights such as Deathloop, Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon: Forbidden West being released. However, a community win convinced Sony to embrace backwards compatibility on its new console. The PlayStation 4 game library is therefore available for this new console.
Sony’s latest model faces the supply issues mentioned at the beginning of the text, but it is still a little more common to find it in stock. Additionally, you can enable an alert on sites like Amazon, which notifies you when the console is available for purchase. It is worth mentioning that the most renowned sites generally follow the stipulated price model, but it is possible to find the console outside the official stores with a price variation.
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s big bet for the next generation — Photo: Murilo Molina/TechTudo
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s bet on the next generation and has similar specs to the PS5 competitor. It manages to run the latest games with top-notch performance, in addition to having a disc drive. Although its control continues to be well developed with an ergonomic grip, there has been little evolution in this respect compared to the previous generation. It’s even possible to use Xbox One controllers on the Xbox Series X. In Brazil, Microsoft’s suggested price for the console is R$4,349, but currently it starts at R$5,800.
For the new generation, Microsoft’s bet is not so much on exclusives, but on the Game Pass. In this way, Series X received famous releases like Far Cry 6, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Resident Evil Village. However, the future looks very different, as Microsoft has bought out companies like Bethesda that have already secured AAAs like Starfield exclusively for Xbox consoles.
While it’s hard to find a PS5 to buy, the Series X is even rarer. Its refueling is more spaced out than that of the competitor. But its humbler, simpler sibling is easily found, being the choice of many who don’t want to invest so much in a video game.
Xbox Series S is the highest-grossing next-gen console yet — Photo: Disclosure/Microsoft
So far, it’s been one of the big hits of the new generation, at least in terms of sales. The Xbox Series S is Microsoft’s least robust next-gen release. Without a disk drive and with simpler hardware, the S-Series promises to run all next-gen games in an optimized way. Although it can play at 120 fps frame rates, the console does not run in 4K. However, the big differential in gaming is the price: the S series has a suggested value of R$2.6 thousand and, in some cases, it costs less than the previous generation consoles. On Amazon, it can be found for as little as R$2,500.
Like its more powerful sibling, the console shows that Microsoft’s focus for this generation is on bolstering Game Pass, and the Series S performs very well in this regard, being a good purchase option in conjunction with subscribing to the service. . Finally, it helps a lot in sales, besides the price, the fact that it is easily found in stock also reinforces its success on the market.
The standard Nintendo Switch is more affordable after the launch of OLED (Photo: Disclosure/Nintendo) — Photo: TechTudo
Launched in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been in the market for a few years and continues to be one of the best-selling consoles year after year. The reason for this is its design, which allows the model to be used both as a portable console, with its own screen, or connected to the turntable, ensuring even better resolution if connected to a television.
With Nintendo’s extensive catalog of exclusives, the Switch has 32GB of storage and is considered a more family-friendly console, but still has much-loved games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in addition to the recent Pokémon. : Legends Arceus and Metroid Dread. Still in stock, the Nintendo Switch can be found on Amazon for as low as R$2,500.
The new Nintendo Switch is a little bigger than the norm and more expensive — Photo: Disclosure/Nintendo
In addition to the standard model, it is currently possible to find the Nintendo Switch OLED. With performance levels similar to the standard Switch, this edition is slightly larger and features OLED technology in the display. Along with better image quality, this version also has other additions, such as additional functionality in the dock, which now has, for example, a port for a network cable. Moreover, it has more storage than the standard with 64 GB. This version can be found for as low as R$3,200 on Amazon.
Another version of the Switch available in the country is the Nintendo Switch Lite. It has the same performance when handheld as its more powerful brethren. The difference is that it only works in this format, not being possible to use it in a dock. Therefore, the joycons of this edition are not detachable. However, since it is a more limited version, it is also a cheaper option on the market, even if it has the same catalog as its more traditional brothers. The Switch Lite costs around R$1,500 on Amazon.
The Nintendo Switch Lite can only be used handheld — Photo: Reproduction/CNET
Currently, the easiest version of the PlayStation 4 to find is the PS4 Pro. It brings more graphics and processing power than the standard disk drive. The big difference of the Pro edition compared to its predecessor is the processing speed. On PS4 Slim it was 1.6 GHz while on Pro it was 3.1 GHz. In addition, it runs games in HDR, in addition to being able to simulate 4K rendering.
In Brazil, it is still easily found in stores, but generally in a bundle (ie sold with certain games). This way, when purchased new, it can be significantly more expensive than used models. On Amazon, for example, the console can be found in kits with titles like Ghost of Tsushima and God of War for as little as R$4,800. However, it should be remembered that models purchased in official stores have a one-year warranty, which can be a point to consider when buying.
The PS4 Pro (right) was the last version of Sony’s older generation console — Photo: Handout/Sony
The Xbox One has two versions that can still be found in the market: One S and One X. In the case of the S version, in terms of power, it is quite similar to the competitor PS4 Pro, but is still a bit behind in terms of performance. , one since HDR and 4K are only available when playing videos and not when playing games. In addition, this version has a simpler processor than the competitor.
The One X is a beefy version of Microsoft’s previous generation video game. This one has native HDR and 4K performance, if the TV supports it. Moreover, it has a 2.3 GHz processor, unlike its weaker sibling, which has a 1.6 GHz.
The Xbox One X is powerful and is even compared by some to the Series S — Photo: Disclosure / Microsoft
Unlike Sony, which extended the life of the PS4, Microsoft reported that Xbox One consoles were discontinued after the launch of the Series line. So finding the One S and One X is a bit more difficult and usually goes through resale. On Amazon it is still possible to buy the simple version of the Xbox One via import for values starting at R$ 4.9 thousand, a “salty” value compared to the entry edition of the new generation, the S series.
with information from Xbox, TechSpot, Reuters
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