The Playstation and Xbox console war has gotten a bit more heated since Microsoft announced their acquisition of gaming giant Bethesda. Microsoft is set to pay out a huge 7.5 Billion dollars in cash for Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda. This will give Xbox Series X an edge over its rival as all of Bethesda’s titles will be available to the Xbox game pass on release.
Both the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox are fighting for prominence in a war to get ahead of the other with their November release of new consoles. Beating the Sony Playstation on price point is the Xbox Series S for just $299.99. Coming up next is the Playstation Digital Edition for 399.99 and then the disc version coming in at 499.99. For the same price you can get an Xbox Series X which has much better specs.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
Until now Xbox’s first day launch games had been deemed lackluster against the lineup PS4 had cooked up but now with all the storied franchises of Bethesda up for grabs the fight seems a bit more fair. The deal means that franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and more will feature day 1 on the game pass while Sony has moved to increase the cost per game from 60 dollars to 70.
About the acquisition, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote, “As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.” Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft added, “This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we’ve released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we’re making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games.”