If the battle between Sony and Microsoft for the next gen console market was a football match, the PS5 has just taken an early lead against the Xbox X.
Frustratingly, we still don’t know a release date or pricing for the PS5. And all we know about the Xbox Series X is that it will be out in November. And, so, we are left with an international game of video console cat and mouse, as a result.
Even if pricing is kept reasonable, the majority of gamers will go for one of the two units, rather than both. So, persuading the audience to plump for your console from the off is key to winning the next gen war.
PS5 v Xbox X
PS5 looks to have taken the lead, after it was announced Xbox X exclusive and triple A launch title Halo Infinite is being delayed until 2021.
On 11 August, developer 343 Industries announced that its delaying the long-awaited Halo Infinite to 2021 in order to take more time to "deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision."
And while 343's decision is understandable on a number of levels, it could give gamers one more reason to pick the PS5 over the Xbox Series X this holiday season.
The delay of Halo Infinite might not come as a complete surprise to some. Its big gameplay reveal last month received a lukewarm response, and the graphics were criticised. Of course, ardent Halo fans will argue it bodes well for the eventual quality of the final game when it is released.
But will it be good enough to make people go out and buy an Xbox X if they have already opted for the PS5’s more tempting overall launch package?
Other exclusives, such as Forza Motorsport and Fable 4, are also said to be years away from launching.
It leaves Xbox Series X facing the reality that any other triple A titles coming out at or shortly after launch will also be available on PS5.
The Xbox Series X does boast slightly stronger specs than the PS5 on paper. But with no Halo and no other unique big hitters to hang its launch on, the result of the latest console battle may be a foregone conclusion.