This year's next-gen console launches are shaping up to be one of the most interesting hardware transitions the industry has seen -- not because of any specifically revolutionary features of the hardware itself, but simply because it's the first time in a long while that we've had two great-looking, fully viable systems, representing quite different ideas about the future of the industry, going head-to-head with one another. Three, in fact, if we factor in Nintendo's Switch being in a pretty great place both commercially and creatively, even as Sony and Microsoft prepare their next-gen devices for launch.
There are a number of areas in which the future visions of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X diverge, and there are still key details of both companies' plans which have yet to be revealed. So while it's notable and refreshing that neither firm has tripped over its own shoelaces yet -- as one or the other had done by this point in the process leading up to the last two generational transitions -- there's still plenty of time for that to happen.