While we already know that the Xbox Series X has quite the horsepower under the hood, just exactly how both it and Sony’s PS5 will stack up against one another remains to be seen.
At the beginning of this console generation, there was a consistent, albeit minor gap between the original Xbox One’s performance, and that of the original PS4. While Microsoft has managed to flip that deficit with the Xbox One X compared to the PS4 Pro, it’s a little too late to change the tide of battle this generation.
Moving into next generation, Microsoft needs to ensure its hardware has that slight edge over the PS5. While most players will be happy enough with the improved experience that both next-gen systems will offer over their predecessors, there will be a small segment of prospective purchasers that will want the most powerful console available.
Not only will having the more powerful console lead to sales from this market segment, it will also entice more developers and publishers to work with Microsoft and the most powerful system on the market.
This, in turn, makes the Xbox Series X ecosystem even more lucrative and exciting to be a part of. It’s a big ol’ circle that will help Microsoft rake in the Series X sales if it can just beat Sony to the punch.