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Yesterday I was deemed some sort of beacon of Xbox superiority thanks to a Twitter rant I went on against PS5, the next gen console I’ve devoted almost all of my time to since I picked up both it and a Series X at launch.
And yet I keep running into small, but increasingly maddening issues with the PS5, and yesterday was exhibit A in terms of something that Xbox has clearly done better that PlayStation this generation.
When Xbox announced Smart Delivery, the ability to seamlessly upgrade last gen games to new gen, I didn’t think much of it. It just seemed like something you’d take for granted like yeah, sure, auto-downloading a new version and importing your cloud saves can’t be that tough, can it?
Turns out it can, if you’re Sony.
In contrast to Microsoft’s “turn the game on and start playing” Smart Delivery concept, this has been the saga of moving from PS4 Avengers from PS5 Avengers.
1) I got my PS5, set it up, putting away my PS4 in the process. Turning on Avengers, my saves weren’t loaded. This is when I realized that Avengers (including other games like Sony’s own Spider-Man) still uses actual save files.
2) I found that PlayStation had not been auto-uploading saves to the cloud, so I needed to hook up my PS4 and do that. I tried to upload the saves, but the cloud system was broken. So I manually transferred them to a flash drive.
3) I imported the Avengers saves from the flash drive, which brought my hundreds of hours of gameplay to PS5. Later, I went back on PS4 and uploaded them to the cloud as well, just in case.
4) Skip ahead to the PS5 launch of Avengers, which is not an auto-download, but you have to dig into the store to find it, hidden in a menu, listed as a new version.
5) After a 75 GB download, I loaded it up to realize that again, my save files had not been carried over, only this time, I knew for a fact they were both in the cloud and literally on the console. But going through the storage menus, I saw no way to change them over to PS5 and overwrite the new save file that had been created.
6) I eventually found out you had to go back and load up the PS4 version of Avengers and launch a Save Migration tool. But first you had to download an 18 GB patch (with copying phase) for the PS4 version to even get that to show up. And I know many people (not me, mercifully) had already deleted their PS4 version of the game once they downloaded the PS5 version. Or they deleted it before that to make room for it.
7) Once all this was done, save migration….didn’t work. It was broken for the first few hours of release, eating into the time I’d carved out to play the next gen version with Hawkeye.
8) Finally, it worked, the PS5 version of the game has my PS4 save data. But I’m still scared to delete the PS4 version of the game because I mean, who knows, with all this nonsense.
And that’s what I keep running into with PS5, nonsense. The friend and party system is nonsense. The remapping of the functionality of the home button is nonsense. The fact that Sony had an entire generation to figure out a way to not have a “copying” phase, and they didn’t, is nonsense. Hell, I even think adaptive triggers (patched into Avengers now) are nonsense.
I have been playing everything on PS5 because I played everything on PS4, but there was much less nonsense with that console compared to this one. And what I’m realizing now is that I’m being drawn to the Xbox ecosystem which saw these problems from the outset and went out of its way to address them. I didn’t realize that something like Smart Delivery, which didn’t seem especially revolutionary at the time, would save me hours of annoyance because of how bad the alternative was, as expertly demonstrated by Sony.
It’s the little things that are just adding up for me, and my default brand loyalty is being tested. I have to stay on PS5 for my “big” game Destiny, at least until crossplay arrives, and of course for Sony’s first party offerings. But everything else? I think I’m done. Too much nonsense.
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The Xbox Series X will inevitably receive an updated model, and one creator shows off their design of what it may just look like.
The Xbox Series X is the current flagship console for Microsoft, and one of the most powerful consoles ever made. Like previous generations, the Xbox Series X is bound to receive a sleeker new model, perhaps even with upgraded specs, and one content creator has shared what they think it may look like.
When Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X in 2019, its design was attention grabbing, and some might say for the wrong reasons. There is nothing outwardly strange or offensive about the design, but its size, shape, and color immediately saw comparisons between the Xbox Series X and refrigerators. Micosoft saw this as a great marketing opportunity, however, releasing an offical Xbox Series X mini-fridge that has quickly sold out practically everywhere. With the last generation of consoles, Microsoft released the Xbox One S and Xbox One X towards the end of the Xbox One's lifecycle.
A YouTuber by the name of Concept Creator has designed a mock-up of what the next Xbox Series X console variant may look like. Originally covered by Ilse Jurrien of LetsGoDigital, graphic designer Jermaine Smit of Concept Creator trims away the fat of the original Xbox Series X design, making it much more slender, sleeker, and recognizable, thanks to some key implementations. Size-wise, the Xbox Series X Elite, as Jurrien is calling it, evokes the jump from the Xbox One to the Xbox One X but to a much higher degree, with the Elite nearly shrinking the original Series X in half. The most eye-catching change of the Elite is the sharp, raised cross-piece that cuts across the top and front of the console, with LEDs that glow Xbox green on both sides.
Despite the additions, many of the key Xbox Series X design features are retained in the Elite's mock-up. On the left side of the console is the disc-tray, power button, and four USB ports that appear smoothly chiseled out of the console's body. Likewise, the signature venting that appears on the top of the original Xbox Series X returns on the right portions of the Elite, providing a nice blend of textures that dissuade easy comparisons to DVR boxes. Concept Creator's Xbox Series X Elite design also has a white variant, channeling the design of the Xbox Series S, the original console's little sister.
As it stands, not much (if anything) is known about the next iteration of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft's next family of consoles have been out for over a year, and while the Xbox Series S sold very well during Black Friday this year, still not everyone who desires one of these systems has been able to get one yet. With that in mind, while it is fun to think about the future of these systems and what they may look like, Microsoft's priority should still be in making its current lineup more available. Unless the Xbox Series X Elite magically doesn't require microchips, it will likely fall into the same issues as the current console lineup.
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By published 17 January 22
It’s fair to say we weren’t enamoured with the design of Sony’s DualSense controller when it was revealed last year. Like the PS5 itself, the controller is somewhat, er, chonky – but it seems Sony is already working on slimmer design concepts.
A new patent filing reveals the company is working on a new controller design featuring a collapsible control stick. This means the joystick could retract into the body of the controller itself, allowing for a more svelte (and potentially more comfortable) design. And while it might just be a patent, at this rate it might well arrive before the next PS5 restock.
The patent filing itself offers little in the way of information about how the controller will work, simply describing: “A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot centre within the controller body.” (You know when you read a word so many times that it loses all meaning? Yeah, thumbstick.)
But it seems the concept is all about comfort. “Analog nubs are portable but also very uncomfortable for the user,” Sony says in the filing. “The user moves the flat surface or rough area with pressure from their thumb. This can become quite uncomfortable after a while because the required friction between the user’s thumb and the surface.”
As with all patents, whether this design will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but it’s certainly intriguing – and we can’t help but wonder if it’s offering us a glimpse of the next generation of DualSense. If a PS5 ‘Slim’ ever makes it to market (hey, every PlayStation generation has had one), perhaps it’ll arrive complete with a redesigned controller?
Indeed, a collapsible thumbstick could potentially transform the feel of the controller for gamers, offering a much more personalised and therefore comfortable experience. And it could do wonders for storage too – perhaps we’ll even end up with some kind of ‘DualSense Slim’ charging case. And we’re sure it could look pretty cool – better than that horrendous McDonald’s DualSense concept anyway.
It seems Sony is finally ready to give gamers more options when it comes to the look of the PS5. From those new coloured faceplates to rumours of a console redesign, the days of being restricted to Sony’s reverse-oreo (sorry, white-on-black) design are coming to an end. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll have a brand new controller to enjoy too. Want to start gaming right now? Check out today’s best games console deals below.
Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an ‘iSheep’, but he’s fine with this. It doesn’t bother him at all. Why would it? They’re just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.
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