PS5, Xbox Series X Specs Have Pros and Cons But End User Experience Matters, Says Dev

No Straight Roads director Wan Hazmer is interested in the services offered by both.

Posted By | On 07th, Aug. 2020

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For as similar as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are, from their AMD Zen 2 CPUs to the RDNA 2 GPUs, there are a number of differences between them. They’re both out this holiday season and we’ve yet to really learn much about prices or release dates. But which console comes out on top remains to be seen.

To that end, GamingBolt spoke to Metronomik’s Wan Hazmer, game director of action adventure title No Straight Roads. The title is out on August 25th for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. What is Hazmer’s take on the differences between the PS5 and Xbox Series X?

He highlighted an important aspect of both – the overall user experience. “We’re sure the technology of both systems has its pros and cons, but what we’re looking forward to most is what these consoles bring to the user experience in the end, not only in terms of the games themselves but also the services that are attached to these games. Sure, we can make fully seamless games with a faster SSD and richer graphics with a better core processor, and to be honest we’re very excited to develop for both, but at the end of the day, it’s the end user-experience that matters.”

“We want to see how these systems would integrate with the lifestyle and interests of the user outside of the game. In the field of music, it’s important for us to not only see the audio tech but also how these systems utilize the metaverse of cultures in its ecosystem, how well these systems understand the user, how it integrates with music libraries, online communities, etc. Creating a crafted experience that would seamlessly touch upon the user’s area of relevance in certain points would be wonderful, in a next-gen sort of way.”

It’s an interesting point of view, especially considering how each console is approaching the end user experience in different ways. The PS5 is focused on hardware innovations, particularly with its DualSense and architecture. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X is emphasizing services like Smart Delivery, Game Pass and cross-gen compatibility.

At least the wait for more information won’t be long. The Xbox Series X is confirmed to be receiving new details this month while Sony is rumored to have an announcement for the PS5. Stay tuned for any updates in the meantime.


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