PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Critical point in next-gen battle, major reveals leak

PS5 vs Xbox Series will be one of the main talking points for gamers in 2020. It has been almost seven years since the PS4 and Xbox One first launched, with that time round Sony securing an early advantage and never looking back. This time though the story is very different, with Microsoft stepping up their game ahead of the start of the next-gen battle with Sony.

The Xbox team have seemingly not put a foot wrong with their Series X reveals, generating plenty of hype and revealing tonnes of details about their next console.

Sony - meanwhile - have been taking a very different approach, revealing tidbits of details about the PS5 slowly.

Microsoft were first to reveal what the Series X console and controller looks like, details on specs, functionality and first-party games.

Whereas Sony have been taking a much slower approach, with no first-party games revealed yet and the design of the console a mystery.

However, there are signs things are starting to change on this front, with the PS5 specs and controller recently being revealed - the latter generating huge buzz.

And now we have reached a critical juncture in the lead-up to the PS5 and Xbox Series X release, with the next few months pivotal.

The journey to the next-gen all ramps up a notch next week with Microsoft set to announce details on the games heading to the Series X.

A special episode of Inside Xbox will air on Thursday May 7 at 4pm BST which will give a first look at "next-gen gameplay".

We know for certain that the first gameplay of Assassin's Creed Valhalla will debut during the next episode of Inside Xbox.

While fans will surely be hoping gameplay for first-party titles such as Halo Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 will be showcased.

News on the upcoming stream was revealed by the official Xbox Twitter who posted: "You want to see games for the Xbox Series X? We want to show you games for the Xbox Series X.

"Check out First Look next-gen gameplay from our global developers partners within #InsideXbox on Thursday, May 7 at 8am PT."

Xbox Series X fans will also hope there are a few surprises in store, with Microsoft hopefully at last revealing what their 'AAAA' studio The Initiative are working on.

And rumours have claimed that the secretive dev team are working on a brand new entry in the Perfect Dark series, which debuted on the N64 back in 2000.

It remains to be seen what titles do get announced during the upcoming episode of Inside Xbox.

But, after buying up plenty of studios and talent in the past few years, the Xbox Series X line-up will hopefully reveal the fruits of that labour.

Elsewhere though PlayStation fans have been teased about Sony's plans for the PS5.

In-the-know VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb has claimed that a PS5 reveal is currently planned for June 4.

The comments were revealed in a post on ResetEra, with Grubb also teasing that the PS5 hardware could be unveiled before then.

This comes after VGC said Sony had been planning a significant PS5 reveal in May.

So, putting all of these pieces together we could see the PS5 console design get announced in May with a full reveal showcasing games on June 4.

It remains to be seen if Sony decides to lift the lid on the PS5 design this week, seeing as Xbox is set to grab plenty of headlines with their games reveal.

Or, alternatively, whether Sony may opt to unveiling the PS5 later on in May after the dust has settled on the upcoming Xbox Series X reveal.

This remains to be seen, but the upcoming blowout of next-gen news could have a major impact on whether the PS5 or Series X gets an early advantage.

While a lot of talk so far has been about console specs, other factors like pricing and the first batch of games will surely influence early adoption.

So the messaging and announcements coming from Sony and Microsoft in the near future could have a big impact on the start of the next console wars.

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