Latest Playstation, Xbox consoles capitalize on cutting-edge tech with a side of nostalgia

An employee of the consumer electronics retailer chain Bic Camera works at the promotion display for the Sony PlayStation 5 game console and its gaming softwares in Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2020. Picture taken November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Video games have been an escape for many during quarantine, and this week, two competing companies released new consoles.

Sony released the Playstation 5 on Thursday, and Microsoft put its latest iteration of the Xbox on store shelves on Tuesday. The release marks a seven year drought since either company brought new hardware to market.



  • Brian X. Chen - lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times; Mike Isaac, New York Times tech reporter - @bxchen