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Time Magazine is garnering the gamers in their Best Inventions of 2020 list, including both Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 in the annual awards celebration.
The established outlet’s yearly list of best tech gathers a collection of new technology that are helping the world to move forward or are just incredibly cool. Time’s list covers all access of tech: from medicinal products to entertainment devices.
In the list, Time notes that the recently released Xbox Series S is a fantastic invention for the future of gaming with its $299 price still providing substantial power for next-gen games. However, the magazine writes that it is not included in the list just due to its hardwares. Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s video game subscription service, helps the system place well.
“The tech giant’s new video console is more than just a next-gen gaming device—it’s the basis for what could become the Netflix of video games,” the magazine writes. “The Series S’s secret weapon is Game Pass: a subscription service where new hits like Halo Infinite will appear the same day as their traditional release.
“And those games will look even sharper—the Series S ($299) can run high-resolution games at 120 frames per second, a 100% increase over its predecessor, the Xbox One. What’s more, because there is no disc drive, the Series S operates almost silently, making it all the easier to concentrate on the action.”
Sony’s PlayStation 5 also placed on the list, although this was listed for its “small advancements” in hardware that lead to a “revolutionary” playing experience, namely thanks to the awesome DualSense controller.
“Games load almost instantaneously, thanks to a solid-state hard drive,” Time writes. “The graphics processor is almost 10 times faster than that of the PS4, which allows for beautiful visuals, and a new controller is full of haptic feedback sensors that add a new dimension to play.
“When a character walks on sand, players feel the grit in the controller; when Spider-Man grips a subway car, players feel the train’s rumble. Add it up, and it just may be the most powerful video-game console we’ve ever seen.”