Everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S/X

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It’s been an absolute bummer of a year, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel: video games. Step forward, Microsoft and Sony.

The former’s consoles — the Xbox Series S and X — launched worldwide on November 10. While the PlayStation 5 will arrive on November 12 in the US and November 19 in the rest of the world.

And, after having spent a good chunk of time with both, I can safely say there are a lot of reasons to be excited.

It’s been seven years since the release of the PS4 and the Xbox One, both of which got souped-up versions with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X respectively. Late generation titles like The Last of Us Part II and Red Dead Redemption 2 looked amazing, but recent graphical developments like real-time ray tracing weren’t possible on the seven-year-old consoles.