Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

Consoles: They’re new, they’re shiny, they’ll be here next week. Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X launch a couple days apart, and together, they’re expected to usher in a new era of gaming. But which features actually matter? Is support for 8K resolution even something you’ll be able to use? Which console makes the most sense to buy? And is cloud gaming ever going to make consoles obsolete?
This week on Gadget Lab, we talk with WIRED service editor Alan Henry about the ins and outs of the new systems, and what the future of gaming will look like.
Read more about the Playstation 5 here, and the Xbox Series X here. Read more about cloud gaming here. Read more about the politics of Call of Dutyhere. Follow all of WIREDs video game coverage here. Follow Wiredmag on Twitch.
Alan recommends the game Genshin Impact. Lauren recommends the show The Queens Gambit on Netflix. Mike recommends Soulboxer cocktails in a bottle, specifically the brandy old-fashioned.
Alan Henry is @halophoenix on Twitter. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.
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