Xbox Dunks on PlayStation With the Release of PS5 Teardown Video
With a cheeky tweet, Xbox poked a bit of fun at the PS5 teardown video released by Sony to highlight how to change the system's orientation.
With the impending launch of both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S next month, it’s only natural that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming to take some light-hearted (or more direct) jabs at one another. Given that the two are direct competitors this holiday season, both companies are looking to highlight the strengths of their systems and taking shots at their competition, with Microsoft taking a swing at PlayStation’s latest video on the PS5.
Earlier today, Sony released its official teardown video of the PS5 to give viewers a look at the technical components and hardware of the PS5, along with a demo of how to change the system’s orientation from vertical to horizontal. The video showcased that the PS5 comes with a plastic stand to keep the system stable in either format due to its rounded shape, and requires some light hardware know-how to unscrew the base from the bottom of the system to lay it on its side.
Naturally, Xbox took this as the opportunity to dig at PlayStation a bit with a tweet that showcased the relative simplicity of doing so with the Xbox Series X. Of course, with the system basically just being a big ol’ rectangle, it’s way easier to just lay it flat horizontally.
How to switch the Xbox Series X from vertical to horizontal ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/efnCoBPWTW
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) October 7, 2020
This obviously isn’t the first time that Microsoft has taken potshots at Sony on social media, especially when the company took aim at Sony following the chaotic launch of PS5 pre-orders. Of course, Microsoft didn’t really fare much better with the Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders either. But either way, it seems like Microsoft was trying to channel the energy of Sony’s infamous “how to share games with your friends” video that was released during the PS4/Xbox One era.
The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch on November 10, 2020, followed by the PS5 starting on November 12, 2020 in select countries and a larger worldwide release on November 19, 2020.
*Featured image credits: PlayStation/Sony and The Verge