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The Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 launched within the same window of time in the holiday season of 2020, and their progression since then serves to show the two companies' diverging approaches. On the Xbox Series X, players have access to an enormous number of games thanks to backwards compatibility with the previous generations and the expansive range of Xbox Game Pass. Alternatively, the PlayStation 5 allows its users to play "99%" of its catalogue of older games, but the allure lies in those swishy exclusives. Actually, considering that Sony sang the praises of the console's unique hardware, there aren't a lot of them out there right now. Astro's Playroom, Demon's Souls, Destruction AllStars, and Returnal by my count.
This Xbox Series X console exclusive that's allegedly arriving on PlayStation 5 has an impressive gameplay feature through the protagonist's strange connection to the other side. Check it out in action here.
The Medium, from the developer of Layers of Fear and Blair Witch, is a console exclusive for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Inspired by the popularity of TV shows like Chernobyl and Dark, the story is set in Poland in 1999, following the fall of the Soviet Union in eastern Europe. Marianne is a medium who ferries troubled spirits onto their final destination, but is drawn to an abandoned worker's resort where a terrible massacre took place. As she can cross between the realms of the living and of the dead, the player is able to see both spaces simultaneously, solving puzzles and discovering where necessary items or clues are hidden. This technology was patented by Bloober Team, so it's possible that we'll see it in future titles from the developer.
In the interest of transparency, we weren't a fan of The Medium. However, it's all a matter of taste, isn't it? Mark found the House Beneviento section in Resident Evil Village super scary whereas I waltzed through it and left the key under the mat on the way out. And now, it could be coming to a whole new audience on the PlayStation 5. Gematsu saw that the game has been recently rated for the platform by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
On the whole, ratings tend to be a rather reliable indication that a game is on its way in the near future. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was rated by a Korean ratings board and that appeared not long afterwards. The fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 was being ported to PC was revealed by the Australian Classification Board. Therefore, there could be some stock in this news. Given that neither Bloober Team nor Sony have mentioned that The Medium is coming to PlayStation 5, we'll have to hold fire for now. We'll let you know when we learn more.
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