Watch Digital Foundry's Rich Leadbetter on Xbox, PS5 and the changing face of next-gen

We know prices. We know dates. We know Xbox Series S is real. What happens next?

I love the smell of next-gen in the morning. It's exciting, isn't it? We've had quite a couple of weeks: the long-awaited, leaked reveal of Xbox Series S started a series of dominoes that saw both Sony and Microsoft price and date their new machines, and culminated in yesterday's PS5 preorder chaos.

We're finally in a position to look at the full next-gen offering from both PlayStation and Xbox and weigh them up against each other - the power, the price, the games, the strategy. Of particular interest is the final puzzle piece that, it seems, everyone was waiting for - Xbox Series S, the cut-price, cut-back machine that is quite unlike any previous new-generation console launch.

There's lots to pick over, so yesterday I took the opportunity to record a chat with Digital Foundry's Rich Leadbetter about it all - his impressions of Series S in particular, but also how all the machines are positioned and how he sees this console generation playing out. One thing's for sure - it will be quite unlike any generation that has come before.

No-one is better qualified than Rich to talk about this stuff. It's a fascinating discussion which just finished streaming as part of PAX Online x EGX Digital - you can watch it on demand in the embed below.

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