I agree, I’m not tribal about consoles, although over the course of history I’ve found the PlayStation to be my favourite. I’ll keep my options open on this one, but if there’s not much between the two, I’ll default to the PS5. It’s not just the exclusive studios that give PlayStation the edge for me, it’s the ‘in-house’ exclusive titles like God of War and Spider-Man on the PS4. Infinitely better than Microsoft wheeling out another microstransaction addled grindfest Gears of War game. That said, Microsoft are ahead of the game on streaming, and their much more open stance to cross-platform gaming is of interest.
Ultimately though it’ll be a group decision as I have a close-knit group of friends that I play a lot of online games with, and it’s likely we’ll default to PS5 for simplicity.
EDIT: Also, I’m really not sure what Microsoft are playing at with that design… More casual gamers aren’t going to buy something that doesn’t fit in their living room furniture, all of which is designed to house flat, horizontal technology. I predict within 2 years there will be an additional alternative design launched. Probably called something daft like the XBox Series X Series Y Box