The biggest console war is underway as we lead up to the next generation of consoles – here’s the Playstation 5 Vs. Xbox Series X comparison.
Comparisons are constantly being drawn between the price, specs, controllers, games, and much, much more – we’re still waiting to find out what the PS5 looks like and how it compares to the XSX.
There’s so much to think about regarding the release of Sony’s Playstation 5 and the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X – but which next gaming console is better?
Who’s Winning The Console War Between PS5 And Xbox Series X?
Based on the recent Playstation 5 reveal, it could be argued that the PS5 is leading, after revealing both the console design and many great games. However, many of them do not have a release date yet.
After a disappointing PS5 tech deep dive, Sony finally revealed all, including the console and a healthy number of games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Hitman 3, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.
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The Xbox Series X beats out Sony’s new machine in almost every department. While some may be quick to realize that the difference is small, it won’t stop Xbox fans parading this victory over their PlayStation rivals in the console war.
PlaySation 5 vs Xbox Series X Comparison
|PS5||Xbox Series X|
|Price||$499 & Digital Version
|Release Date||12 November 2020||10 November 2020|
|Controller Features||USB Type-C
|New Trigger and Bumper Grip
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI)
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Custom RDNA 2 (Supports Ray Tracing and 3D Audio via Tempest Engine)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Die Size||TBC||360.45 mm2|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6/256-bit||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320MB bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|I/O Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|RAM||16GB DDR6||16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||Seagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Max Output Resolution||8K, 4k @120fps||8K, 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
|Max Refresh Rate||120Hz||120Hz|
|Cloud Gaming||Remote Play (TBA)||Project X Cloud (TBC)|
|Subscription Services||PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now (Unconfirmed)||Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass|
|Backward Compatibility||PS4 games, PSVR||Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One – including accessories|
|Dimensions||Unknown||5.94 inches wide, 5.94 inches deep, and 11.85 inches high|
|Ports||Unknown||Front: One Type-A USB PortRear: 1TB External SSD Slot, Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Yes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)|
|Quick Resume||TBC||Yes – Support multiple games at once|
PS5 And Xbox Series X Controllers
The PS5 controller will also feature adaptive triggers that Sony said were “Included in the trigger buttons (L2 / R2).” This will allow the adaptive trigger developer to simulate the trigger resistance program action more accurately.
It will also have a headphone jack and include a built-in microphone that Sony says will easily allow players to talk to their friends online.
Xbox Series X Controller
The Xbox Series X controller also has some new tricks. It features a more developed body design with more round bumpers and a slightly more advanced body design with triggers with body grips.
The D-Pad’s hybrid design includes an in-depth “dish” for resting your thumb, and the angles are “finely tuned to get the best out of you with minimal movement.” The idea is to create a device that works well with big hands.
There’s also a USB-C charger, which features a built-in, rechargeable battery, and we know the controller will be compatible with the Xbox One console. Haptic feedback, fewer delays, and a ‘share’ button to send screenshots to friends are also expected.
Microsoft has also confirmed the existence of Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), a new feature that “quickly syncs the input with what is displayed.” This should result in a more responsive and accurate gaming experience.
Finally, Xbox also confirmed that the Series X controller could be used with Xbox One and vice versa. It will work on Windows PCs and will remember multiple devices. All your existing headsets and other Xbox One-compatible devices will also work on the Series X.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series X – Games
While it’s early days, Sony looks to once again have the advantage of exclusive games after it announced a slew of upcoming titles. The official PS5 launch event showed off exclusives such as Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank, Drift Apart, Demon’s Souls Remake, and Gran Turismo 7.
Microsoft has a smaller library of titles in the works, with only Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga confirmed as high-profile exclusives for launch day. However, it sounds likely that the game could simultaneously launch on PC. Yet, given how many studios Microsoft has acquired over the last year, the Xbox Series X has a potentially stunning library waiting in the wings.
Smart Delivery also gives Microsoft a major advantage moving forward, with Sony yet to adopt a similar system for its platform. This feature will provide players with free next-gen versions of specific games if they’re already owned on Xbox One or Windows 10.
Confirmed games include Cyberpunk 2077, Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. If more publishers jump on the bandwagon, this is a mighty feather in Microsoft’s cap.
The console war between Sony and Microsoft reached a new height in 2020 with new high-power hardware. Both consoles will start with the epic of the game and, if you are lucky enough to get an 8K TV, we hope they both really experience the epic 8K gaming.
Which machine is better? It really depends on whether you have a built-in PlayStation or Xbox library and the final feature calculation. So far, it looks like Sony’s PS5 could offer a more impressive range of features and equipment, while Microsoft’s All-Digital Xbox, which is priced at around 299, could be the best bet for budget gamers.
That said, until Sony and Microsoft reveal everything and we’re both testing the pair, we’ll stick to the fence.
Either way, November 2020 is going to be interesting as we approach all sorts of heatwaves.