With new consoles coming out for gamers this year, it is going to be hard to decide which to get. For many, this is down to Xbox Series X vs PS5. While Google’s Stadia concept is also supposed to launch this year too, it is technically going to go toward PC Gamers over console gamers. Regardless, it is clear that Microsoft & Sony have the world in their hands with these consoles.
The question is, which is the better buy for you? That is why we wanted to put a side-by-side comparison list together to make sure you knew everything you needed to know going in. This way, you can easily decide the best console for you. With that said, let’s dive into the Xbox Series X vs PS5 debate!
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 SPECS
Both Sony and Microsoft developed their respective console to be the most powerful systems they’ve ever created. This is important to note because no matter which console you choose…you’re going to get a great product. The Specs help prove just how powerful each console happens to be. The biggest difference from previous consoles is that both used highly upgraded tech to be as close to PC=Powerful as possible.
THE XBOX SERIES X
The focus is around Advanced Micro Devices or AMD. They develop fast processors and provide impressive graphics. You’ll often see this tech of theirs used in computers, mostly PCs. That is important to mention because Xbox Series X will be as close to computer powerful as a console can get. For example, they are using the AMD Zen 2 Processor.
This will help them with AMD’s RDNA 2 microarchitecture, which revolves around the graphics and how they are displayed. It is important to have a powerful processor here because it allows you to load up graphics quicker…especially when they are high-end. This eight-core Zen 2 Processor will run at 3.58GHz. Meanwhile, the RDNA 2 Processor will run at 1.85GHz with 52 CUs, allowing it to create 12 teraflops.
This is why they have a specific HDMI 2.1 connection. In fact, the HDMI helps here as it actually allows for Auto Low Latency Mode to be in play. This puts your TV on its lowest latency mode, which affects the lag one might experience.
THE PLAYSTATION 5
Sony’s PS5 does not have a lot of differences in the initial concept. It also uses an eight-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 Processor. It maxes out at 3.5GHz but Xbox claims it is able to reach 3.8GHz. This is a very small difference that likely won’t be too much to care about. However, naturally, Playstation is not backed by a software company so there are going to be some differences. Especially when trying to be as close to PC=Powerful as possible.
The biggest area Sony has a leg up on Microsoft is in the audio territory, however. For Xbox, things are ray traced. But in the PS5, there is a 3D accelerated custom Tempest Engine. It is for use with headphones and available only at launch. The remaining system will use virtual surround sound for speaker audio.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 GRAPHICS
Microsoft will be using their DirectX 12 Ultimate graphic programming interface, which is used in Windows 10 on the PC. They feel it’ll work well with the console. GPU Support for DirectX ray tracing and Variable Rate Shading is tremendous in combination. They allow the Xbox Series X to have higher frame rates, with 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, which is impressive.
Like Xbox, PS5 will use the Navi/RDNA 2-Family GPU. However, it goes up to 36CU at 2.23 GHz which translates to 10.3 teraflops. The PS5 will also be capable of reaching up to 8K, but it’ll normally work at 4K and 120 frames per second. As we mentioned though, the Tempest Engine will be present for PS5’s audio, which will likely be fully adaptable to the game being played.
While both will be able to reach 8K resolution, Sony also has a leg up on Virtual Reality. Thus far, Xbox has not commented on any true VR material. Sony has ensured that the PS5 will be compatible with their PSVR Headset. This headset will only upgrade in graphics to connect to the VR world. It is likely that Microsoft brings in something for Virtual Reality down the line.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 SSD
The Xbox Series X will have 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and use a 1TB NVMe SSD. They’re also planning to use an included 14Gbps 320-bit interface.
In fact, the SSD will be bringing a new feature called the Xbox Velocity Architecture. Developers will be able to use up to 100GB of game assets instantly with this. The included terabyte of expansion will also give gamers a ton of space. It will also have the same level of function as an internal SSD.
This is a Seagate expansion drive that will be able to plug into the back of the Xbox, without any true struggle. Normally drives like this do not come with the consoles at launch. They’re always bought separately. However, this drive will give you more space and it saved Microsoft room in the console to add in so much more.
The PS5 will also use the 16GB GDDR6 RAM, with a 256-bit interface that goes up to 448GB per second. It will also use a custom 825GB SSD for internal storage. It does have an expansion SSD slot available for the NVMe SSD cards too. Just like with Xbox, the same card type and space is available in PS5 external memory. The difference here is that Xbox is not going to include much internal space.
The SSD is said to be so fast for the PS5 that developers of the Unreal Engine 5 reworked their system to show off the extras they could do with it when debuting it. Proving that the amount internally may not be as vast but the quality and speed are excellent.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 SIZE
The size of both consoles is said to be pretty flexible. However, the size will also depend on the type you get. The PS5 will be available in two versions, one that is just like normal and has a proper disc drive for putting in a BlueRay, DVDs, and Video Games. Then, they’ll have their digital-only console. which will be slightly cheaper. However, thus far there is not any word on a disc-free Xbox Series X.
At launch, we know the size of the PS5 will be 14.9 inches x 12.2 inches x 3.9 inches. Which measures out to 38cm x 31cm x 10cm. This makes it a good bit taller than the Xbox Series X. The Xbox will measure out at 6 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches. This measures out to 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm. As you can see, Sony wanted to use size to sort of stand out.
For comparison, the PS5 will be as tall as a small fridge you might see in a college dorm room.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 CONTROLLER
Honestly, Xbox has usually always had the best controller as far as playing quality goes. They always had better performing trigger buttons and a more responsible D-Pad. This made them perfect for shooters. This is why Xbox did not plan to change a lot about their controller from previous generations. The controller you’ll get at launch is the Xbox Elite Wireless model.
It will have a reworked D-Pad with a share button included. They also wanted to fix a few problems fans had over the years. The first being the issue with wireless lagging. They fixed this up and increased responsiveness between the display and the controller. This affected what Microsoft calls the Dynamic Latency Input. The D-Pad, Triggers, and Bumper have a tactile matte finish.
This will help give users more grip while playing, which can be crucial. However, they chose to stay with the AA-batteries concept over a built-in battery, which is something fans hoped would change.
PS5 MAKES BOLD CHANGES
The PS5 controller has changed up somewhat but it will mostly appear the same as PS4 controllers with some interesting changes. Called the DualSense PS5 Controller, not to be confused with the DualShock 5. They moved to black and white coloring and will mostly look like the coloring of the PS5 itself. Of course, as usual, other colors will be available eventually.
They have extended the 4 face buttons, which remain the same shapes as they have had since the beginning. However, they do not have any color to them. The main color comes from the side of the central touchpad, which is the main lightbar. It has moved from the PS4 area, which was the top back then.
The best inclusion is possibly the Haptic Feedback L2 & R2 shoulder buttons, allowing them to be quite adaptive to the game you play. It’s supposed to allow gamers to fall deeper into the game they’re playing. Any tension they deal with will connect with the product played. For example, you’ll feel the difficulty in pushing down when using a bow and arrow. The resistance you experience will connect to the game, giving yet another real-world connection. The triggers will stimulate action in the best way possible.
On top of this, the controller will have a microphone inside of it. Therefore, there is no more need for a headset if you choose to not use one. They have also removed the “Share” button and replaced it with “Create.” This is likely being put in place to connect with gamers who like to live-play on YouTube, Twitch, and other outlets.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 EXCLUSIVES
The games for each console will differ, of course. There will be some that will be available on all platforms, of course. This includes pretty much every sports game barring MLB The Show, which is a PS Exclusive title. Also, your major AAA titles from studios like Square, Ubisoft, ane Electronic Arts will usually put out games for both.
There are a few things to know here. First, Microsoft will be bringing back the Xbox Game Pass while Sony will bring back the PS Now. These are areas tied into subscriptions where gamers can get great deals on games, as well as download them to the system. Sometimes you’ll see deals as low as $10 to $20 for slightly older games all the way to completely free.
Another thing to note is that Playstation 5 will be backward compatible with PS4 games of any kind. However, they will not go back to the first generation or even the third. It is assumed that this is not going to happen because studios are making a lot of money remastering older games and re-releasing them for nice money.
Xbox, however, is going to be backward compatible all the way back to the first generation. That means you could play the original Halo from over a decade ago on the Xbox Series X. Not only will it work but the X will also allow it to look better as it will affect the quality of the title.
As far as exclusives go, both will have quite a few. Some will come at launch while others will come next year and the years following like usual.
For Playstation 5 this year, you’ll get Godfall, Demon’s Soul, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Oddworld: Soul Storm, Arkane’s Deathloop, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Horizon Forbidden West. Of course, the soon to be released Ghost of Tsushima is a PS4 exclusive that you’ll be able to play on the PS5 too.
For Xbox Series X, you’ll get Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Scorn, Gears 5, & Halo: Infinite.
However, Xbox has also added a Smart Delivery option where gamers who buy a game on Xbox One will get certain games for Xbox Series X for free along with it. Those games include Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Gears 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of the Sea, FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and many more. Of course, that is not to say these are exclusives but rather, just have the option to get the Smart Delivery option.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5 PRICE
The prices differ for each console as they try to compete with the other. The problem with this is that if both start at higher prices, they’ll be unlikely to change much if at all. Usually, previous consoles launched at a pretty sizable price. You’ll expect to pay between $300 and $600, which is the same price window as the Playstation 3 and Xbox One when each came out.
The difference this time around is that each console had to go incredibly far technologically to come close to what a PC could do in terms of quality, graphics, etc. Due to all of this, the cost of making the systems will be expensive. This is especially true the first year they come out, which is why many tend to get next-generation consoles the following year when prices drop nearly $100 from their previous cost.
On top of this, games are likely going to cost $70 over the regular $60 due to what all they have to put into them too. 2K Sports has already announced that NBA 2K21‘s price will increase to this and others may follow. This is likely why you want to buy on last-gen and just play them next-gen initially.
As for the systems themselves, the X-Box Series X is expected to launch at $549.99 while the PS5 will launch at $499.99. However, it is possible that the digital version of the PS5 will cost a little bit less than the normal PS5. Meaning it could go anywhere between $399,99 to $449.99.
XBOX SERIES X VS PS5: WHICH IS BETTER?
This is truthfully hard to say because they are so close in terms of technology and what they can do power-wise. There are some great things included in both, so deciding which is better seems like an injustice to both consoles. However, if we must pick…we’ll want to do so in terms of which company did the most for gamers.
That is, without question, Xbox Series X.
Unlike PS5, all Xbox games of the past can be played. There’s no need for remastering to make this happen, so there won’t be any extra cost to buy another version just to play an older title. The Xbox Game Pass has traditionally been pretty even with PS Now, but the library has only grown and Xbox has connected with a ton of smaller studios to come up with new titles all the time.
On top of this, you’re getting a bit more space and power. It’s not by much, of course. However, it is worthy of note here. Yet what truly sold us was the idea that Microsoft is not going to force you to buy an old-gen version of a game and then a next-gen version later to get the better quality next-gen version of a game.
If you buy specific games on the Xbox One, you will get the Smart Delivery option, allowing you to get the next-gen version of the game for free. It might only be for certain titles, but it’s for major Xbox exclusives as well as some AAA Titles too.
The price difference is not enough to dislike the move either. If we’re being honest here, Microsoft just catered to Gamers a bit more with their decisions. However, it’s possible that we’ll see some specific deals made at launch to get even more bang for our buck this Holiday Season.