Dave's Opinion

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X

The internet has been loud about them for months. Will the PS5 or the Xbox Series X be the better choice? My personal opinion is that anyone who has put his vote years ago next to one of them, will have a harder time switching to the other console. Nonetheless, I compiled a very detailed comparison of the two video game consoles based on what was said at the summer game presentation and has since been leaked. Let's see!

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X specs

We can state at the outset that none of the consoles have reason to be ashamed. Both are equipped wth  8K resolution with high frame rate. Both has a powerful processor and the fast SSD are also the high-end categories that can be expected from next-generation consoles.

Thanks to a detailed blog post from Microsoft and a comprehensive live broadcast from Sony, we can compare system specifications. Furthermore, the June demo of PS5 games as well as the July demo of Xbox Series X games will give you a great insight into what to prepare for the future. I think, we'll have a reason to start saving up.

 

PS5

Xbox Series X

Price

$ 499.99

$ 500

Release Date

12-19 Nov 2020

10 Nov 2020

Number of Confirmed Exclusives

1

1

Controller Features

USB Type-C Haptic Feedback Adaptive Triggers Microphone Create Button Rechargeable Batteries

New Trigger and Bumper Grip Hybrid D-Pad Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) Share Button AA Batteries

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

Process

TBC

7nm Enhanced

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)

DirectX Raytracing

TBC

Yes

RAM

N/A

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

8K, 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

Max Refresh Rate

120Hz

120Hz

VR Support

Yes

No

Cloud Gaming

Remote Play (TBA)

Project X Cloud (TBC)

Subscription Services

PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now (Unconfirmed)

Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass

Backwards 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

TBC

Yes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)

Quick Resume

TBC

Yes - Support multiple games at once

Smart Delivery

TBC

Yes

Manufacturer's website:

 

playstation.com

xbox.com

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PS5 vs. Xbox Series X price and release date

Just recently, Microsoft announced that the launch price of the Xbox Series X will be $ 499 and will be on store shelves starting 10th of November. This is fantastic news! Moreover, it has also announced the Xbox Series S console, which could be a good price-value compromise for gamers with smaller needs. if we’re willing to give up the 8K experience, we’ll also get the full gaming experience from the smaller console anyway for just $ 299. Wow. The Xbox Series S will be the successor to the Digital Edition. So it gets on the shelves without a Blue-ray reader. Only downloadable games can be run on it, which is not necessarily a disadvantage. Previous speculation of $ 500-550 was pretty much correct. That's why previous consoles came out, which is a very nice performance, that in about 7 years there was no price increase in this area.

The PS5 was also announced later on. I expected the price of the PS5 to be around this. The PS5 will be available in stores for $ 499.99. The Digital Edition, on the other hand, looks more expensive compared to the Xbox Series S, but offers better performance for just $ 399. That seems like a pretty good offer. Myself, I buy games on PlayStation Store anyway, so for me, this console for $ 100 cheaper seems like a really good choice. It will be released on 12th of November, 2020 in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South Korea. It will be available in the rest of the world from 19th. This was due to production capacity. At the time, the PS4 started at $ 400, while the xbox started at $ 500. But on the one hand, it was a long time ago. On the other hand, the PS3 unfortunately didn’t bring the success that Sony expected, so they couldn’t go wrong with the PS4 sales numbers. The Xbox began to take over the market. As a PS4 owner, I am confident that the PS5 will be a success. There were some titles that are still very dear to me from my childhood. These include Gran Turismo 7 and Oddworld: Soulstorm. The trailer for Days Gone 2 has also popped up, so a real cavalcade is expected. I look forward to these.

Sony has created a pre-order page for those looking forward to the release. This is a good enough opportunity for them to assess their needs and be able to prepare for production. It’s also good for buyers because they’re supposed to be the first to get the new console, even though they haven’t officially announced that any rankings would exist

PS5 direct pre orders

PS5 vs Xbox Series X exclusives

After the introduction of Xbox games on 23rd of July, we have a much better idea of what to expect from the Xbox Series X in terms of exclusive games. Halo Infinite will still be the biggest title on the platform (though it won’t be available at launch), but there will also be Senua Saga: Hellblade II. The surprising revelation of Fable 4 means Xbox fans will eventually have a new chapter in the popular fantasy franchise, but it probably won’t be the biggest title. More key games are Forza Motorsport 8, which is a big favorite of mine, and State of Decay 3, where we can continue to write about zombies.

What’s really interesting is that exclusive games for the Xbox Series X will be available on PC as well, but later even on Xbox One. Microsoft seems to be prioritizing the ecosystem over individual consoles.

We know quite a few PS5 exclusive ones, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Days Gone 2. At the moment, these titles look like real PS5 exclusive, so no you will be able to run them on PC. This reason can still be a strong pull towards buying a Play Station, as with certain games to play it is simply unavoidable to buy a console for it.

Since I have a pretty strong PC configuration and Xbox games are also available for PC, I don’t need to buy an Xbox. However, I bought each generation from the Play Station. This will also be part of my collection. I pretty much think most pro gamers who want to play games on both consoles have a similar view. If you just want to just play for a short time, occasionally, buying an Xbox can also be a great decision instead of developing a more serious PC configuration.

PS5 EXCLUSIVE GAMES

(list may change in the future)

  • Astro's Playroom
  • Bugsnax (timed exclusive)
  • Deathloop (timed)
  • Demon's Souls
  • Destruction AllStars
  • GhostWire: Tokyo (timed)
  • Godfall (timed)
  • Goodbye Volcano High (timed; also on PS4)
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Days Gone II
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm (timed; also on PS4)
  • Project Athia (working title)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Returnal
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Stray

PS5 MULTIPLATFORM GAMES

(list may change in the future)

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Chorus
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dying Light 2
  • Dustborn
  • Far Cry 6
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Gothic
  • Hitman 3
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Nice: Bridge of Spirits
  • Little Devil Inside
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • Outriders
  • Paradise Lost
  • The Pathless
  • Pragmata
  • Recompile
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Solar Ash
  • Starfield
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood

PS4 GAMES GETTING PS5 UPGRADES

(list may change in the future)

  • Chivalry 2
  • Control
  • Cris Tales
  • Demon Turf
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 / Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9
  • Worms Rumble

PS5 - The Future of Gaming Show

XBOX SERIES X (AND PC) EXCLUSIVE GAMES

(list may change in the future)

  • As Dusk Falls
  • Avowed
  • Everwild
  • Fable
  • Forza Motorsport 8
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • The Gunk
  • The Medium
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
  • Scorn
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2
  • STALKER 2
  • State of Decay 3
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

XBOX SERIES X MULTIPLATFORM GAMES

(list may change in the future)

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • Chorus (Smart Delivery)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Smart Delivery)
  • Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Dying Light 2
  • Dustborn
  • Far Cry 6
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Gothic
  • Hitman 3
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Metal: Hellsinger (Smart Delivery)
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
  • Outriders
  • Paradise Lost
  • Pragmata
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Recompile
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus (Smart Delivery)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Solar Ash
  • Starfield
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 (Smart Delivery)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)

XBOX ONE GAMES GETTING XBOX SERIES X UPGRADES

(list may change in the future)

  • Chivalry 2
  • Control
  • Cris Tales
  • Demon Turf
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5 (Smart Delivery)
  • FIFA 21
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5 (Smart Delivery)
  • Gears Tactics
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Grounded
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Sea of ​​Thieves
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Warframe
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9

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PS5 vs. Xbox Series X graphics

Looking at the table above, you can see that the Xbox Series X has slightly stronger specifications. It’s hard to say whether the Xbox Series X will necessarily deliver slightly better performance and graphics than the PS5. This difference was already present in the previous generation. My personal experience is that the PS4 provided a slightly worse graphics performance than the Xbox at the time, but that didn’t kill the gaming experience. For anyone who wants to hesitate on these numbers, my message is superfluous. Both consoles will provide a perfect gaming experience. The differences are minimal. In what follows, I will only interpret the parameters described.

First, let’s take a look at the hardware involved. There doesn’t seem to be a huge difference between CPUs, although Xbox Series Xs are slightly faster. The GPU’s processing power - 10.3 teraflops for the PS5 and 12 teraflops for the Xbox Series X - seems a bit stronger. Teraflop refers to how many operations per second a piece of hardware can handle. Because a single teraflop can account for 10 ^ 12 operations per second, a difference of 1.7 can make a significant difference in graphics.

But remember: Just because a GPU offers 12 teraflops of computing power, that doesn’t necessarily mean every game takes full advantage of them. It also depends on how well the games have been optimized, especially third-party games that need to offer relative parity between their PS5 and Xbox Series X versions.

SSDs can also have a big impact on game performance. Since both consoles come with a built-in SSD, games will load much faster than before. But so far, only Sony has provided specific details on how fast your SSD can load games and how the PS5 compares to SSDs currently on the market. This is another metric that is likely to vary from game to game.

At the moment, we can say that both systems appear to be quite strong and that the Xbox Series X has potential benefits, especially in terms of graphics display.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X design

The Xbox Series X has a fairly conservative design. Microsoft’s next console will look like a vertical PC tower with a sleek black case and a small, stylish Xbox logo in the top left corner. There is also a disk drive on the front of the console. The whole thing looks pleasantly geometric and you can place it horizontally if there isn’t enough vertical space in the entertainment center.

The recently unveiled Xbox Series S also follows the sleek angular line. Unlike the X, it will be available in white. In addition to the smaller size, you get less power, but you can still guarantee a 1080p gaming experience.

Xbox Series S

(Image credit: Microsoft)

The design of the PS5, on the other hand, is quite different. Sony’s next-generation console looks like a rounded black rectangle surrounded by two white fins that converge almost downward in a triangular shape. Opinions about this unusual look are very divided, but I think it looks very good. It will fit into the overall look of your room differently for everyone, but it is not played as a room decoration. In my opinion, it looks better compared to the Xbox.

PS5

(Image credit: Sony)

The PS5 will also be available in two different configurations: a standard version with a disk drive and a Digital Edition that does not include a disk reader. Of course, you can also play physical titles in the former, not in the latter.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X backwards compatibility

Both Sony and Microsoft have been very open about how backward compatibility will work on their systems. Currently, the Xbox Series X seems to have more serious features, but the PS5 should also include plenty of older games as well.

Microsoft has promised that all Xbox One games will be compatible with the Xbox Series X. In addition, Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system ensures that when you purchase an Xbox One game that is also available on the Xbox Series X, you automatically receive the Xbox Series X version when you upgrade your console. In addition, a bunch of selected Xbox 360 and original Xbox games also work with the system. (If an Xbox 360 or original Xbox game is currently running on Xbox One, it will also work on Xbox Series X.) It's pretty simple.

Another potential benefit of the Xbox Series X is that it will run many backward-compatible games better than their original systems would be able to. Microsoft is committed to improving some of your favorite old titles so they can run at 4K resolution or up to 120 frames per second. While it’s not yet clear which games will get this treatment, we can safely say that at least some old games will look and run better than ever on the Xbox Series X.

Sony’s approach is a little less specific. The PS5 will use a kind of universalized software to run PS4 games on the PS5. Game enhancements optimized for the PS4 Pro will continue to apply. But because software is a kind of all-encompassing application, there is no guarantee that every title will work just as well.

While Sony has never promised backward compatibility outside of the PS4, it now seems clear that PS1, PS2 and PS3 games will not work on the PS5. The entry on the Ubisoft support page makes it clear that although PS5 owners are able to update some of their PS4 addresses, there is no such option for PS1, PS2 or PS3 addresses. Sony hasn’t even put it that it provides full backward compatibility, but it’s good to be aware of these facts.

Sony has stated that most of the top 100 PS4 games so far work very well on the PS5 and will also run on the new console. But we’re not yet sure if Sony will release backwards-compatible games piece by piece, or let users try anything and see what works. In any case, this is not as specific as what Microsoft promised.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X subscriptions

This part will be a bit speculative, as neither Microsoft nor Sony has outlined the exact plans for the game’s streaming services on next-generation consoles. But both companies have cloud-based gaming infrastructure, and it’s foolish to think these resources will be thrown out the window by the end of the year.

PlayStation Now is Sony's game streaming service. For an average subscription fee ($ 6-10 per month), players can stream (and occasionally download) a variety of PS2, PS3, and PS4 hits, up to popular exclusive items like God of War (2018). I imagine the PS5 also offers PS Now options, though it’s harder to tell if you’ll ever broadcast PS5 games. You can also stream PS Now games to a computer, although it does not work with smartphones, streaming players, or smart TVs.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has Project xCloud. This game streaming service has been in beta for a long time, but on September 15th it is finally heading for everyday consumers. If players sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($ 15 a month), they can stream Xbox games directly to their Android phones or tablets without having to use an Xbox console as an intermediary. Saving data is transferred whether you are playing on a console, PC or mobile device. The Xbox Series X will almost certainly use the same architecture.

Hopefully we can find out more specific details about subscriptions later. For now, the infrastructure is present for both Microsoft and Sony.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X virtual reality

One area where the PS5 has a clear advantage over the Xbox Series X is virtual reality. The PS5 will be fully compatible with PlayStation VR headphones (and presumably the PSVR library of games). However, a new PSVR headset could also be made for the PS5.

Microsoft, on the other hand, does not design Xbox Series X VR headphones. We’ve never gotten this on the Xbox One either, suggesting that Microsoft probably isn’t terribly interested in this kind of technology. Whether this causes frustration or indifference depends largely on how much you invest in VR technology.

Summary

What has been described may give you a good starting point for your purchase, but makes it clear which console is better to buy than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. There is no huge difference in performance. Neither in their price. If I were you I would look through the game list, to see what you would love to play with. If there are any titles that you will only be able to run on one of them. Examine how much control you have over the controller. For example, for me Xbox is uncomfortable, but it’s because I’ve been using the PS controller ever since I was a kid. Everyone is comforted with something different. If you have a strong PC, it may be a good idea to run games released on the Xbox and you don't have to buy a console to do so. There are currently no live game tests available, so I can't comment on that yet. Because of my personal life situation, the PS5 will be a good choice for me because of the 3 main exclusive titles are dear to me.

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