Every gamer is looking forward to the 2020 holidays as that is when the Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are set to be released to the market. These two truly remarkable platforms have been fighting for over a decade as to who can provide the optimal gaming experience. So, in this blog, we will put the PS5 and Xbox Series X heat to head and compare everything that we already know about them like price, design, specs, graphics, compatibility, as well as a deep look into what VR could potentially offer.
The PS5 is better in every way than its predecessor, PS4 Pro. Apart from the 175GB reduction in storage space, nothing else comes close to the PS5. The GPU is almost two and a half times more powerful, with the PS5 having 10.3 teraflops and PS4 Pro with 4.2 teraflops. The number of operations per second that a piece of hardware can handle is referred to as a teraflop.
The PS5 will come in two versions, a regular PS5, and a PS5 digital edition. The main difference between the two is that the PS5 digital edition does not have an optical disc drive. The disc drive gives the regular PS5 a bulk on one side, making it look slightly asymmetrical.
The PS4 Pro was released in 2016 as a step up from the standard PlayStation 4, whose visuals were at 1080P. It went up to 4K in the new model, and this too, will be available in the PS5.
Xbox Series X
Before it was unveiled at the 2019 Game Awards, it was known as Project Scarlett. The new Xbox Series X boasts a powerful 12 Teraflops GPU that is twice as powerful as the previous model, Xbox One X. Both have an eight-core CPU but with different clock speeds. The clock frequency of the Xbox Series X is at 3.8GHz and that of the Xbox One X at 2.3GHz.
This console uses a small custom Project Scarlett SoC (System on Chip) with a 7nm process. The chip is more efficient when the process is smaller, meaning that it will be able to perform more while consuming less power.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series X Price
Bad news first, none of these consoles has a confirmed price yet. The Xbox One X was launched at $500 while PS4 Pro at $400. The new models are rumoured to cost around $500, but you cannot be sure until the companies make the official announcement. If you want to start saving now, aim for a minimum target of $500.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Design
Microsoft’s new console will look like a vertical PC tower. On the front, there is an illuminated Xbox logo and the disk slot. It has an approximate height of 11.9 inches and 6 inches equal width and depth. On the top is a massive fan for cooling which also allows it to be positioned both vertically and horizontally.
The PS5 has a more exciting look. The box is white with a black middle section. The components are held in this section, and its edges also appear to have some ventilation for cooling. The PS5 digital edition has a continuous sleek look compared to the regular PS5 with a slight bump on the side for the disc drive.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Controller
The most important part of a controller is the feeling it gives you when you are holding it. At the moment, we cannot find that out. We can only gauge this by looking at the appearance and design of these two controllers. The PS5 DualSense looks slightly smaller but similar to the Xbox controller. However, the design language of PlayStation is easily recognizable. It seems like a DualShock 4 whose edges and bumps are smoothed out and given an attractive black and white colour.
The Xbox Series X controller is a slight improvement of the Xbox One controller. The main distinction between them is a sharing button found at the dead centre of the Xbox Series X controller. The smoothed out angles and indentations are similar to those of the PS5 controller. It will be difficult for gamers to choose between the two controllers as both have a similar appearance.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Specs
Below is the comparison of the two console’s specs:
|Specs||PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2||8-core 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2|
|GPU||10.3 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2||12.0 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2|
|Memory Bandwidth||10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 360GB/s||448GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1TB custom NVMe SSD||825GB custom SSD|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD||USB HDD Support|
|RAM||16 GB GDDR6||16 GB DDR6|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Frame Rate||Up to 120 fps||Up to 120 fps|
|Resolution||720p, 1080p,1440p, 4K UHD and 8K UHD||720p, 1080p,1440p, 4K UHD and 8K UHD|
The GPU and CPU units appear similar, but being custom-built, measuring their power at the moment is challenging. Both consoles will be capable of ray tracing. It is the technique for generating an image by trying to emulate how light works in the real world. This technique traces the path of light as it reflects and refracts and simulates this on virtual objects.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Graphics
According to the comparison above, the Xbox Series X has slightly more powerful specs than PS5. It is still hard to say whether this difference will determine the performance and graphics.
A single teraflop can represent a huge difference in graphics. The Xbox Series X has a higher teraflop than PS5. It does not necessarily mean that every game will utilize all this. It will also depend on how well a game is optimized.
The two consoles seem compelling when it comes to graphics. However, the Xbox Series X appears to have the upper hand being slightly more powerful.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Backward Compatibility
Sony and Microsoft have both been open about how backward compatibility will work in both consoles. Every Xbox One game will be compatible with the Xbox Series X. A few Xbox 360 games that are compatible with Xbox One will also work on the Xbox Series X. This console will run many backward compatible games than any of Microsoft’s original systems.
Sony’s promise on backward compatibility is not as inclusive as Microsoft’s. They stated that the majority of the top 100 PS4 games run well on the PS5. It is still unclear whether all PS4 Pro games will be compatible.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Games
During the official unveiling of the PS5 in June 2020, Sony showed off a few exclusive games. They are Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet and Clank, Drift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales, and Demon’s Souls Remake.
Microsoft’s confirmed titles are only Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga. However, Smart delivery is one of Microsoft’s powerful features that Sony is yet to adopt. This technique will enable games that are already owned on Xbox One or Windows 10 to be upgraded for free on Xbox Series X.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Virtual Reality
Sony has not confirmed any new headset in development but has stated that PlayStation VR will be compatible with PS5. Microsoft consoles do not support VR. This trend will continue with their new console.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series Release Dates
Both Sony and Microsoft have not given a specific date for the launch of the next-gen consoles. They are both likely to be released during the 2020 holidays. It means we are looking at between October and December. However, this could change due to COVID-19, but none of the companies has announced any changes yet. So, if you are looking to preorder any of the two, hopefully, but putting those platforms head to head, we made your choice easier.