A showdown between new consoles from two of the biggest names in gaming will be seen in the holiday season of 2020: Sony and Microsoft. On their new consoles, Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X, the companies have now provided plenty of information. The Xbox Series X arrives on November 10 which also comes with a cheaper version, the Xbox Series S. The PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12, with a "digital version" for the disc drive.
XBox series X vs PlayStation 5 Specifications:
When it comes to Xbox series x vs PlayStation 5 specs for their next-generation consoles, with their new machines' internal specs, both Sony and Microsoft seem to be on similar pages.
Xbox series X vs PlayStation 5 Processors:
A custom-built version of the third generation AMD Ryzen chipset, bundled in 8 cores with the company's new Zen 2 architecture and Navi graphics, will run on the PlayStation 5.
The Xbox Series X is marginally more powerful than the PlayStation 5 when it comes to the CPU. Compared to the PS5's 3.5 Gigahertz, the latest Xbox processor, also known as a CPU, will go up to slightly higher clock speeds at 3.8 Gigahertz. However, the difference is unlikely to have a significant effect on the gaming experience.
Xbox series X vs PlayStation 5 Graphics:
Processing units for graphics, generally known as GPUs, render graphics for games. Generally speaking, the more computing power the GPU of a console has, the better a game would look. Microsoft’s Xbox has 1.7 more TerraFlops on the GPU, a computing speed measurement chip than PlayStation does.
It should be noted that in its GPU architecture, Sony’s PlayStation has some variations that might translate into better graphics efficiency than it first seems. So when we see how the graphics look on different games, we can only know how all those numbers influence the visual experience.
Xbox series X vs PlayStation 5 Internal Storage:
There is 1 TB of internal storage for Xbox compared to 825 GB for PlayStation. Therefore, on internal storage, the Xbox Series X wins out. You will be told by every gamer that running out of memory on a console can be a hassle. But both console manufacturers now have cloud gaming solutions, PlayStation Now and Project xCloud, and since more players rely on the cloud, storage will become less important.
Xbox series X vs PlayStation 5 Controllers:
We also saw the revelation of a console controller that dropped the DualShock name for DualSense. The DualSense controller of PlayStation 5 can use haptic feedback as far as technology is concerned, replacing the rumble technology of the DualShock 4. To mimic touch, haptic feedback means that the controller creates sensations or gestures to imitate a real-life touch sensation, thus maximizing feedback and immersion.
While the new controller of Xbox has not seen any wild design change, apart from changing the design of the D-pad to make it more futuristic with keeping in mind the wide accessibility to all kinds of players, even the disabled ones. They have also maintained the controller to be compatible with the old generation of Xbox, mainly the Xbox One series.
Xbox series X vs. PlayStation 5 Screen Resolution and Performance:
The PS5 will also accommodate screen resolutions of up to 8K, much higher than most people's televisions' standard 1080p HD, let alone that of the increasingly popular 4K. It will also run at refresh rates of 120Hz, enabling super-smooth motion in sports. These are extremely high-performance specs, so we wouldn't expect a game to consistently meet these requirements (not to mention having an expensive TV to suit them), but it's nice to see what Sony is aiming for.
The newer generation of Xbox will come with two types of screen resolution: Series X will boast of 4k resolution i.e. 2160p with refresh rates of 60 Hz, up scaling to 120 frames per second. While its younger brother i.e. Series S will have a lower 1440p resolution with similar refresh rates as that of Series X.
Xbox series X vs. PlayStation 5 Prices:
The Xbox Series X will debut for $500 on November 10, while the PS5 will debut for $500 on November 12, too. Cheaper models will also be available for both consoles: the $400 PS5 Digital Edition and the $300 Xbox Series S, respectively.
Xbox series X vs. PlayStation 5 Exclusives:
Both the consoles, even their hardware remains almost the same generation wise, differ with their console exclusive games. Both the parent companies, Sony and Microsoft, have locked horns in acquiring game studios to pump out exclusives as fast as possible to put one over the other in the market. In this fierce competition, the consumer turns out to be the clear winner. But clearly, Microsoft has turned the results of this battle against itself. With its best game franchisee, Halo, put on hold on its newer sequel due to last-minute graphic tuning, thus leading to its 2021 release, Sony has been given a clear advantage. With a colourful and exciting roster of games upcoming with the release of PS5 like 'Spider-Man: Miles Morales', a newer sequel of 'Ratchet and Clank', 'Horizon 2: Forbidden West', 'Crash Bandicoot 4', the second part of Final Fantasy VII Remake, and many more, no one can deny Sony has been indubitably titled the winner in this initial engagement.
The Xbox Series X looks a little bit better, on paper at least. It has more strong hardware, greater compatibility with backward, and an appealing style. The ability of Project xCloud is to be more detailed than PS Now. If you're a fan of exclusive games or you want a cheaper yet efficient alternative of online games, then you should go for PS5.