PlayStation 5 Vs Xbox Series X

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After our comparison of the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite, it was necessary to then compare the budget alternatives to Sony and Microsoft’s goliath consoles. Therefore, following the natural order of things, a side-by-side examination of the full-price models was always on the books.Here is our PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X comparison.

In this day and age, gaming technology has become unprecedentedly advanced and by default, complicated. Coupled with the stock shortages from rampant sales, people have a lot of time on their hands to make a decision and weigh up the pros and cons. Hopefully, this article can alleviate any headaches for you.

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Pricing 

We began with pricing in our face-off between the digital PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S. In short, money does not grow on trees. For many people, it will be one of the first things they consider when making a decision.  

At the time of writing, the PlayStation 5 retails for £449.99 ($499) and the Xbox Series X is priced the same, also £449.99 ($499), both without bundles, sales or price hikes. You will be expected to fork out an extra £19 ($26) for a battery pack to use your Xbox Series X wirelessly. This is considered an out-of-the-box necessity by some. There will be more on this later. 

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Internal Tech and Specs

Like I said on the PlayStation 5 Digital vs. Xbox Series S article, this is where things get quite complex. There are lots of terms and numbers involved that might not mean much to some people. That is fine! So like the previous comparison, I will try to keep this straightforward. 

First and foremost, both systems come with Ultra HD Blu-ray drives. Allowing for physical media such as games, Blu-rays, and DVDs. The two consoles also come loaded with Solid-State Drives (SSD) to ensure supremely fast loading times when starting up games. 

The PlayStation 5 offers 825GB of storage, falling short of the Xbox Series X’s 1TB. They also come with custom-built eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPUs, with the PlayStation 5 running at 3.5Ghz compared to the Xbox Series X’s 3.8Ghz. Furthermore, the PlayStation 5 provides 10.28 TFLOPS as compared to the Xbox Series X’s 12. Fairly small margins overall, but the Xbox Series X wins this round. 

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Graphics Output and Resolution

The graphical capabilities of the two systems are more evenly matched compared to their digital counterparts. They both support up to 8K resolutions (when it becomes available) at 120 frames per second and 120Hz refresh rate. This means that the visual capabilities are the apex available at the time of writing, impeccably smooth and will hold up well into the future. 

It is worth noting that they also support ray tracing. Basically this is lighting, reflections and shadows will appear and be interacted with the same as in real-life and their natural behaviours.  

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Controllers

The controllers are no different than the ones that come with the Series S and digital PlayStation 5. In case you missed our previous article, here is a quick rundown of the facts. 

The new ‘DualSense’ controller from Sony focuses on immersion, namely with its use of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. This means that the controller physically responds to specific actions in games, such as the triggers tightening when you pull on a bowstring and the rumble responding to different settings, like movement and ground textures. Sony’s new controller has features that are little difficult to describe, so click here to a view a more detailed walkthrough. 

Microsoft, on the other hand, effectively doubled down on their existing Xbox One controller, adding a ‘share’ button and improved grips on the controller. It is worth noting, you are still required to buy a rechargeable battery pack separately. Otherwise, it is back to those trusty AA batteries Xbox gamers have come to be familiar with over the years. 

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Backwards Compatibility

A point that I left out of the comparison of the digital consoles but both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X offer backwards compatibility, to different extents. This can certainly get complicated; I will simplify it to the best of my abilities but feel free to read into it more if you dare. 

The Xbox Series X offers backwards compatibility for the majority of Xbox One games, 568 for Xbox 360 and 39 for the original Xbox. The PlayStation 5 will offer backwards compatibility for the vast majority of PlayStation 4 titles but games from previous consoles must be downloaded from the store. 

Not only do both systems support the use of game disks but those games in question will benefit from the advanced hardware. Improved load speeds, frame rates and a higher resolution for many games. It is refreshing to see both Sony and Microsoft taking full advantage of backwards compatibility, potentially saving you a lot of space in your entertainment systems.    

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Verdict

That was our extensive comparison, PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X. All in all, whichever console you decide on, you will be receiving a cutting-edge piece of gaming tech. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X support up to 8K resolutions at 120 frames per second, so they are certainly investments for the future. Although there are some differences in the processing capabilities. They are generally small margins overall. As far as backwards compatibility is concerned, the catalogue of games available for both consoles is impressive but Microsoft’s spans that much further

Sony’s DualSense controller epitomises the ‘next-gen’ experience with its new immersion features. Microsoft on the other hand, maintains faith in the older, tried and tested design of the Xbox One controller, with a slight upgrade but still no built-in battery pack. However, one very impressive feature to the Xbox Series X is the compatibility it has for previous controller models. Potentially saving you a lot of money when it comes to acquiring spare controllers.   

While we covered in this PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X comparison that there are certainly differences between them, none are so crucial as to determine a clear winner. Ultimately, your decision should be made by which exclusive games excite you the most and what your friends will be using for online gameplay. Whichever your choice, you are in for a treat. If you are looking to save a few pennies, then check out our comparison of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and the Xbox Series S.