The PS5 vs. Xbox Series matchup is part of a two-decade struggle between Sony and Microsoft that will likely continue for many more decades to come.
With the holidays quickly approaching, so too are the release dates for these next-generation consoles. On November 10th Microsoft will release its Xbox Series consoles, followed shortly by Sony releasing the PS5 on November 12th.
Unlike most other forms of electronics, newer and better gaming consoles do not come out every single year. This makes the PS5 vs. Xbox Series battle that much more crucial.
Since most of us cannot justify buying both of them at launch, the question becomes which console is most worth our hard-earned cash?
Both Sony and Microsoft have worked tirelessly to win your affection, and choosing between them is not an easy task. Doing so requires careful consideration from a number of different angles.
The first thing we’ll examine in our PS5 vs. Xbox comparison is the various models these consoles come in.
For the PS5, it’s pretty straightforward. You can purchase the standard PS5, or you can opt for the Digital Edition, which costs more but comes without a blue-ray player.
It’s worth noting here that on the PlayStation 4, digital games take up the exact same amount of hard drive space as physical copies.
Assuming the same is true for PlayStation 5, there are only a few reasons to want the blue-ray player; For example, if you enjoy collecting the physical copies, you used your PlayStation 4 for playing blue-ray movies, or you have a poor internet connection.
Microsoft takes a different approach with the Xbox Series. Like the PS5, there is a blue ray version (the Xbox Series X), and a digital version (the Xbox Series S).
Note that unlike on the PS4, physical copies actually do take up less space than digital copies on the Xbox One. However, Microsoft has stated that digital copies on the Series S can take up 30 percent less space.
The main difference here is that unlike the PS5 Digital Edition, the Xbox Series S has completely different hardware from the Series X. In fact, it’s a much less powerful console.
It’s likely that the biggest differences you’ll notice with the Series S compared to the Series X are slightly slower load time and less impressive graphics. But, it’s still a next-gen console!
Financing Xbox Series
You can finance either of the Xbox Series consoles at 0 percent APR for a monthly payment that also includes two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
This will make the Xbox Series much more accessible to the general public.
Additionally, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes with over 100 hundred high-quality games available to play on both PC and Xbox Series consoles.
When it comes to PS5 vs. Xbox Series design, we have to say that Sony has Microsoft beat.
The PlayStation 5 looks like a next-gen console with its white and black color scheme and elegant curves. In our opinion, the Digital Edition looks slightly nicer since the blue-ray player on the standard PS5 looks out of place.
In contrast, the Xbox Series X just looks like a big black box, similar to a computer tower, although slightly smaller than the PS5.
This is where the Xbox Series S shines, however. It is the smallest Xbox console ever and only takes up about a third of the space of the Series X.
When it comes to hardware, the PS5 vs. Xbox competition is fierce. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In fact, it’s the subject of much debate, and for us to conclusively say that one is better than the other would be misleading.
The reality is that there are so many variables at play that we won’t know for sure until the console’s release in November. Until then, we can speculate on what we do know.
CPU is responsible for running through huge strings of code multiple times a second. It handles simulations, AI, physics engines, and more. The processor is what determines how fast your CPU is.
Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X use an 8-core AMD Zen 2 Processor. However, the Series X processor clocks at 3.8 GHz while the PS5’s comes in at 3.5 GHz.
Will gamers notice the difference? Probably not, especially because games made for the Series X also need to be playable on a PC.
Because the PS5 has more exclusive titles, developers may actually push the limits of its CPU further than those designing games for both PC and Xbox.
The graphics card determines the GPU, which in turn, affects draw distance and how quickly your console can update complicated graphics on your television screen.
Again, both the PS5 and Series X use the same card, which is an ADM RDNA 2. But again, the Series X comes out on top with 12.0 teraflops vs. the 10.3 of the PS5.
There are many other factors that come into play here, but teraflops are meant to give a general idea of which is faster.
This certainly suggests that the Xbox Series X has the advantage, but we can’t know for sure.
Storage and load times
Where Sony shines in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series mashup is in its hard drive.
The Xbox Series does have a full terabyte of space, whereas the PS5 only has 825 gigabytes. That is a 20 percent difference, so it’s nothing to turn your nose up at.
However, both consoles allow you to upgrade your storage space anyway.
What really matters is the speed of the hard drives. HDD speed determines how quickly games can update with new patches, and most importantly, how long loading screens take.
The PS5’s hard drive speed is two to four times faster than that of the Series X. It’s been shown that PS5 load times will be virtually instantaneous.
Keep in mind, though, that the Series X is still much faster than the Xbox One.
When it comes to every other spec, the PS5 vs. Xbox Series X comparison is moot.
Both consoles have 16 gigabytes of RAM and can handle 8k resolution (whenever that happens) and up to 120 frames per second.
Xbox Series S
Of course, the Series S just does not match up to the other consoles when it comes to tech specs.
But, if you’re a casual gamer who doesn’t feel like dropping more than $300 for a new console, the Series S might be for you. It also takes up way less space, which is certainly a plus.
Xbox Series Remote Play
One advantage Microsoft has in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series showdown is the ability to play games remotely from phones and tablets.
That’s right; you can stream Xbox games directly to your touchscreen devices without the need for a television.
Do this using an Xbox controller, or purchase the Razer Kishi, which is a controller that attaches to your phone. Microsoft also sells a mobile gaming clip for clipping your phone to a standard controller.
It gets better. You can also download Xbox Series games on your Windows 10 PC at no additional cost. Your save files will be seamlessly synced between PC and console.
Next up in the PS5 vs. Xbox Series arena is a detailed look at each consoles controllers.
In terms of design, the new Xbox controller is basically a slightly smaller version of the old one, albeit with the enhanced D-Pad found on the Elite wireless controller from Xbox One. ‘
Like its predecessor, it uses AA batteries instead of having a built-in rechargeable battery. If you want to charge your controllers, Microsoft offers a battery pack and USB-C cable or $25.
Fortunately, the Xbox Series controllers are still only $60 a piece. You can also use Xbox One controllers on your Series console, which is an excellent cost saver.
However, the new controllers have incredibly low latency, meaning there’s virtually no time between when you press a button and when the game reacts. So, you may just want to upgrade.
The low latency is a difference of milliseconds, but can certainly give you an edge against opponents. You can also use your new controllers to play older games.
Finally, it’s worth noting that traditionally Xbox controllers have been more comfortable than PlayStation’s.
In contrast to the Series controller, the PS5 DualSense controller looks significantly different from its predecessor.
It’s a little bulkier, which most people agree is a step in the right direction. The black and white color scheme matches the futuristic aesthetic of the console.
It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery pack and a USB-C cable but is $70 instead of $60. Also, when the battery dies, you pretty much just have to buy a new controller.
The DualSense uses enhanced haptic feedback vibration technology for more immersion. This means that different actions have a distinct vibration; For example, shooting an assault rifle is a different sensation from shooting a pistol.
The dynamic adaption triggers offer different levels of tension, depending on the action. Drawing a bowstring feels very different from swing a sword, for instance.
This controller also has motion technology. It probably won’t be utilized as much as on the Nintendo Switch, but it is nice to have.
Finally, a built-in microphone and speaker on the controller lets you voice chat without a headset. Of course, a quality headset is still preferred.
When it comes to PS5 vs. Xbox Series VR, it’s no contest. That’s because the Xbox Series consoles will not include any kind of VR capabilities at launch.
According to Microsoft, not enough people are asking for VR for them to implement it.
On the other hand, the PlayStation 5 will definitely have VR. However, we don’t know much about it at this point. What we can say is that existing PSVR games from the PS4 will likely look much better on the PS5 as a direct result of the improved hardware.
Our research tells us that virtual reality is a quickly expanding market, so we expect to see exciting things coming with it in the future.
Who wins the PS5 vs. Xbox Series battle for supremacy may very well depend on which games are available and when.
It’s no secret that PlayStation has more exclusive titles than the Xbox. For many people, wanting to play games from franchises like Spiderman, God of War, and Devil May Cry will be more than enough reason to buy a PS5.
One huge PS5 exclusive title that is sure to attract a lot of customers is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter game that we’re all very excited about.
But Microsoft has leaned into this fact brilliantly by making it so that games you buy digitally on Xbox are also available on your PC at no extra charge.
That, combined with the ability to play games remotely from touchscreen devices, means you can comfortably play games anywhere in your house (assuming you have a good internet connection).
PS5 Launch Titles
Here is a list of every new game that available on the PS5 from day one:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Astro’s Playroom
- Demon’s Souls
- Destruction All Stars
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Xbox Series S and X Launch Titles
And now for Xbox’s turn:
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Bright Memory
- Dirt 5
- FIFA 21
- Gears Tactics
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Observer: System Redux
- Tetris Effect: Connected
- The Falconeer
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
While these lists are rather short, they don’t tell the whole story of PS5 vs. Xbox Series day one games.
Games you purchased for the Xbox One and PlayStation 5 are playable on their next-gen counterparts and will likely look significantly better.
The Xbox Game Pass comes with over 100 games, and the PlayStation Plus bundle will also include a long list of older titles.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series: The Battle Rages On
Sony and Microsoft have developed very different ideologies for their next-gen consoles. While Sony continues to leverage its PlayStation- exclusive titles advantage, Microsoft has gone after flexibility and accessibility.
The PS5 looks and feels more futuristic with its fancy new controller, sleek design, and ability to play virtual reality. However, the Xbox Series consoles are much more affordable with the ability to finance and integrate seamlessly with your Windows 10 PC.
Which console do you think wins the PS5 vs. Xbox Series grudge match? Let us know in the comments below!