PS5 vs Xbox Series X: which one to buy?

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The next generation of consoles has been on sale for over a year now, bringing 4K gaming to the masses at a fraction of the cost of a PC. Stock has been a bit of an issue with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which makes upgrading quite difficult, but before you rush to a console this year, which is better?

We’re going to compare the PS5 to the Xbox Series X to highlight their possible differences and make your life a little easier when it comes to choosing. We’ve looked at the PS5 versus the PC before and while they’re not quite as comparable, these next-gen consoles offer plenty of value for gamers looking to play in high resolution.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which should your next console be?

The PS5 and Xbox Series X give gamers a lot for their money. The next generation is here and in terms of looks, performance and the varied amount of games you can play, there’s no wrong choice.

As is often the case, the main reason to choose an Xbox Series X over the PS5 and vice versa comes down to the games, whether or not there’s cross-platform support and which console your friends get. Exclusive titles can sometimes be the deciding factor as well, but we’ll take a look at the major differences in specs, overall design, performance, and controller design.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X specs

PlayStation 5 Xbox series X
Dimensions 390 x 260 x 104mm 151 x 151 x 301mm
Weight 4.8kg / 10.54lbs 4.45KG / 9.8lbs
CPU 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2 3.8GHz Custom Zen 2
GPUs 10.28 TFLOPS 2.23GHz 12 TFLOPS 1.825GHz RDNA 2
Memory/bandwidth 16 GB of GDDR6 at 448 GB/s 16 GB GDDR6 (10 GB at 560 GB/s, 6 GB at 336 GB/s)
Storage room 825 GB SSD 1TB SSD
4K Yes Yes
HDR Yes Yes
Connectivity 1x USB-C, 3x USB-A, 1x HDMI 2.1,
ethernet
3 x USB-A, 1 x HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, SSD expansion
online services PSMore Xbox Live
Price $399 – $499 $499

As you can see the size of the two consoles vary, with the PS5 being slightly taller than the Xbox Series X. The Xbox is clearly more of a rectangle compared to the unique shape of the PS5, but other than that the specs are quite similar.

The PlayStation 5 weighs about a pound more than the Xbox and when it was released, the PS5 came in black and white, while the Xbox Series X came completely black.

Controller Differences

Starting with the Sony controller, the DualSense. It’s one of the best controllers to ever grace a console gamer’s hand and the name change from DualShock to DualSense comes as Sony ditched rumble motors in favor of haptic feedback. New technology inside these makes games more immersive, with resistance in the analog stick and variable resistance in the triggers, both of which simulate in-game responses.

The battery life of the PS5 controller has been extended compared to its predecessor and, obviously, the design has been tweaked. The overall shape is pretty close to the older controllers we’re used to from PlayStation, however, this genre feels like a hybrid between the two pads from Microsoft and Sony.

The Xbox Series X controller looks essentially identical to its predecessor, only now with the brand new share button integrated into the front. The directional pad (D-pad) has been updated and now looks/works like the Xbox One Elite 2 controller. There are no real technology changes and the shape and feel is the same as ever. If you love Xbox controllers, there’s nothing new to get used to here. These new Series X controllers offer cross-generation capabilities with the Xbox One and charge via USB-C cable.

Design

Both consoles have refreshed the look of their flagship gaming devices this time around, with the PS5 looking a bit like a modern art installation and the Series X taking a stealthier approach.

The design of the PS5 is a little loved/hated for some, with a curved and asymmetrical design. The front of the PS5 is glossy, making it a fingerprint magnet, while the Xbox Series X features a matte finish.

Both consoles can sit either vertically or horizontally, but since the Series X is essentially a cuboid, it feels a bit bulkier. That being said, both look stylish and would sit in the living room without a fuss.

Performance

Performance differences, for the most part, are unnoticeable/non-existent between the two. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are both capable of 60 FPS 4K gaming (depending on the game). Both consoles also have the ability to run at 120 FPS on a 120Hz monitor, again depending on the game.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have fast NVME SSD devices inside, however, the one featured in the PlayStation is slightly faster. You won’t notice almost any speed difference, but it’s worth pointing out that you get a 1TB drive in the Xbox and only 825GB in the PS5.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X price

Both consoles retail for around the same price, with the Xbox Series X and PS5 Disc variants both costing $499. The digital PS5 is $100 cheaper and obviously doesn’t come with a disc drive.

For those who have already removed the discs, the digital PS5 offers a lot of value in the gaming world. This makes it the cheapest platform to play a AAA title in 4k, impressive.

PS5 sales vs Xbox Series X sales

Sony reported that its quarterly sales reached 17.3 million worldwide as of December 2021. This makes the PS5 the best-selling and most popular console of all time. However, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X just passed 12 million in sales, which may be less but still equates to $16.28 billion in revenue for 2021. In fact, total game revenue, revenue content and services and the hardware review are all up for Xbox, which ultimately shows just how awesome the PS5 has been for Sony.

PS5 Games vs. Xbox Series X

Lots of games release for both Xbox Series X and PS5, but we all know there are some weird exclusives that can influence what we end up buying. What has been great in recent years is the increase in cross-platform gaming. Cross-platform between games helps take the stress out of getting the right system out of the equation, however, there are still some you need to be aware of,

The PS5 offers exclusive games such as God of War, The Last of Us, Demon’s Souls, Gran Turismo and Horizon Forbidden West.

Xbox Series X exclusive titles include Halo Infinite, Forza, Gears of War, and a few others. Microsoft acquired Bethesda and Activision, so who knows what the future holds.

What about backwards compatibility?

PS5 has some backwards compatibility, it is able to play PS4 and PSVR games. The PS5 is also backward compatible with the Sony VR headset, which is a first for the Sony console.

Xbox Series X supports previous generation games, just like we saw with Xbox One. This means you can play original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S games on this single machine.

Virtual reality support

Virtual reality support is another area where the PS5 and Xbox Series X excel. Some claim that the PS5 comes with better controllers and VR headsets, which means the Sony device has a slight advantage.

As mentioned earlier, the original PSVR headset works on the PS5 as long as you have the necessary adapters. The Xbox lets you use Oculus Rift S, Quest 2, and other headsets like the HTC Vive Pro. As it stands, Xbox has refused to build a proprietary VR system to cut costs.

cloud gaming

Both gaming systems allow users to download and play their favorite games without a hitch. The PS5 now has PlayStation, which lets you stream old PS3 and PS4 games, for a monthly fee.

The Xbox Series X has a similar feature known as Game Pass Ultimate. The Game Pass costs more than its PlayStation counterpart, but will let you stream games to Android, Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, and Series X/S/Xbox One consoles.

Last word

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are a great way to jump in and play games in 4K resolution. Gaming PCs cannot touch value in this sense. To most, it seems like the PS5 might have a slight edge, but that’s only because you can get the digital version for a lot less.

Other than that, these are on par, so you’ll have to base your decision solely on the exclusive game titles that are releasing in the future.

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