Last week, Microsoft revealed the release date and price of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles to the world. Yesterday, Sony did the same for two PlaySation 5 consoles.
Let's take a look and see where PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S- the two giants- stand in the new era of console wars.
PlayStation 5 v/s. Xbox Series X
PlayStation 5 offers backwards compatibility with almost all PS4 games, including PS4 Pro titles. Xbox Series X offers backward compatibility with all Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
Those with a disc version of either consoles will be better off because older generation console CDs will be supported.
While the PS5 comes with an 8-core, 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU, the Xbox Series X has an 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU. On paper, the Xbox has a slight advantage.
PlayStation 5 will house a 10.28 teraflop, AMD RDNA 2 architecture GPU with 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz, whereas a 12.0 teraflop, AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 52 CUs @ 1.825GHz is offered in the Xbox Series X.
A 16 GB GDDR6 RAM is provided in both of these consoles.
825 GB custom SSD for the PlayStation 5 whereas a 1 TB custom NVMe SSD is provided in the Xbox Series X. NVMe SSD Slot is provided for external storage in the PlayStation 5 whereas the Xbox Series X comes with a 1 TB Expansion Card.
Resolution and frame rate
Both of these monster consoles offer 8k resolution along with gaming experience of up to 120 fps in both the consoles.
Optical Disc Drive-
Disc Drive of both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will play 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition v/s. Xbox Series S
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S have one thing in common. Both of these consoles come without a disc-drive. All the games are available online for purchase on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store respectively.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will offer backwards compatibility with almost all PS4 games, including PS4 Pro titles. Xbox Series S also offers backward compatibility with all Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition holds a 8-Core, 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU whereas Xbox Series S has 8-Core, 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU.
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will house a 10.28 teraflop, AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz, and the Xbox Series S comes with a 4 teraflop, AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 20 CUs @ 1.565GHz.
A 16 GB GDDR6 RAM is provided in the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console whereas the Xbox Series S is equipped with a 10 GB GDDR6 RAM.
825 GB custom SSD for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition whereas a 512 GB custom NVMe SSD is provided in the Xbox Series S. A NVMe SSD Slot is provided for external storage in the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition whereas the Xbox Series S comes with a 1 TB Expansion Card.
Resolution and framerate
The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition offers 8K resolution whereas the Xbox Series S has 1440p resolution. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition offers 120 FPS where as the Xbox Series S, although targeted at 60 FPS, is capable of running games at 120 FPS.
There are many upcoming games that are common to both of these next-gen consoles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy and Cyberpunk 2077.
But there are some which are console exclusive.
PlayStation 5 exclusives-
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Spiderman: Miles Morales
Gran Turismo 7
Microsoft has stated there won't be any exclusive games at the time of console launch. There are some that will be released in the near future which will also be available on PC.
Xbox Series X/S exclusives-
State of Decay 3
PlayStation 5 releases on 12 November 2020 in US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and a week later on 19 November 2020 for the rest of the world. The standard edition will cost you $499 while the Digital Edition will cost $399.
Xbox Series X and Series S launch on November 10, 2020 for $499 and $299 respectively.