PS5 vs Xbox Series X, the console war of all console wars. They both have the same release window, who will come out on top and win the console war?

PS5 vs Xbox Series X, so what do we know so far?

PS5 vs Xbox Series X, both consoles are due to be released for the 2020 holiday season and have competing next gen features which will enhance the future of gaming. But which will come out on top?

With such similar specs, Sony will continuing its reign on first-part games, with leading sequels such as Horizon Zero Dawn: Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Microsoft on the other hand will likely lean heavily third-party games. However, the Xbox Series X still has exclusives such as Halo Infinite, Fable 4 and State of Decay 3.

Predictions have been made that the PS5 and the Xbox Series X could have a price tag of around $499 which would mean £449 in the UK market.

We will be exploring the specs, design and games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X to help you know everything you need to know about these upcoming consoles.

The Specs

When we actually get to see these two console perform, will we know truly what they are capable of, but until then, both Microsoft and Sony claims they are close to one another in terms of performance.

The PS5 will be capable of gaming at 4K with up to 120 fps and will have support for 8K and ray tracing which will give games more realistic lighting.

The Xbox Series X will be quite similar with being able to game at 4k at up to 120 fps with 60fps being the minimum fps targe and will also support ray tracing for more realistic lighting in games.

Both consoles will sport an SSD vs HDD from the previous generation, which they claim will dramatically reduce load times for games and applications.

PS5

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  • CPU: 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2
  • GPU: 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR6
  • storage: 825 GB custom SSD
  • Resolution: Up to 8K
  • Frame Rate: Up to 120 fps
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X Chip
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  • CPU: 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2
  • GPU: 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR6
  • Process: 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 1 TB custom NVMe SSD
  • Resolution: Up to 8K
  • Frame Rate: Up to 120 fps
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Performance Target: 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS

The Designs

Whether you’re into the modern ‘Wi-Fi router’ looking design of the PS5 or the ‘simplistic’ design of the Xbox Series X both consoles have a unique design and will look good as part of any gaming setup.

PS5

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The PS5 will sport a white and black design with their signature blue lights that will run down the inner sides of the console. Similarly, the controller will have a matching aesthetic. The PS5 will be available in both a digital and 4k disc version. With the digital version being significantly cheaper.

PS5 Controller: PlayStation’s new dual sense controller has features which reminisce the traditional Xbox take; with the analogues appearing lower and slightly closer together. The shoulder buttons appear to have been redesigned to incorporate a new level of haptic feedback, giving a more immersive gaming experience.

The new controllers also appear to have ditched the traditional colours buttons that we are used to seeing with PlayStation and replaced them with a sleek grey design.

Xbox Series X

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The Xbox Series X on the other hand has much more of a subtle design whilst looking similar to a mini pc tower. Whilst pictures of the Xbox Series X show it standing upright, it is also possible for it to be laid horizontally giving more flexibility to your home set up. There is also rumours of the Xbox Series S which could potentially be similar to the PS5 digital only version.

The Xbox controller does not appear to have changed much from the classic Xbox controller that we have become accustomed to, which we cant say it a bad thing considering the effectiveness of their current controllers.

The Games

Both consoles are going to have amazing lineups at launch, some amazing console exclusives, some amazing first-party and third-party games. No matter which console you choose, you won’t be left disappointed.

PS5

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Sony appears to have the upper hand when it comes to future exclusive game releases. The official PS5 event Sony showed off exclusives including Horizon Zero Dawn: Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank: Drift Apart, Demon’s Souls Remake and Gran Turismo 7.

The PS5 will boast backwards compatibility for all the PS4 titles on initial release however there are rumours that given time the PS5 will be able to play all past titles from past generation PlayStation consoles.

Xbox Series X

Halo Infinite
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Microsoft sports a smaller library of exclusive titles for initial release, with the only titles confirmed being Halo Infinite, Forza Motosport, State Of Decay 3, Everwild: Eternals and Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga. We couldn’t write about games without mentioning ‘Smart Delivery’ which allows players free access to next-gen versions of the games they already own on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The Xbox Series X also boasts backwards compatibility for all Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, allowing players access to four generations of console games.

Conclusion

When we say PS5 vs Xbox Series X, we still have a lot to learn about both consoles but what we do know is that they are definitely going to be next gen in terms of spec, design and games.

When it comes to next generation gaming experience for console gamer’s these consoles will definitely pack a lot of punch with both Sony and Microsoft’s commitment better frame rates and snappier gaming; thanks to the use of SSD tech.

With both consoles rocking such similar tech its anyone’s guess who will win this console war. Will consoles be judged on the initial games at launch or will players be looking at the potential to remote stream and enjoy backward compatibility?

At the end of the day it’s likely that both consoles will be extremely successful with fans having their own preference, whether it’s looking for that first party experience or smashing console exclusives. Whoever comes out as champion will have their work cut out for them and a fierce fight to the top.

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