Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles are two great gaming gadgets to have. They both arrive at similar goals through different means, from form factor to storage to controllers and much more.

Here’s how they measure against each other. Compare and see which gaming powerhouse is the one for you.

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5

Design

Originally, when the Xbox was first developed, the console looked like a box with a huge X on it. It later started evolving into a much better design which is a classy black box with a tiny X on it. The Xbox X is designed in such a way that it is sure to attract buyers. The joystick looks great and is easier to operate, ensuring the success of this Xbox.

On the other hand, the new PS5 also looks classy and modern. However, there is not much change in design from the previous series. It is also very tall. It looks very sleek. However, the device is bulky and not flexible.

Pricing and Release

Both the consoles fall more or less in the same price category. They are $500 each. Their sub models are $300 each. However, to get these consoles at a lower price, you can start pre ordering. 

Xbox X is up for sale on November 10 whereas PS5 is releasing on November 12.

Performance

Nothing can be said about the performance until the consoles are up for sales.

The Xbox Series X is aiming for 4K gaming at up 120 fps with 60 fps as the minimum target. Support for 8K gaming is also present, but without specific frame rate targets. Ray tracing is being added to Xbox X. No claims have been made regarding the audio effects.

The PS5 is said to be capable of 4K gaming at up to 120 fps and will have support for 8K gaming without specific frame rate targets. Support for ray tracing is also being added to the new PlayStation. It is aimed to deliver more realistic lighting in games and 3D audio effects.

Processors

The new consoles are claimed to be more powerful than their predecessors. Both have a similar RAM of 16GB.

On close analysis, it is found that the new Xbox X is four times more powerful than Xbox one. It is equipped with a custom Zen 2 eight-core processor running at 3.8GHz per core.

The PS5 also comes with a custom Zen 2 eight-core processor. It however runs at only 3.5GHz per core.

Graphics

They both run RDNA 2 graphics. However, the GPU of Xbox X has 12 TFLOPS of power across 52 CUs. On the other hand, the PS5 has only 10.3 TFLOPS of power across 36 CUs.

Storage

Both have SSDs (solid state drives) for storage. This speeds up loading time.

Xbox X has 1TB internal SSD with 802 GB. PS5 has lesser storage space. It has 825 GB storage, however, only 667GB is available for storing games.

Xbox X offers an additional 1 TB storage space that you can purchase.

Cloud Gaming

Xbox X offers cloud gaming with Xbox game pass ultimate. It is a part of the Xbox game pass ultimate subscription. PS5 is yet to confirm the availability of cloud gaming.

Backward Compatibility

Microsoft and Sony have both promised backward compatibility. Xbox Series X promises the next-gen console will not only play all Xbox One games, but it will also include Game Pass games and over 600 Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. In addition, Microsoft has stated that the older games will “play better than ever before” on the Xbox Series X with double the frame rate on some games along with increased resolution and HDR support. Xbox One accessories will also be supported by the Xbox Series X.

Sony isn’t quite up to the same standard. Sony claims that up to 99%of PS4 games can be played on the PS5.

As per expert reviews, Xbox X seems to be more backward compatible.

Image Courtesy IGN
Image Courtesy IGN

Final Outlook 

The specs for the PS5 don’t quite hold up to the Xbox Series X, and until Sony can show real-world results that its hardware is up to the challenge, we have to give the performance nod to the Xbox Series X.

With both costing around the same amount, the main choice could come down to the games. Sony continues to have a more common roster of exclusive games, while Microsoft is not shy about planning to purchase more game studios.

All in all, Xbox appears to be the best gaming console. But the rivalry between Xbox 
and PS5 is tighter than it seems.