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PS5 vs Xbox - What Should You Get?

PS5 vs Xbox - What Should You Get?

Written by 

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch

Posted 

18th Sep 2020 16:50

Another generation and another console war is brewing, once again putting thin pockets to the difficult decisions to pick their most suitable choice. Have you missed the first wave of pre-orders, and are you still undecided which console you should go with? Let’s make it quick and easy, shall we?

PS5 vs Xbox Series X - PRICE

Both the Xbox and the Playstation 5 are rolling out in two different versions which change the price points considerably. 

For the Playstation, a normal and a Digital Edition are available. The Digital Edition will cost £359.99 ($399.99 / € 399,99) while the normal version sits at £449.99 ($499.99 / €499.99).

The main things to consider between these two versions are the 4K Blu-Ray player and the ability to use physical games, allowing you to play used games which might save you money in the long run.

For the Xbox, there are two rather different versions called the Series X and the Series S. We will get into their differences in specs later. The Series S will cost £249 ($299 / €299) while the Series X will run you £449 ($499 / €499). Microsoft has also announced a potentially interesting payment plan starting at £20.99 a month and no upfront cost for a duration of 24 months. 

PS5 xbox series x
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PS5 vs Xbox Series X - SIZE

For the Playstation, the two versions only differ in the aforementioned disc-slot which determines the shape of it to a degree. Both versions are chunky and are among the biggest consoles ever at approximately 260mm (10.24 inches) deep, 390mm (15.4 inches) tall, and 104mm (4.09 inches) wide. The length of this beast wouldn’t fit in the average shoebox.

For the Xbox, the two versions are fundamentally different in both design and size. The Xbox Series S measures 275mm (10.8 inches) height, 151mm (5.9 inches) depth, and 63.5mm (2.5 inches) width, making it the smallest of the new console generation. The Xbox Series X is considerably thicker, measuring at 301mm (11.85 inches) and 151mm (5.9 inches) for both depth and width and thus is over twice the volume of the Series S.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X - SPECS

Both new generation consoles are packing a punch and remain relatively close, though the Xbox Series S at its price point had to significantly cut back on the hardware used.

Playstation 5 (also Digital Edition): 
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: Runs up to 8K
Frame Rate: Runs up to 120 FPS

Xbox Series X

CPU: 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2
GPU: 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2
RAM: 16 GB GDDR6
Storage: 1 TB custom NVMe SSD
Resolution: Runs up to 8K
Frame Rate: Runs up to 120 FPS

Xbox Series S

CPU: 8-core, 3.6 GHz AMD Zen 2
GPU: 4.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2
RAM: 10 GB GDDR6
Storage: 512 GB custom NVMe SSD
Resolution: Target 1440p 
Frame Rate: Runs up to 120 FPS, 60 FPS at 1440p

The Xbox Series X comes in as the slight hardware winner, though it remains to be seen how this will translate to actual in-game performance. The Series S is a considerable downgrade from the other two but might just be enough for your needs.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X - THE GAMES

Let’s be honest, the exclusives and overall available games matter a lot. The first good news is that both consoles promise backwards compatibility at least to their former generation, though Xbox with their All Access pass reaches even further back.

There are a lot of great titles on the horizon, some of them shared some of their console exclusives. For a full list of all announced Xbox games, check here. For the Playstation 5 list, click here. You may notice that the Playstation list is quite a bit longer but we feel that the quality and subjective flavour of those titles will be the determining factor for the average player. 

PS5 vs Xbox Series X - Console Wars

The console war wages on with the internet leaning towards Sony to be the repeat winner. Playstation convinces with their range of games and a performant console but Microsoft arguably pulled a genius move with their Xbox All Access pass, allowing to start gaming on a new generation console with no up-front cost and no annual percentage rate, allowing gamers who aren’t willing or capable to shell out for a next-gen console to start gaming from day one. 


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