Both Microsoft and Sony have released next-generational consoles that are vastly superior to their previous projects. The Xbox Series X from Microsoft and the PlayStation 5 from Sony are phenomenal, yet rare, consoles. But from that comes the common question of which is the best? Well, we are going to quickly go over the key features and points of each console, and see which is on top.
Xbox Series X:
Having released on the 10th of November 2020 and at a price of £449 brand-new, the Xbox Series X released with some powerful specifications and entertaining games (with more being released overtime). Though at this time, it is very difficult to purchase an Xbox Series X due to small stock. Microsoft also released a cheaper, but not as powerful, console: the Xbox Series S at the same time for £249.
The Xbox Series X is extremely strong when looking at the specifications. Being twice as powerful the Xbox One X, the Xbox Series X is an astonishing piece of technology. With an incredibly strong processor, containing: a custom Zen 2 CPU that holds 8 cores that run at 3.8GHz and a custom RDNA 2 GPU boasting 12 teraflops of extraordinary performance and 52 CUs that run at 1.825GHz.
The Xbox Series X also holds mighty strong memory and storage. Containing an extremely fast internal custom NVME solid state drive (SSD) that holds 1 terabyte of storage. This can even be boosted with an external storage device, with Xbox Series X being able to support exclusive Seagate Expansion Cards (these are not included with the Xbox Series X or S). The Xbox Series X is also built with a mighty 16GB GGDR6 SDRAM that allows memory bandwidth to hit a peak of 10GB/s at 560GB/s.
Upon that, the Xbox Series X also has some incredible video features and capabilities. On the Xbox Series X, you can game online at a beautiful 4K resolution, allowing you to experience the highest quality graphics online. Not only that, but the Xbox Series X has a stunning HDR (high dynamic range) reaching a peak of 8K resolution. You can experience these phenomenal graphics with Xbox Series X’s optical drive (disc tray), allowing you play physical games or even watch 4K UHD Blu-Ray DVDs at the highest performance. On that subject, you will be blown away by the peak performance of the Xbox Series X, reaching an extremely high 120 FPS.
Experience lush and wonderful sounds with the immense sound systems included within the Xbox Series X. Making you feel surrounded by noise with the 3D Spatial Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio systems within the console. Boosting your online gaming experience to the next level.
Xbox Series X also holds a number of extremely important ports for your benefit. Including: one 2.1 HDMI port that allow you to get the most out of Variable Refresh Rate from your TV, 3 USB ports so you can plug in multiple devices of your choosing and an ethernet cable port to speed up your connection.
Backwards compatibility is a huge plus with the Xbox Series X. Being backwards compatible with both hardware and software from previous generation consoles. You can use your trusted Xbox One controller on the Xbox Series X and enjoy diverse and entertaining games from the Xbox 360 onwards. This way you don’t have to worry about leaving your old, favourite technology behind. But if you are looking for an enhanced experience, there are new controllers made for the Xbox Series X. With new features such as textured bumpers and triggers, a new share button and a circle pad rather than a d-pad. These are not massive improvements over the previous Xbox One controllers, but is an improvement regardless.
New features are vital with a new console release, and the Xbox Series X has plenty of them. Some major features included are: quick resume (allowing you to pause multiple games at once to play on another, then when you want to go back to another game you can pick up where you left off), smart delivery (you can purchase a game digitally on console and it will always be upgraded to its highest standard if you go on a higher tier console), full backwards compatibility and much more.
Most importantly, when discussing the Xbox Series X, are the games available. As previously mentioned, you can play games from previous consoles with a lot of Xbox One games being updated and improved so you have an even better experience. One complaint about the Xbox Series X was the lack of next-generation exclusive games being released on launch day. Although this will be resolved over time with releases of major games like Halo Infinite, the lack of brand-new games resulted in some people having to play games that had already released beforehand. However, gaming online is brilliant with the Xbox Series X, the presence of the Xbox Games Pass provides hundreds of games to experience and the presence of backwards compatibility mean that there is always more to be played.
Sony released its ambitious PS5 back on November 12th 2020 for some specific regions, and November 19th for the rest of the world. Costing £449 in the UK, the PlayStation 5 released with some fascinating games and brilliant features. As a result of this, PS5s are quite rare to purchase due to lack of stock. Releasing with both a disc (£449 on release), and digital version (£360 on release), the PS5 is an extremely sought-after console.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 boasts some very strong specifications, making it far more powerful than the previous PS4 Pro. Containing an excellent processor containing: a CPU made up of 8 Zen 2 cores running at 3.5GHz and a strong GPU holding 10.28 teraflops of excellent performance and 36 CUs running at 2.23 GHz.
The PS5 also offers excellent storage and memory features. The PlayStation 5’s storage is mainly internal, which is a custom 825GB SSD. But it also has the capability to be boosted thanks to the PS5’s NVME SSD slot, which can have an external hard drive inserted to boost storage space (external hard drive not included with PS5). Upon that, the PS5 has an excellent memory, holding a 16GB GDDR6 with a memory bandwidth of 448GB/s.
Experience extraordinary graphics with the PS5’s powerful video capabilities. The PlayStation allows resolutions of up to 8k to be used, allowing a stunning and beautiful visual experience. This experience is enhanced even further with the PS5’s ability to perform at 120 FPS, allowing a smooth and pleasant experience. You can even experience these brilliant capabilities through the PS5’s optical drive (if you have the disc version PS5), allowing you to experience the highest quality of physical games and Blu-Ray DVDs.
Whether you are playing on the PS5 through speakers or headphone, you will have the highest quality audio experience. With the PS5’s new Tempest Engine being capable of boasting a realistic experience and a mass variety of different noises. This experience is improved massively by Dolby Atmos, which is also included.
One of the best things about the PS5 is the brand new DualSense controller. The new features involved with this controller are a great improvement upon the previous PS4 controllers, and many other controllers available. One great new feature is the extraordinary haptic feedback, simulating different feelings through vibrations. The feedback from the controller can be changed by game developers to make players feel online worlds even greater. Developers can also change the resistance of the adaptive triggers of the controller to enhance the player’s experience. PS5 controllers can be used with any games on the PS5, but PS4 controllers can also be used for PS4 games on the PS5 (but not for PS5 games).
PlayStation 5 had a number of popular, high quality next-generation games release on launch day, with even more releasing over time. Releasing high quality games like Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales, Demon Souls and more. If that isn’t enough, the PS5 is also backwards compatible with the PS4, allowing you to play PS4 games on the PS5 greatly increasing the number of games you can play. Even more games are available through the PlayStation Plus Collection, granting PlayStation Plus member access to 20 highly rated games.
So, which is the greater?
Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are extremely phenomenal consoles, with both having their own great features and parts. Both having similar prices, audio quality, storage and memory and more. However, there are some major differences between the consoles. The Xbox Series X has some much greater features, such as a far better processor, greatly developed backwards compatibility features, a smaller console and more. But the PS5 has some extremely great features as well, such as: a superior controller, a greater range of exclusive games, a brand-new interface and more. Either way, these consoles have a great selection of features and specifications that make the consoles unique and interesting. No matter what console you choose, it will provide a great experience. Ultimately, the winner is decided by personal preference, Xbox Series X if you are looking for a greater performing console, PS5 if you want a greater variety of brand-new products.