PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have taken the tech market by storm. Consumers are just sipping down all of the PS5s and Xbox currently available in the market. If you have purchased the PS5 somehow, I must say you are super lucky.
This shortage may be the result of both the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and the Global Semiconductor Shortage. Now, this may change as 2021 progresses and the restrictions are relaxed. Anyways, if you haven’t yet purchased either of the two consoles and want a face-to-face battle to figure out which one is your bread and butter, then this article is your assistant.
Last year in November, Sony and Microsoft released their consoles to the world. With both standing on the same price table and exciting new features such as ray tracing, all-new haptics, whopping tech specs, and much more to blow the sense out of gamers. What is more is that new and new updates are going to pop out almost every month, thus adding some more spice to the dish.
But what you really need to know is that the two next-gen consoles are: extremely capable and powerful, can support 4k gaming @ 120 Frames Per Second, and also ray-tracing for cool mirror reflections alongside super-fast loading times. Some people even go on to say that the PS5 is a really capable Gaming PC.
Alright, let us dive into the meat and pie of this article and kick things off…
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Tech specifications
To start with, the PS5 has two main versions that include PS5 (Disk included) and the PS5 Digital Edition (Without disk), each having a different pricing rate.
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have some mind-blowing tech specs. To start with, the PS5’s GPU can calculate and estimate around 10.28 TeraFlops of data in just a few seconds (1 TeraFlop = 1 trillion calculations in 1 second). If we humans ever attempted to do these calculations on our own, we’d probably take around 310,000 years.
Furthermore, the PS5 is powered by a custom built-in AMD Rayzen chipset comprising of 8 cores with the new Zen 2 technology along with Navi graphics. The CPU runs at 3.5GHz with the GPU running 36 compute units at about 2.23GHz. Those parts paired together to give 16GB of GDDR6 and provide a Bandwidth of 448 GB/s. PlayStation 5 can run on 8k resolution if the TV supports it or otherwise it has a whopping default of 4k quality @ 120Hz refresh rate at the max that is if you have an HDMI 2.1 display (120Hz refresh rates work only for specific games but 60Hz refresh rate is everybody’s talk). All of this put in a pie enables the PS5 to perform ray-tracing with cool mirror reflections and other light-based settings.
In terms of audio, the PS5 doesn’t support Dolby Atmos or Dolby vision yet but it plans to do so in the next two years. In the meanwhile, the PS5 has the 3D Audio functionality for a start which is capable of handling hundreds of sounds together. Moreover, when you play a game the sound changes depending on which environment you are in. For example, in a room, you’ll hear sounds in echoes.
The real game-changer is the PS5’s DualSense Controller, a notch up from PS4‘s DualShock 4 controller. The new controller features incredible haptics. For instance: during gameplay, you will be able to feel rain pour on your hand, or the feeling of sand when walking on a beach, and many more. To add on, the controller has adaptive triggers which work according to the environment. For instance: when playing NBA 2K21 the triggers (In NBA 2K21 the triggers are used for player movement) become harder to press as your player’s fatigue increases or you could feel the tension of pulling back an arrow and many more other effects.
The DualSense Controller still has a headphone jack but alongside it are a built-in microphone and built-in speakers to chat and party with friends, even if you don’t have the PS5 Headphone. Quite interesting, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also added some unique features to its next-gen console. The Xbox Series X is powered by the same custom AMD Zen 2 chipset with the same RDNA 2 architecture. The chipset comprises 8 cores and 16 threads. The CPU has a base speed of 3.6GHz (the same as Intel’s Core i9-9900K) and a peak speed of around 3.8GHz (the i9-9900K’s CPU peak speed is 5GHz, way more than the Xbox’s).
Microsoft also boasts that its GPU offers 12 Teraflops of data, with 3328 shaders assigned to 52 compute units running at 1.825. Xbox also supports 8k resolution or otherwise 4k resolution @ 120Hz refresh rate, if you have an HDMI 2.1 compliant TV. Microsoft has equipped its next-gen console with Direct-X Ray-tracing techniques similar to the PS5.
In terms of storage, the Xbox has 1TB worth of NVMe SSD storage, considerably beating the PS5’s storage by a massive 125GB margin, leaving it behind at a base SSD storage of 825GB. Xbox’s SSD storage can be utilized as a virtual RAM to increase load times by 40x.
The standard RAM has 16GB with the GDDR6 – a pleasing step up from the Xbox One X’s 12GB with the variety of GDDR5. Furthermore, Microsoft has made Latency mode a talk of the past with new technologies uprising with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), communications improvement to the Controller, and Variable refresh rate (VRR).
Although the PS5 is absolutely capable of using ALLM and VRR technologies using its HDMI 2.1 port, Sony developers seem to be waiting for more 4k/120Hz TVs to enter the market.
Xbox Series X is backward compatible with the older accessories of prior Xbox versions, so you don’t have to go around buying new controllers and headphones. The new controller is familiar at first glance, with a dedicated built-in share button. Although it isn’t similar to the PS5’s DualSense controller, with no haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, it still has some cool dimensions and improved ergonomics.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Gaming
Both Microsoft and Sony have introduced new games with new features. Microsoft, on one hand, has announced, that it will remove Halo infinite, aka Halo 6 from its list of pre-installed, default games. This certainly will be a great loss inflicted upon Xbox X. Microsoft is undisputedly the king of backward compatible games, with its Game Pass collection offering many previous games available.
Meanwhile, PS5 has introduced Astro’s Playroom as its pre-installed, default game. This game takes full advantage of PS5’s DualSense Controller, including incredible haptics when falling into the water, running along the sandy beaches, or other interesting effects. Playing this game will surely get you to love the PS5 and its controller. In terms of game collection, the PS5 is a master at the collection of exclusives, with brand new games hitting the market such as Fifa 21, NBA 2K21, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and many other games.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5 Exclusive)
The core gameplay of Spider-Man: Miles Morales is based on the emergence of a new Spider-Man, named Miles Morales, who is officially trained by Peter Parker for over a year. The game is set in the same-crowded Manhattan City. Unlike the previous and original Spider-Man, Miles has a few more special powers, such as Venom Blast, invisibility, and electric shocks.
The story virtually begins when Miles and Peter accidentally crash a helicopter carrying Rhino and a few prisoners, hostage. No casualties are reported but Rhino and the Prisoners escape causing havoc in Manhattan. As the fight between Miles and Rhino continues, the robotic beast slams into a Gas factory and causing it to explode devastatingly.
The game utilizes the DualSense Controller’s haptics in some areas for like when you do a web shot or cling on the web but the usage of the technology isn’t quite frequent.
Microsoft Flight Simulator: Premium Deluxe Edition (Xbox Series X Game)
Being one of the top choices in the aircraft simulation industry, MS Flight Sim is a unique experience, with over 37,000 realistic, handcrafted airports, over 2 million cities, 1.5 billion buildings and structures, including real-life terrain, around 2 trillion trees, rivers, oceans, forests and mountains.
The simulator gives a real insight into a plane’s cockpit and aviation, thus testing the piloting capabilities of the player to extremes. This is achieved by different weather situations, technical faults, and large aircraft controlling. Aircraft are unlocked by flight hours and experience.
The cities are made to meet every single detail, from buildings, to coastline, to natural beauty. Airports are astonishingly designed to resemble their real-life copies. The Premium edition features 10 additional aircraft and airports including: the 787-10 Dreamliner and Dubai International Airport (DXB).
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Price Comparision
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are amazing consoles with cool new features. Their prices are also similar with the PS5 costing $499.99 in the USA and the Xbox Series X at $499.99 in the USA, as well.
It is hereby necessary to note that both consoles have a digital-only version (this means that there is no Disk) at different costs. The PS5 Digital Edition is priced at a hundred dollars less than the main edition standing at $399.99 in the USA. On the other hand, Xbox Series S (Xbox X’s Digital-only Edition) stands at $299.99, making it cheaper than the PS5’s Digital Edition albeit less powerful and capable of doing major tasks.
Although the PS5 digital edition is a hundred dollars more than the Xbox S, it is virtually the same as the PS5 main edition.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Judgment
PS5 and Xbox X have stormed the market and are becoming people’s favorites. But this game seems, a bit one-sided, as the PS5’s DualSense Controller has won the hearts of people with its Haptic feedback and Adaptive Triggers.
In terms of design, not many people will go for the boxy shape of the Xbox Series X, especially when put horizontally. Most will prefer the stylish and lavish design of the gigantic PS5. Additionally, the PS5’s fresh new UI will appeal to users unlike Xbox’s crowded Main Page, which is full of games scattered, here and there.
To conclude, the PS5 is the overall champion in today’s match but again there are opinion differences. Some people opt for stylish consoles, while others are based on tech specs (no offense meant whatsoever) and others look at gameplay quality (4k resolution @ 120Hz, Ray-tracing technique, etc).
So there you go, PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X…