PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X Specs Comparison
Sony officially announced the PlayStation 5 and verified next-gen console’s specs. With those details settled, we can start diving into the variations and similarities between the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation. Given, we still don’t have enough details yet to give a straight comparison between the Xbox Series X and PS5, but we can start with what Microsoft and Sony have released to public.
In this article check out the differences and similarities between Microsoft and Sony’s respective next-gen consoles. Both companies have been holding details private at the time, they have shown certain specifications for their consoles, as well as what those nitty-gritty numbers translate into in a performance sense. In response to the increasing market of players who are acquiring games digitally, both companies have set out how storage will work on their next-gen gaming consoles too.
Sony revealed the official name for its next-gen console. And–surprising for no one–it’s PlayStation 5, or PS5 for short.
Microsoft earlier referred to its next-gen console as Project Scarlett, but now at The Game Awards 2019, it was officially revealed to be the Xbox Series X.
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Release Date Of The Consoles
Both Sony and Microsoft consoles are currently scheduled to hit stores in the holiday season in 2020. Much like the Xbox One and PS4 before them, Series X and PS5 will be going head to head during the most important shopping window within the same year. If you’re thinking on buying both, you may want to start saving now, they won’t be cheap.
There’s a lot about the precise specifications of each gaming console that we don’t know yet, like how much each one is going to take out of your pocket. We do have plenty of details to begin comparing Series X and the PS5 though, both consoles share some similarities. Both support ray-tracing, for example, which will allow them to better mimic light in games. Check out the specs we know so far:
|PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|Processor||AMD Zen 2 CPU||AMD Zen 2 CPU|
|Graphics||AMD Navi-based GPU||AMD Navi-based GPU (est. 12 TFLOPs)|
|RAM||unknown||GDDR6 SDRAM (capacity not confirmed)|
|Storage||SSD (capacity not confirmed)||NVMe SSD (capacity not confirmed)|
|Optical Drive||Yes (4K Blu-ray)||Yes|
|Max Output Resolution||8K||8K|
|Max Refresh Rate||120Hz||120Hz|
|Cloud Gaming||PlayStation Now (unconfirmed)||Microsoft Project xCloud|
|Backwards Compatibility||Yes (PS4 games)||Yes (Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One games)|
|Dimensions||unknown||unknown (but design has been revealed)|
|Release Date||Holiday 2020||Holiday 2020|
Performance of the Consoles
Regardless of which new console you go for, you’re getting an upgrade for sure. Series X’s specs propose a much more powerful console than the Xbox One X, while the PS5 sees the same improvement over the PS4 Pro.
According to Phil Spencer, the Series X’s GPU is 8-times quicker than base Xbox One and double as fast as the Xbox One X, while the CPU is said to be four times more competent.
Storage of the Consoles
Both consoles are using SSD’s this time around. PlayStation 5 users should see a striking improvement in the time it takes for a game to load on the next-gen console in relation to the PS4 as a result. The same is valid for Xbox Series X in contrast to Xbox One, which Microsoft already established at E3 2019; but by how much has yet to be clearly established.
In the PS5’s hardware show off, it was said that load times in Marvel’s Spider-Man could go from roughly 15 seconds (PS4) to 0.8 seconds (PS5), while Phil Spencer says that developers now have the capacity to “virtually eliminate” load times. That said, results will differ game by game.
We have seen the first look at the PS5 controller through patent design pictures from Sony. It’s not apparent yet if Sony will be saying this the DualShock 5, but based on this early concept art, it seems very similar to the DualShock 4, but with a few important changes: a USB-C charging port, more extended triggers, and no more light bar.
The Xbox Series, on the other hand, will be introducing a new variant of its tried-and-true controller. The new controller has a small reduction in size, a share button, and a hybrid four-way and eight-way directional pad. You’ll still be capable to use Xbox One controllers with Series X, and the new Series X controller can be used on Xbox One, so it’s very convenient.
Microsoft nor Sony have stated how online multiplayer will operate on their next-gen consoles, but it would not be shocking to see both Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus make their comeback. Given its success, Xbox Game Pass will be a huge part of the Series X adventure.
The important difference this time around will be cloud game streaming service, which has picked up in recent months–with Google joining the fray in November 2019 with Stadia. Microsoft already revealed Project xCloud, which will make its way onto Series X in some form, and Spencer has suggested. Sony already has a game-based cloud-streaming service, PlayStation Now, which probably would be supported on PS5 to some extent.
Both consoles will have backwards compatibility support. Series X will support games for the original Xbox and Xbox 360, and it has been established that all Xbox One games will be backwards compatible with release. What will and won’t be playable on PS5 is a tiny bit trickier, mainly because of PSVR. Sony hasn’t stated whether their next-gen console will support the current-gen headset–which is necessary for playing certain PS4 exclusive games.
Playable Games At Launch
Bluepoint Games, the studio which created the Uncharted and Shadow of the Colossus remasters, is working on “a big one.” And Gearbox’s newly announced game Godfall will be on PlayStation 5 and will be released in holiday 2020 along with the console.