PS5 and Xbox X Series Compared

Updated: 18 Jun 2020 8:46 PM PDT
Posted: 8 Jun 2020 4:01 PM PDT

Console Wars 2020

It's been seven years since the launch of the last generation systems. Playstation 4 and Xbox One are both the best-selling consoles of any generation that Sony and Microsoft have ever released. The upcoming systems, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X have reignited the old debate: which is better? Check out everything that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has to offer so far, and maybe you'll discover which one is right for you this generation.

Playstation 5

Sony finally revealed the Playstation 5 hardware design and exclusive launch titles at their much anticipated Summer Game Fest event, "The Future of Gaming".

Here's what we know about the PlayStation 5:

  • 8-core, 3.5GHz AMD Zen 2-based CPU
  • 10.28 TFLOPs GPU, 36 CUs
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drive with ray tracing
  • Custom RDNA 2 GPU structure
  • 16GB GDDR6 memory
  • Custom 825GB SSD internal storage
  • Expandable NVMe SSD memory slot
  • PSVR supported at launch
  • Backwards compatible with PS4 games
  • Ray-tracing feature
  • Overhauled white Dualsense 5 controllers with haptic feedback sensors
  • "Holiday 2020" release; this could be anywhere from October to December 2020

Backwards compatibility is finally back with the PS5. Expect over 4,000 titles from the PS4 to be compatible at launch on the newest Sony console. Any titles currently being developed for PS4 are very likely going to be released on both consoles as well. Ghost of Tsushima and Last of Us 2 will certainly be available on PS5 when they release. Additionally, Sony has great first-party titles that every fan can look forward to.

Ok, so we have the details of the PlayStation 5's specs, [hardware and external design]((, however, we a couple of questions remain.

-- How much will it cost? Rumors and leaks suggest a $499 price tag, though anything is possible. At one point, websites had placeholders as high as $999. Don't worry about that too much, though. In reality, big numbers aren't very reasonable (or expected) based on the last generations' launching price points.

-- When is the release date? Rumors have leaked recently that the console could be released on November 20, 2020. Just in time for the Black Friday madness!

It's hard to say when, exactly, we'll get the answers to these questions. There are a lot of factors at play already in 2020. Either way, hopefully, we get these juicy details (and a peek at the PS5) before launch!

Xbox Series X

Meanwhile, Microsoft has filled our gamer cups with details about the Xbox Series X There's a tidbit for everyone, from its sleek new vertical design (don't worry, you can still play it perfectly fine on its side!) to the handful of first-party launch titles already announced. Here are the technical specs of the Series X.

Here's what we know about the Xbox Series X:

  • 8-core, 3.8-GHz Custom AMD Zen 2
  • 12 teraflop Custom AMD RDNA 2
  • 16GB GDDR6 memory
  • 1TB NVMe SSD internal storage
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray drive with ray tracing
  • USB 3.2 external HDD support
  • Backwards compatible with Xbox One and Xbox 360 games
  • Redesigned Xbox Wireless controller (backwards compatible with Xbox One and Microsoft PCs)
  • "Holiday 2020" release; a leak suggested Thanksgiving 2020, but a Microsoft official on Twitter squashed that
  • Rumored $499 launch price point

It certainly seems that Microsoft has a bit of a hardware edge with the Series X. It's got slightly more powerful CPU and GPU power this generation. Additionally, Microsoft has promised that every game released can run on 4K. Play any Xbox Series X game in stunning visual quality on your TV, something normally only high-end PCs can do.

Of course, those aren't the only features that matter. Microsoft has no plans for a VR system as of June 2020. If you're a VR fan, you may want to stick with Sony, a company that's invested considerable time and effort into that department.

However, Microsoft already has announced a solid set of exclusive launch titles for the Series X. They also plan to make any Xbox Series X titles available on the One and PC. Furthermore, we've seen this console. Its sleek black tower matches the updated Xbox Wireless controllers, which finally come equipped with a Share button.

Not interested in spending a fortune on controllers? Your current Xbox One controller will work with your Series X! It's particularly notable, as it's the first time in a console's life that accessories will be forward compatible.

All in all, it seems Microsoft is committed to unprecedented accessibility with the Xbox Series X.

Playstation 5 Exclusive Launch Titles:

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Demon's Souls
  • Deathloop
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Godfall

Xbox Series X Exclusive Launch Titles

Third-Party Launch Titles for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5:

Holiday 2020 Heats Up


It's always exciting in the months leading up to the release of the newest generation consoles. We have plenty of details about the power of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. From the CPU and GPU to solid-state drives, both consoles are going to deliver similar high-end performance.

However, Xbox Series X boasts a sleek new look and a comprehensive interface. The PlayStation 5 surprised us with a new design as well as adding a disc-free PS5 Digital Edition. Additionally, both consoles boast a wide array of exclusive titles.

What do you think of the latest console wars? It's getting exciting this time in the PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X race!


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