Sony and Microsoft both are gearing up to unveil their next-gen gaming consoles later this year. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are undoubtedly two of the most anticipated consoles of 2020. Both promise to take the gaming experience to a whole new level, thanks to more powerful processors, SSD storage, and other innovative technologies. Over the last few weeks, Microsoft and Sony have revealed tons of details about their respective consoles. In this PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X comparison, let’s check out how they differ.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X release date and price
We know for sure that Sony and Microsoft are planning to launch their consoles just in time for the holiday shopping season. But neither company has revealed a specific release date. We can expect the PS5 and Xbox Series X to hit the store shelves during the upcoming holiday season. The coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to hurt their launch schedules.
So far, Sony and Microsoft have kept quiet on the price of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Don’t expect them to be cheap. The previous generation PS4 launched at $399 while the Xbox One was priced at $499. But it’s been seven years since then. Innovative technologies could increase the cost of the upcoming consoles. We expect the PS5 and Xbox Series X to cost between $500 and $600.
Folks at Inverse believe that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is going to be cheaper than the PS5. They argue that the upcoming PlayStation’s “flashier, sports-car-like design” will reflect in its price tag. The Xbox Series X has a “utilitarian” design. Another reason is that the PS 5 will come with a brand new DualSense controller with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. On the other hand, the Xbox Series X controller is almost identical to Xbox One controller.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X Design
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X design last year. The Seattle-based company has opted for a rectangular and vertical form factor. It looks like a vertical PC tower with black chassis and the Xbox logo in the top-left corner. It also has a disc drive on the front. If you don’t have enough space in your entertainment center to place it vertically, you can put it horizontally and it will work just fine.
Sony has taken an innovative design approach with the PlayStation 5. Gone is the all-black exterior seen in the previous generations. The console has two vertical white fins attached to a rounded black rectangle. Its design has been the subject of a lot of memes on social media.
Sony has launched the PS5 in two different configurations – a standard version with an optical disc drive and a Digital Edition without the disc drive. The all-digital version will likely cost less than the standard model, but we don’t know how much. At least not yet.
The PlayStation 5 will come with a new DualSense controller with a two-tone design. It gets adaptive L2 and R2 triggers, and haptic feedback to create an element of “sense.” The controller also has a new Create button, a built-in microphone, and a USB-C connection. It is powered by a rechargeable battery. Sony has promised that the new controller will deliver better battery life than its predecessor.
The Xbox Series X controller has the familiar Xbox design with only minor tweaks in ergonomics. It gets a USB-C connection and a new Share button in the center. It uses two AA batteries to power the gameplay. Notably, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One controllers will be forward compatible with the Xbox Series X.
The older Xbox One controllers don’t have the Share button, but they will work just fine with the upcoming console. The next-gen Xbox Series X will be backward compatible with all the accessories of the older Xbox One. If you aren’t desperate for the new tricks, you can keep using the older headsets and pads.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X specs
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are going to be insanely powerful. But Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will be more powerful than its competitor, at least on paper. Both consoles will have a huge 16GB GDDR6 RAM. They will both offer resolutions of up to 8K with up to 120fps frame rate. They both get 4K UHD Blu-ray optical discs.
Powering the PlayStation 5 is the octa-core, 3.5GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU. The Xbox Series X would run an octa-core, 3.8GHz AMD Zen 2 chipset. Where the Xbox Series X leaps ahead is the GPU. It runs a 12 teraflops AMD RDNA 2 GPU. By comparison, the PS5 features a 10.3 teraflops AMD RDNA 2. A difference of 1.7 teraflops could lead to a significant difference in graphics performance between the two.
Whether you’ll be able to enjoy the upcoming Xbox’s insane graphics capabilities will depend on game developers taking advantage of the extra capabilities. Both consoles will offer the ultra-fast SSD storage to speed up the load times. The Xbox Series X will offer 1TB of built-in SSD storage while the PS5 has a lower 825GB of SSD storage. Both consoles will support external storage, though.
Both Microsoft and Sony have confirmed that the upcoming consoles will offer backward compatibility with their predecessors. The Xbox Series X and PS5 users will be able to play older games as well. Sony has said that the top 100 most played PS4 titles will be backward compatible with the PlayStation 5. Microsoft has announced the “Smart Delivery” initiative, which allows players to buy a game once and play it on any of Xbox One or Xbox Series X consoles.
Microsoft has a number of exclusive titles in the works. They include Halo Infinity, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, The Medium, and more.
Sony has also confirmed a number of PlayStation 5 exclusive titles. They include Gran Tourismo 7, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Resident Evil 8, Horizon Forbidden West, Destruction All-Stars, GTA 5, and more.
Developer 2K Games have revealed the NBA 2K21 price for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The company has kept the price at $60 for the older PS4 and Xbox One. But the PS5 and Xbox Series X users will have to pay $70 for the NBA 2K21. There will also be a Mamba Forever edition featuring Kobe Bryant on the box. It has been priced at $100.
Neither Microsoft nor Sony have announced their plans for game streaming on the Xbox Series X and PS5. But both companies already have cloud gaming services. Given the growing trend of online game streaming, both Microsoft and Sony would want to double down on it. We expect the companies to provide details about streaming closer to the launch.
Sony has the PlayStation Now service. It lets users stream and download the PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles for a fixed monthly fee. Users can also stream their PlayStation Now games on a PC. But the PS Now still lags behind Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Also, exclusive titles don’t arrive on PS Now on day one.
Last year, Sony reached a deal with Microsoft to collaborate on new technologies. The agreement also gave Sony access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud services worldwide. It means both the Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now will be based on Azure.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is still in beta. But it will allow players to stream their Xbox games on a number of devices including iOS and Android devices. The $10/month Xbox Game Pass subscription gives you instant access to more than 200 titles.
There is also a $15/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which also gives you access to Xbox Live Gold. If you are willing to pay $15 per month, you’ll be able to access the Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, as well as the upcoming Project xCloud. Subscribers will get access to exclusive titles from day one. There will be no delay.
PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X comparison chart
This post was updated on 24 July 2020 with the latest information.