Compared: XBOX VS PlayStation


The Price point of the latest PlayStation, PS5 is about 500 dollars and 400 for the digital edition of the PS5. The digital edition does not have a disc drive and can only play downloadable games. No physical discs can be played on this gaming console, only from the PlayStation store online. If the digital game play with no physical games does not bother you and you are on a budget, the PS5 digital edition might be the console for you. The PlayStation 5 has a very futuristic and sleek design.  This gaming console has the backwards compatibility for almost all of the PlayStation 4 games as well as the PS4 Pro games that are optimized. The CPU is an 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 while the GPU is at 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2. The RAM is 16 GB GDDR6 with a custom SSD storage of 825 GB. The resolution for this game console is up to 8k and the frame rates are up to 120 frames per second (fps). The optical disc drive is the 4k Ultra High-Definition Blu-Ray.  

The controllers for the PlayStation 5 are the DualSense Wireless controllers which are an upgrade from the DualShock 4’s that were for previous consoles such as the PS4. The controller features haptic feedback, built-in microphone, and the adaptive triggers. The batteries for the controllers with the PlayStation 5 have an internal rechargeable battery. There are content sharing opportunities with the create button the controller for the PlayStation 5. This is a button that helps to share the captured content that you would like to share with others. 

The headset compatibility is confirmed for the PS5.  For the PS5, there are variable frequencies that are called boost that allow for the performance to be boosted by analyzing the GPU’s and the CPU’s workloads then adjust to the frequency that is needed to match the workload. It is here that the boost feature helps to avoid the spikes in power and lowered gaming performance.  It may be one of the best parts of the new PlayStation 5, the way that you are allowed to download the game in pieces is revolutionary. You can download the single player mode or the multiplayer mode or both. You are also able to delete one while keeping the other.  

The price of the latest Xbox, Xbox Series X, is about 500 dollars. The Xbox Series X has a backward capability for all of the games from Xbox one, some Xbox 360 and some original Xbox games which is farther back than the PlayStation 5 does. The Xbox Series X has a slightly better CPU and GPU at 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2 as well as 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2. The RAM for the Xbox Series X is at 16 GB GDDR6 which is the same as the PS5. The Xbox Series X’s storage is at 1 TB with a custom NVMe SSD which is a larger storage than that of PlayStation 5. The resolution for this gaming system is up to 8k with up to 120 frames per second (fps). The optical disc drive for the Xbox Series X is the 4k Ultra high-definition Blu-Ray same as the PlayStation 5. 

The Xbox Series X has wireless controllers that feature Bluetooth low energy pairing, dynamic latency input, hybrid D-pad and haptic feedback. The Xbox Series X requires 2 AA batteries for their controllers instead of the rechargeable internal batteries like the PlayStation 5. There is a share button for content sharing on the controller. There is some great headset compatibility as well as the backwards compatibility for the previous headset pairings. 

The power is there for sure for the Xbox Series X but that does not mean that it has the best performance between the two. The PS5 does have a faster SSD but that does not give a real estimate on the loading times between both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. There are many exclusive games for the PS5 that look absolutely stunning such as the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. In contrast, the Xbox Series X does not really have many true exclusives on their platform being that all their first party games are available on the Windows PC also. There are several games that run up to 120 frames per second such as Halo Infinite on the Xbox Series X which is something that is rarely seen in the PlayStation 5 console’s games.  

There is one last, latest version of the Xbox which is Series S. This Xbox Series S is smaller than the Xbox Series X but has a price of 300 dollars instead of 500 dollars. When comparing the PS5 digital version with the Xbox Series S, it can be seen as to why the price is so different. With a 100-dollar difference. Both the Digital edition of PS5 and the Xbox Series S have about the same process, which is the AMD Ryzen Zen 2, 8-core, 3.5 GHz/3.6 GHz. Now when it comes to the GPU, RAM, storage, resolution and frame rate, there are major differences. For the GPU on the PS5 digital edition, it is AMD Radeon RDNA 2, 10 Teraflops compared to AMD Radeon RDNA 2, 4 teraflops for the Xbox Series S. The RAM for the Digital edition of the PS5 is at 16 GB with the Xbox Series S being at 10 GB. The storage for the PlayStation 5 digital edition is 825 GB SSD whereas the Xbox Series S is only at 512 GB SSD. The Resolution is up to 8K for the PS5 digital edition and only up to 1440p for the Xbox Series S. Lastly, the frame rate for both the PlayStation 5 digital edition and the Xbox Series S are up to 120 frames per second. Neither of the game systems have the ability to play physical discs or Blu-rays but they are both able to quickly render games. 

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