[Infographic] PS5 vs. Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X vs PS5

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The console war is heating up!

Last week, Sony finally revealed the Playstation 5 along with a slew of games. We now know about the specs, games and design of these next-gen consoles.

I’ve made a handy infographic summarizing and comparing the two consoles with what we know about the two gaming machines as of June 2020.

Specs Comparison Table

PS5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)  8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Custon RDNA 2 GPU 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s  10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage 825GB Custom NVME SSD  1 TB Custom NVME SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw) 2.4 GB/s (Raw)
Expandable Storage Approved NVMe SSD Slot Proprietary Expansion Card
External Storage USB 3.2 External HDD Support USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

 

Overall Power (CPU, GPU)

We’re no Mark Cerny, but from these plebeian eyes, the Xbox Series X is packing more pure power with higher CPU clocks, TFLOPs and CU count. The difference here isn’t massive but expect Xbox to have slightly higher fidelity and framerate on third party games.

Xbox seems to be heavily focused on thermals and cooling this generation, meaning that power lead will not be hamstrung by throttling.

Both consoles will be capable for 4K, 120 Hz, VRR and HDR so I don’t see these parts of the specs being a deciding factor in the grand scheme as console wars go.

Console Size

Next-gen console size

The PS5 is looking like the largest gaming console we’ve ever seen.

If you’re planning on getting a PS5 prepreate to make a significant amount of space for it, luckily the PS5 can be set horizontally, giving it some flexibility. The sheer size of the PS5 will help the console avoid thermal issues.

The Xbox Series X design has been known for a while, it’s reminiscent of a small form factor PC, with a huge emphasis on cooling vertically.

TLDR: Router vs Fridge

Storage

SSDs are now standard.

Both Xbox Series X and PS5 will come with an internal SSD. By that inclusion alone, you’ll see load times drop dramatically compared to this generation.

PS5 is taking load speeds another step further, Sony is including a custom 825 GB NVMe that supports 5.5 GB/s of read/write speed, according to Mark Cerny, this unlocks game design choices that were not possible on any game designed around HDD load speeds. This type of storage tech may give an advantage to first party PS5 games that can  implement streaming that’s not possible on Series X’s 2.4 GB/s. The new Ratchet and Clank is an indication of how a game can take advantage of such speed storage.

Both consoles are offering pathways to add extra storage to the console. Sony is allowing standard m2 SSD drives to be installed in a bay. If the SSD is approved by Sony to meet speed standards, it can be used to store PS5 games, otherwise the SSD will be used to store PS4 games and to swap installed games off the main SSD.

Xbox Series X storage cards

Xbox is using proprietary expansion cards that come in 1TB increments. These cards are as fast as the internal SSD so all extra storage can be used like internal storage.

Backwards Compatibility

Xbox continues to get BC right.

The Xbox Series X will be backwards compatible with all Xbox generations, with some games seeing enhancements like HDR and framerate. Xbox backwards compatibility is something we’ve already seen done well and expect it to be done well on the Series X. Smart Delivery will take your game ownership cross console, so if you buy Halo Infinite for Xbox One, you can play Halo on Xbox Series X with better graphics while passing over all your save information.

The Playstation 5 will have backwards compatibility on just the PS4, no BC available for PS1, PS2 and PS3 sadly. The PS5 is looking to have most of its library backwards compatible by launch with improved frame rates on FPS unlocked games and just more consistent frame rates in locked FPS games (Bloodbourne!)

The Series X value proposition is looking quite nice for any Xbox One or 360 owner.

Controllers

The new Xbox Series X Wireless controller and the DualSense are evolutions from the previous generation.

The Series X controller now sports an Elite style D-pad and dedicated share button, there’s nothing radically different about this controller and there need not be, the Xbox One controller is one of our favourites.

Sony’s DualSense controller is further iteration of the DualShock 4, it keeps the touchpad and motion controls, the button placements are all the same, it does away with the light bar (thank you). As its name suggests, the DualSense is adding more feel to the controller, the biggest change being adaptive triggers, triggers that can change resistance depending on what’s happening in the game. Haptic rumble is another new feature, purportedly enabling more complex vibration and rumbles.

Features

This is where a lot of console differentiation looks like its happening from a hardware offering standpoint.

Xbox Series X is extending its Quick Resume feature to multiple games at a time, meaning you can store multiple game states on the console at a time and jump back into those games without needing to load the game back up.

Playstation 5 looks to be focused on delivering better audio with 3D audio, making positional audio more compatible with any hardware setup.

Games

This is what matters the most right.

Both companies seem to be making first party games a focus, Sony has already been very strong for the last two generations, while Microsoft has been snatching up studios over the last couple of years.

The PS5 game line up is headlined by Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-man: Miles Morales and Ratchet and Clank. You can see all the games announced for PS5 in this video:

Here’s a list of games currently announced for PS5:

  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Spider-man: Miles Morales
  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Godfall
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm
  • Resident Evil 8: Village
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 enhanced
  • Project Athia
  • Solar Ash
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Deathloop
  • Stray
  • Goodbye Volcano High
  • Returnal
  • Bugsnax
  • Hitman 3
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Kena: Bridge of the Spirits
  • Astros Playroom
  • Pragmata
  • NBA 2K21
  • FIFA 21
  • Madden 21
  • Quantum Error
  • Cris Tales
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Dustborn
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Control
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • Warframe
  • Gothic
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Outriders
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Battlefield 6
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Cyberpunk 2077

Xbox Series X is lead by Halo: Infinite as a cross-gen Smart Delivery game and Senua’s Hellblade 2.

Here’s a list of games currently announced for Xbox Series X:

  • Halo Infinite
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
  • Scorn
  • The Medium
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Bright Memory Infinite
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chorus
  • Control
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Destiny 2
  • Dirt 5
  • Fortnite
  • Gears 5
  • Gods & Monsters
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hitman III
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Madden NFL 21
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Orphan of the Machine
  • Outriders
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Pragmata
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Second Extinction
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Warframe
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • WRC 9
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Find a list of games on Wikipedia

Release date and price

Nothing is known about price about either consoles. Both consoles are slated to launch Holiday 2020.

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