Xbox X vs. PS5: Which One is Best?

Xbox and PlayStation have made their next-generation consoles available for pre-order simultaneously. The big question is: which one is right for you?

Sony recently revealed the PlayStation 5 which will launch in stores on Nov. 12. The PS5 will cost $499 and $400 for a digital-only edition, both of which are available for pre-order.

“This is truly an exciting time for all of us at PlayStation. Over the past few months, we’ve been able to show you a glimpse of the stunning new games being created for PlayStation 5, taking advantage of the console’s unique capabilities to deliver lightning-fast loading, heightened immersion, and a whole new generation of experiences,” said Sony in a blog post.

Xbox announced the launch of two new gaming consoles, the Xbox X and the Xbox S. The Xbox X will be $499 or $34.99 a month for 24 months with Xbox All Access. The Xbox series S will offer users both a smaller console and a smaller price tag of $299. Pre-order for the consoles starts Sept. 22, with a launch date of Nov. 10.

The Xbox S will serve as the company’s entry-level device, while the Xbox X will be the flagship console. This means that when users are looking at a direct comparison between products, the Xbox X and the PS5 will be most comparable. The digital edition of the PlayStation 5 will cost $400 and be similar to the Xbox S.

The consoles each offer exclusive new content alongside their devices.  The PS5 will have Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Forbidden West, and Gran Turismo 7.

For the Xbox, key exclusive games include Halo Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Forza Motorsport 8, and State of Decay 3.

An important note is that while Xbox totes these games as exclusive, they will also be available PC gamers. As of now it appears that all the PlayStation exclusive games will remain exclusive to the console and not extend to PC.

Both consoles offer extensive backwards compatibility for users who are not ready to purchase a slew of new games. According to Tom’s Guide, the new Xbox will be compatible with All Xbox One games, select Xbox 360, and select original Xbox games.

The Verge reports that the PS5 will include backwards compatibility for an “overwhelming majority” of the existing PlayStation 4 game lineup, but the exact details have not been released.

Some of the new games for PS5 will also come out with PlayStation 4 compatible versions, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, but many of those are expected to launch later.

Both of the new consoles will offer up to users 8K resolutions, high frame rates, powerful processors, and efficient SSDs.

The CPU on the PS5 is an 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 compared to the Xbox X’s 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2. The GPU for the PlayStation is 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA versus the Xbox’s 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2.

Both devices offer the same RAM at 16 GB GDDR6, resolution up to 8k, frame rate at up to 120 fps, and a 4K UHD Blu-ray optical disk drive.

A major plus for the PlayStation is that it can push through data at 5.5 GB per second compared to the Xbox X, which is capable of 2.4GB per second. This means that the PlayStation may offer marginally faster load times and less time spent on a loading screen.

The initial wave of pre-orders available for the PS5 already sold out after the company made them live on Sept. 15 in a surprise early release.

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