PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Comparing the two consoles ahead of release date


Gaming news has been littered with discussions over the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and now we have all the information needed to take a proper look at both of them and what they offer to gamers.

Considering things from graphics to controllers, now we’ve got enough details, how do the latest consoles hold up against each other?

If you are still unsure on which one you're going to buy, sit back and read the lowdown on both consoles.

Hopefully by the end, you'll know which one suits you best!

Release Date & Price

The latest generation of PlayStation will be released on November 19 in the UK, but the Xbox Series X is given a slight advantage with a release date nine days prior - not that that alone will be enough to sway fans of either console. 

In terms of price, both consoles will cost £449.99, but the Xbox Series S is slightly cheaper than the digital version of the PS5; £249 compared to £359.99. But the reason is due to the lesser memory of the Series S, and its maximum video output of 1440p - which means a worse 4K resolution quality. 

Both of those are without a disc drive, while both full versions feature a 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive. 



As mentioned, both consoles have 4K ability while the digital versions see the PS5 edge it, just. A new development is ray tracing, which endeavours to make the lighting in games far more realistic than we've seen before. 

Additionally, both consoles have 8k capability and support 120fps, a significant improvement from the current 30fps on most consoles. 

But in terms of speed, the Xbox Series X has the advantage. It runs at 12 teraflops, the speed of gaming, compared to the 10.28 teraflops of the PS5. The PS5, however, has 3D audio which the Xbox Series X does not.

Microsoft's console is also capable of quick resume, which is the supporting of multiple games at once. It's so far unknown if the PS5 can do the same.


One of the more infuriating aspects of gaming is running out of memory, and the Xbox Series X pushes the PS5 for this one too, boasting 1TB of memory to the PS5's 825GB. But the Series S only has 512GB. 


One of the more impressive features of the Xbox Series X is its backwards compatibility, allowing you to play games from Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The PS5 goes back to the PS4, but no further, meaning those classic PS1, PS2 AND PS3 games must stay on the shelves collecting dust. 

However, the Xbox Series X will seem to mostly rely on third-party games, whereas the PS5 has its own content coming, such as 'Spider-Man: Miles Morales'. 

Even the most biased Xbox fan will admit that PlayStation trumps when it comes to exclusive games.


Sony's new controller, the DualSense, has a built-in microphone, adaptive triggers and a create button. It also relates player sensations in the game, such as wind or walking through sand. 

The latest Xbox controller is sleeker and features a 'share' button, and is structured for comfort. It can also be used on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. 

The PS5 controller is rechargeable, whereas the Xbox controller requires two AA batteries. 


It appears the two consoles are, all things considered, quite close to level in terms of what they're offering - and we know they're both big improvements from their predecessors. 

What might give Sony the edge is the quality of their digital version compared to the Xbox Series S, as the desire for discs slowly appears to be decreasing, and also their array of exclusive games.

However, come Christmas day, there are undoubtedly going to be a whole host of next-gen consoles laying under trees all around the world.

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