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For all of you tech lovers out there we can only assume that you’re either excited about the upcoming releases of gaming consoles or trying to decide which one you’ll go for, PS5 or Xbox Series X? Maybe you’ve been a die-hard Playstation fan and finally have decided its time for a switch up or vice versa. Or perhaps you’ve always switched between depending on all of the techy deets. Either way, if you’ve not decided by the end of this you might be the person who ends up with both – we pass no judgement, but are they worth the price tag that hands off of them, let’s find out.

So let’s get the bit you’re here for out of the way, the specs.

PS5

Price: Unconfirmed
Release Date: Holiday 2020

CPU: 8 core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2
GPU: 10.3 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2
RAM: 16GB GDDR6
Storage: 825 GB Customer SSD
Resolution: 8K (up to)
Frame Rate: 120 fps (up to)
Optical Disc Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
(Credit: tomsguide)

Xbox Series X
Price: Unconfirmed
Release Date: Holiday 2020

CPU: 8 core 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2
GPU: 12.0 Teraflop AMD RDNA 2
RAM: 16GB GDDR6
Storage: 1TB Customer NVMe SSD
Resolution: 8K (up to)
Frame Rate: 120 fps (up to)
Optical Disc Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
(Credit: tomsguide)

We’re kicking off with the bank balance in mind, the price. Although never consoles have a confirmed price just yet, experts who have analysed the consoles estimate both the new gadgets at around $500, gulp. Although it may alarm some, this price tag isn’t a massive surprise as previous releases come to similar costs. The PS4 retailed at $400 and the Xbox One at $500. However, we do need to consider that these launches were around seven years ago, and a lot has changed since then. More clarity on a fixed cost will become apparent as the release dates come closer, but until then if you’re looking to get your hands on the new gaming console, this is a rough estimate of how much you’ll need.

Exclusive Titles

The titles you play could swing your decision on the console you’d pick as both companies have already planned some exciting exclusive titles signed.

Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: HellBlade II are some of the titles exclusive to Xbox Series X, it’s worth noting that they’ll be available to play on PC. Loyal gamers will have noticed this seems to be a common trend from Microsoft who have repeated this over the last couple of years with Xbox One exclusive titles.

None the less, PS5 following on swiftly with exclusives that include Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Current information tells us that they look to be entirely exclusive for PS5 thus not available to play for the PC users. Depending on how you view the exclusives, of course, is relative, Xbox exclusive titles being available on PC means that you won’t need to own the Xbox Series X console to play the titles if you have a gaming PC. However, is this a pro or a can for you? Would you prefer to have the power of only being able to play the title due to you owning a PS5? We’d be interested which side of the board you lean-to with this particular aspect, let us know on our socials or in the comments below.

Graphics – techy stuff.

The specs from earlier on in the post shows that the Xbox Series X holds a slightly more robust range of specs, we can’t say for sure that it means it’ll automatically have better performance than the PS5. Only time and trialling will tell!

When it comes to the hardware, the difference between the two consoles isn’t substantial, although the Xbox Series X CPU makes it slightly quicker. However, the difference between the GPU processing power is sharper with the Xbox Series X standing at 12 teraflops in comparison to the PS5’s 10.3 teraflops. Each teraflop signifies the operations per second the hardware can hold, so the difference of 1.7 teraflops is likely to show a notable contrast in graphics. A games optimisation should also be considered when comparing graphics. A higher GPU doesn’t guarantee that each game will gain advantage from the computing power.

Due to the built-in SSD’s, both devices should have a faster loading time than previous models. Microsoft is yet to supply solid information on how the power of its SSD will assist in loading games. Sony has given these details and also how the PS5 new SSD will compare to previous consoles already on the market. Similarly to the GPU processing power, this is another aspect that will have a variation depending on the game. Research from experts shows to expect both to be powerful with Xbox Series X to have a slight advantage, mainly when rendering graphics.

Design

Causing a storm on social media with a flurry of meme’s the PS5 design is different. Sony revealed the design in a showcase of the product on the 11th of June. The device is a rounded rectangle shape which is covered by a white wrap which heads down into a triangle shape on the corners. If you opt for the PS5, you’ll have the option of two configurations, one with a disc drive and one which is entirely digital. Physical titles will be available to play on the standard disc version but not the digital edition. There’s likely to be a price difference between the two configurations, nothing yet confirmed by Sony.

 

(Credit: Sony)

On the flip side of the design, the Xbox Series X has a traditional look to its exterior which bears a resemblance to a vertical PC tower with a sleek black finish and a small Xbox logo located in the left upper hand corner. The front of the device has a disk drive, and there’s no second configuration of a digital edition. If your gaming set-up doesn’t allow for a vertical standing console fear not, it can also be placed horizontally.

(Credit: Microsoft)

Personal taste concludes the design that looks better. If you’re looking for something sleek and conservative, then the Xbox Series X may be better suited to you. Whereas if you’re looking to experiment more with your purchase, then PS5 seems to be the path for you!

Let’s hear your thoughts?

As we conclude this post, we’ve noticed that although we have a fair amount of information on both devices, there are still final details that won’t be solidified until we’ve got them in our hands. If you want to hear more about the new consoles before the release date reaches to help make your decision, let us know. In the meantime, let’s start a discussion in the comments, what team are you on? Or do you remain in the middle, either way, we’d love to know!

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