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PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which one should you buy?

  1. PS5 vs Xbox Series X specs
  2. Why is PS5 Taking the Edge in this competition?
  3. Better Controller
  4. Greater Design
  5. More Preferable Exclusive Games Available at Launch

The Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5 are finally here, and many of us have failed to get our hands on them. Most sources reveal that the consoles could be available again sometime in early 2021. Should you buy it? Which one should you buy? Let’s find out.   

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Specs

SpecPS5Xbox Series X
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)8x Cores@ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs at 2.23 GHz (variable frequency)12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Memory16GB GDDR6/256-bit16GB GDDR6 w/320b Bus
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @336 GB/s
Internal StorageCustom 825GB SSD1 TB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External StorageUSB HDD SupportUSB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

Why is PS5 Taking the Edge in this competition?

If we were to compare base on specs alone, although both consoles are equipped with 8-core CPUs, the Xbox clocked at 3.8 GHz while the PS5’s 3.5 GHz.

Both consoles’ GPU uses AMD graphics processors, with PS5 providing 10.28 teraflops of power comparing to 12 teraflops of the Xbox.

SSD is being used for the internal storage with the Xbox offering a terabyte of storage in comparison to the 825GB of the PS5. However, based on the integration designed by Sony making it significantly faster than the Series X.

When it comes to graphic features, both consoles are equipped with a 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive. This technology will help enhance the lighting, shadows, which are the key factors contributing to how different and more realistic the games on these two consoles would look, compared to previous generation consoles.

With evidence that Series X has taken a slight edge in the battle of specs, let’s look at other factors to help decide which is a better console in general.

Better Controller

DualSense Wireless Controller for PlayStation 5, , hi-res

We think that based purely on design and how the controller looks, it’s clear which console has the better design. The PS5 controller looks much better, more elegant, and as we could imagine, more comfortable holding in our hands.

While the Series X controller is not bad, it is a minor update from the previous generation controller. The consoles are called next generation for a reason, as it is a huge step out from the previous one. And in this battle, Sony has done a better job in designing a controller to better suit that huge step up.

Greater Design

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, , hi-res

Although both companies could have done a better job in the overall design of the consoles, the only main critique we can have about the PS5 is the top two pointy shape, which somehow makes it look like a fan or a portable air conditioner.

However, we feel that the PS5 looks better than the Xbox in general, as the Xbox comes in a rectangular shape very similar to most old school computers.

It also depends on your personal preference, some people might like a simple minimalistic look, then the design of the Xbox would suit you better. However, the design of the PS5 speaks to how a next-generation console should look. Therefore, in this race, we also give the edge to the PS5.

More Preferable Exclusive Games Available at Launch

Xbox Series XPS5
ARK: Survival Evolved: Optimized on Xbox Series XARK: Survival Evolved
Assassin’s Creed ValhallaAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
NAAstro’s Playroom
Borderlands 3Borderlands 3
Bright Memory 1.0NA
Cuisine RoyaleCuisine Royale
Dead by DaylightDead by Daylight
NADemon’s Souls (remake)
Devil May Cry 5: Special EditionDevil May Cry 5: Special Edition
The FalconeerNA
Forza Horizon 4NA
Gears 5NA
Gears TacticsNA
NAGoonya Fighter
King Oddball (Optimised for Xbox Series)King Oddball
Manifold GardenNA
NAMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
NAMarvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
NBA 2K21NBA 2K21
No Man’s SkyNo Man’s Sky
Observer: System ReduxObserver: System Redux
Ori and the Will of the WispsNA
Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Coming Later)Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Planet CoasterPlanet Coaster
Rocket LeagueRocket League
NASackboy: A Big Adventure
Sea of ThievesNA
Tetris Effect: ConnectedTetris Effect: Connected (Coming Later)
NAThe Pathless
The TourystNA
War ThunderWar Thunder (Coming Mid November 2020)
Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer EditionWarhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
Watch Dogs: LegionWatch Dogs: Legion
WRC 9 FIA World Rally ChampionshipWRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
Yakuza: Like a DragonYakuza: Like a Dragon (Coming March 2, 2021)
Yes, Your GraceNA

As can be seen above, if we are focusing on just the sheer quantity of exclusive games available to respective consoles AT THE TIME OF LAUNCH, Xbox Series X would prevail.

However, in this case of quantity vs quality, from the opinion of most gamers, despite the fact that there are more games available on Series X, they would actually prefer what’s available on the PS5 as compared to the Xbox.

Moreover, most of the Xbox exclusive games will be made available at a later date on the PS5, although we can say the same vice versa.

For information regarding the next-gen console availability, please stay tuned for our next blog!

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