PlayStation 5 VS Xbox Series X: Main Facts about Long Expected Consoles

08 July 2020 PlayStation 5 VS Xbox Series X: Main Facts about Long Expected Consoles

Around seven years have passed from the release date of the eighth generation of the most popular consoles PlayStation and Xbox. It is finally high time for the launch of a new generation, which both Sony and Microsoft promise by the end of this year. Let’s delve into the known information, analyzing facts about long expected consoles.

Release date and price

Note that companies have not announced accurate release dates for PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X yet. However, both consoles are promised to arrive in the holiday season 2020. As we are talking about Christmas holidays, many people expect the release to take place in December. But, taking into account past experience, consoles can be rolled out in November.

The situation with the price is not clear as well. As for PS5, there are different rumors with figures ranging from $499 to $699.99. Users found a page on the Amazon UK site that offered to pre-order the console for £599.99 ($760), but later company representatives said it was a mistake. There is also unconfirmed information about the price of Xbox Series X. It will cost supposedly $400 and a simpler configuration can cost you $200.

While such large global online retailers as Play-Asia and Amazon are promptly hiding their pre-order pages for PS5, one of the Ukrainian online stores already has prices in hryvnia for both products.

Naturally, such awareness of our fellow nationals seems doubtful but is worth mentioning.

Technical characteristics

 

PlayStation 5

Xbox Series X

CPU

8x Cores; 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2

8x Cores; 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2

GPU

10.3 TFLOPS AMD RDNA 2

12.0 TFLOPS AMD RDNA 2

Memory

16 GB GDDR6

16 GB GDDR6

Storage

825 GB Custom SSD

1 TB Custom NVMe SSD

Resolution

up to 8K

up to 8K

Frame rate

up to 120 fps

up to 120 fps

Optical drive

4K UHD Blu-ray

4K UHD Blu-ray

Memory bandwidth

560 GB/s

448 GB/s

Storage media

Solid State Drive with fast load time, 1 TB

NVMe SSD Drive with fast load time, 825 GB

 

As one can see from the characteristics above, both consoles support 8K resolution, have high frame rate, powerful processors, and fast SSDs. Offered resolution greatly exceeds capabilities of modern TV-sets and monitors (4К), and is a good support for the further development of technologies.

Besides, both consoles will support ray tracing, a graphics rendering technique. It will allow light and reflection to look almost photorealistic thanks to the super frequent reflection of light rays from the surface of objects. An embedded SSD is an important update for the new generation of consoles that will allow greatly reducing load time.

Overall, Xbox Series X has somewhat better characteristics, but it is not known yet whether the difference will be clearly noticeable in practice. Thomas Mahler – CEO of Moon Studios, whose game publisher is Microsoft Game Studios, – expressed an opinion that the difference between consoles could be narrowed down to the choice between speed and quality of images.

Data transfer rate of Sony console reaches 5.5 GB/s, which is almost two and a half times more than that of the competitor. At the same time, Xbox Series X will provide better frame rate at high resolutions, which guarantees a smoother and higher quality image on the TV display or monitor.

Thomas Mahler believes that the difference in the load time is not very important for users, but visual characteristics of Microsoft console will give it an advantage.

Design

Design PlayStation and Xbox

There have been many arguments among gamers concerning the design of devices. The subjective nature of the issue does not allow making firm conclusions concerning which device looks better, but we can cite several widespread opinions.

Xbox Series X has a more classical style – black color, straight lines, and rectangular case. Supporters of its design note that the console will easily suit any interior. Opponents say that the console has a boring design and even mark its resemblance to a public ashtray.

PlayStation 5 looks futuristic with its white and black case of non-standard shape with blue lighting. Some people compare its design with spacecraft from science-fiction films, and others think it to be garish and impractical.

PS5 is available in two versions – with a disk drive and without (Digital Edition). The second one looks a little bit more attractive, as the lines of its case are more flowing. It is expected to cost less.

Games

Games PlayStation and Xbox

Hot exclusive games became one of the strengths of Sony consoles long time ago. The company follows the approach called “content is king”. During the presentation of PS5, the company shared a number of exclusives, the brightest of which are Horizon: Forbidden West, Returnal, Gran Turismo 7, Sackboy and Ratchet & Clank.

It is also known that the new-generation console will support 100 top PS4 games at the time of its release. However, details have not been revealed yet.

The main exclusives for Xbox Series X are Halo Infinite and Saga Senua: Hellblade II. But, it should be noted that the content for Microsoft consoles is not fully exclusive, as these games are also available on PC (Windows).

Games originally developed for the new console or totally revamped for the same goals will be called Optimized for Xbox Series X. Microsoft has already named 22 optimized games including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, DiRT 5, and FIFA 21.

Other details

It is worth mentioning some other famous facts about new consoles. For example, Sony announced the following accessories for PlayStation 5:

  • controller DualSense with a charging station that allows installing two devices at a time;

  • wireless headphones Pulse 3D with an additional plastic tape to hold better on the head;

  • HD camera, required for PlayStation VR headset and useful for streaming;

  • PS5 Media Remote – a multimedia controller.

Another important peculiarity of Sony console is the support of VR and compatibility with the abovementioned PSVR headset. Over 200 virtual reality games are available for the device.

Xbox Game Pass subscription service remains the main strong card of Microsoft. And the new offering Game Pass Ultimate unites three subscriptions at once – Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass for PC. Each of them costs $10 per month and together they will cost just $15 per month.


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