Playstation 5 Vs Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X VS Playstation 5

who will be the .

Let the battle commence……..

Stats

With the release date of both consoles looming around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look at the two future consoles and compare what we supposedly know so far. I say “supposedly” as nothing is definite in my eyes until they are on the shelves and available to the public.

So far consumer figures suggest that the PS5 is the clear favourite so far with majority excited and ready to buy it on release. If we look at the past sales figures, the PS4 dominated the Xbox One with Sony selling over 60 million more units than its Microsoft rival.

Looking at these statistics, it seems rather clear that Sony will dominate with its PS5 once again, and this may well be from brand loyalty alone.

Ending this section, I would like to point out I have no dog in this fight, while my business partner is all for Xbox I am one of those fantastic PC elitist’s and generally look down on the mere console mortals.

Specifications

We have looked at the projected sales stats now let’s look at what we “supposedly” know so far about the power specs and to which console is flexing bigger muscles, the numbers that always get thrown about in the console battle between fans and believers of each brand.

Price

Microsoft Xbox Series X

Microsoft’s big boy is said to set at around 499 dollars which works out at about 395 pounds. A reasonable price not far from the Xbox one X’s current price.

Sony PlayStation 5

Sony hasn’t hinted on a price region yet, so at this point, it is entirely guesswork. Still, due to the competitive nature between the two, I would imagine the PS5 won’t be far away from the Series X however rumoured it might be more expensive.

CPU

Microsoft Xbox Series X

The X will be powered by a custom 7nm AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores. Capable of running at a nominal 3.8GHz, or when simultaneous multithreading is used, at 3.6GHz.

Sony Playstation 5

The PS5 also uses AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture with 8 CPU cores running at a variable frequency capped at 3.5 GHz

GPU

Microsoft Xbox Series X

The graphics processing unit is also a custom unit based on AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics architecture. It has a total of 56 compute units (CUs) with 3584 cores, with 52 CUs and 3328 cores enabled, and will be running at a fixed 1.825 GHz. This unit is capable of 12.155 teraflops of computational power.

Sony Playstation 5

The GPU is a customised system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on AMD’s RDNA 2, featuring 36 compute units running at a variable frequency, capped at 2.23 GHz, and capable of 10.28 TFLOPS.[9] Both the CPU and GPU monitored by a particular boost system incorporating AMD’s SmartShift technology that adjusts the frequency of these systems based on the current activities of both chips, to target ideal constant power drawn and a model SoC performance profile. For example, if the CPU is running at lower activity, the boost system may reduce its frequency and increase the frequency of the GPU to allow that GPU to run at higher performance without otherwise affecting power use or cooling.

Memory

While each unit looks to utilise the memory in slightly different ways, they will both come with 16GB of GDDR6 SDRAM.

Storage

Microsoft Xbox Series X

The internal storage of the Xbox Series X is a 1TB NVM Express (NVMe) SSD with a raw input/output throughput of 2.4GB/s. With an on-board compression/decompression block, the unit is capable of performance as high as 4.8GB/s. A proprietary external 1TB SSD fast storage is available, functioning like memory cards on other devices. Additional HDD storage will be available through USB connections. A 4k UHD Blu-Ray optical drive will also be present. Developers at The Coalition found that without any changes to their code, Gears 5 was able to load four times faster on the Xbox Series X than the Xbox One X due to the higher throughput on memory and storage, this would be able to increase this further once they incorporated the new DirectStorage API routines.

Sony Playstation 5

The internal storage of the PlayStation 5 is a custom-built 825GB SSD with a 12-channel interface, achieving a raw throughput of 5.5GB/s. With a dedicated decompression unit supporting zlib and the new lossless Oodle Kraken protocol from RAD Game Tools, the unit has a typical throughput of 8-9GB/s. The atypical drive size found to be optimal for the 12-channel pathway rather than a more common 512GB or 1TB unit. Mark Cerny stated the goal wasn’t only to have a theoretical input/output speed one-hundred times faster than PS4. It was to eliminate bottleneck points so the performance target could be made effective. To this end, Sony designed a custom chip with multiple coprocessors to work in unison with the flash memory controller to channel data more efficiently around the system.[7] Solid-state storage for games is expandable through an NVM Express (NVMe) M.2 port, while additional HDD storage can be added through USB-compatible drives.

Notes for Specs taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/

Performance

So what should we expect from these battling beasts? Well, both have stated they will be capable of pushing games at 4k at 60fps but will more than likely cap it at 30 frames per second to keep performance smooth and graphics sweet. 4k 30fps is very in impressive for a £400-£500 console as you would not get remotely close to this on a gaming pc for the equivalent money spent.

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Games

Let’s have a look at some of the games to expect. With certain games licensed to these consoles, I am sure it will be another factor to consider when deciding on which powerhouse is right for you.

Microsoft Xbox Series X

Halo Infinite

Exclusive to Microsoft and a long-time favourite of the Xbox franchise, Master Chief is back again in all his green glory. Halo Combat Evolved was the game that made me put down my PlayStation 2 controller and swap to the massive Xbox one all those years ago.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

From Ninja Theory now owned by Microsoft, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will be another exclusive to Xbox.

Scorn

an atmospheric first-person adventure developed by Ebb. An Xbox Series X console exclusive at launch.

Steelrising

From GreedFall and The Technomacer studio, Spiders is an action game involving “King Louis XVI’s automata army terrorising the citizens of Paris.

Recompile

This Metroidvania-style platformer sees you play a virus infiltrating a facility.

Sony Playstation 5

Horizon Forbidden West

Set in a far-future America, Guerrilla returns for this Horizon sequel coming to PS5 in 2021.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

The next chapter in Insomniac’s Spider-Man series, Exclusive to the PS5.

Gran Turismo 7

Another PS5 exclusive is a stunning GT sequel from Polyphony Digital.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Developed by Insomniac Games.

Demon’s Souls

A remake of the PS3 From Software adventure comes from a collaboration between Bluepoint Studios and Japan Studio.

Project Athia

Developed by Luminous Productions within the Square Enix – the team behind Final Fantasy XV – this is an action game “designed exclusively for PS5”.

Backwards Compatibility

Another thing to consider is the backwards compatibility with older games. Sony has stated that the PlayStation 5 will be able to play an “overwhelming majority of Playstion 4 games, many of them with boosted performance and higher frame rates.

Microsoft has stated that the Xbox Series X will support all games playable on the Xbox One, including those Xbox 360 and original Xbox console titles currently supported through backward compatibility on the Xbox One, thus allowing the console to support four generations of games. Some of these games may be capable of boosted performance, but due to the age of some of these games there is a possibility all the games will benefit from the extra power the Xbox series X is capable off.

Conclusion

To be fair, both of these behemoths sound pretty damn awesome for the money, and I am sure whatever the choice you make you will be happy, as mentioned in the first section I bet most of you have already made your decision on brand loyalty alone “stick to what you know and all that”.

 I am sure I have missed out a few things that should have been mentioned, but I hope overall you learned a little of what to expect from the two main console powerhouses. Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you think what I have got wrong and what you like and if you have a spare minute go and have a look at our current competitions as you never know there may be something that interests you.

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