PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X/S: Which Should You Buy?

If you are like us, you definitely don’t plan on buying both PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X or S gaming consoles. We know people who have always bought both when they were released, but at least for us, it’s not quite practical, and we assume it won’t be for most of you too. If you are also presented with the choice to buy one or the other, you must know what are the pros and cons of each console and how do they compare so that you can make the right decision for you. We did a little preview (since they are still not that easy to get) and comparison, which we share below to also help you make up your mind. Visit our Amazon & Xbox Pages for the latest deals on both Playtiotion 5 and Xbox Series.
 

Our PlayStation 5 Preview (yes, it’s difficult to get for us too)


Sony announced on September 16th that PlayStation 5 would launch on November 12 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, while the almost global (i.e. excluding China) rollout would begin on November 19th. Sony said the price for the digital edition of the console would be $399.99, while for the Ultra HD Blu-ray disk drive model, $499.99. Both variants come with the same ultra-high speed SSD with integrated I/O for really fast loading and the same custom processor with integrated CPU and GPU that delivers up to 4K graphics with support also for 8K TVs. Both PS5 models support the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio capabilities. All this makes these two PS5 variants highly desirable.
 

Our Xbox Series X/S Preview (this one, too, is difficult to get for us)


The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S gaming consoles became available worldwide on November 10th. Like PS5, all their stocks sold instantly. They were available again on some days after the launch, but all those stocks were also sold in a matter of seconds, leaving many unable to buy any of the two variants of the latest Xbox. Xbox Series X Gaming Comsole is the more powerful of the two models, coming with a 4K UHD Blu-Ray optical drive (high dynamic range is up to 8K) and having the unprecedented 12 TFLOPS of GPU power. On the other hand, Xbox Series S is all-digital and the smallest, sleekest Xbox ever. The price for X and S is $499 and $299, respectively. Yes, it is more enticing to buy the digital model of Xbox than that of PS5 when it comes to price.
 

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X/S: The Bottom Line


It all comes down to your most favorite games, really. Both PSs and Xboxes come with their exclusive collections of games also, and if your most favorite games include those found in one of the two sets of games, you know which gaming console you want to buy. If, however, you love games from both collections, and will have to absolutely buy both the gaming consoles, then you have, of course, no other choice. You gotta be prepared for shedding $$$ in that case. A smart shopping strategy that you might want to employ, and which we might also utilize in the future ourselves, is buying PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disk drive model and the less powerful, all-digital Xbox Series S. This way, we also save $100!
 

PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S: The Comparison


Or you might want to do the opposite if you think it’s a bad idea to have the latest Xbox without a drive and it is better for you to have a PS5 without a drive. If the Blu-ray drive is not an issue for you i.e. it can be in any of the two consoles, then you must take a look at technical specifications of both models of both the consoles to help yourself arrive at a good decision. To help you with the comparison, here are the specifications at a glance:

 

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

PS5

PROCESSOR

CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU

 

GPU. 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU

 

SOC Die Size. 360.45 mm

 

Process. 7nm Enhanced

PROCESSOR

CPU. 8X Cores @ 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU

 

GPU. 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @1.565 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU

 

SOC Die Size. 197.05 mm2

CPU

 

x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ "Zen 2"

 

8 Cores / 16 Threads

 

Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

 

GPU

 

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine

 

Ray Tracing Acceleration

 

Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

MEMORY & STORAGE

Memory. 16GB GDDR6 w/320 bit-wide bus

 

Memory Bandwidth. 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s.

 

Internal Storage. 1TB Custom NVME SSD

 

I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)

 

Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S matches internal storage exactly (sold separately). Support for USB 3.1 external HDD (sold separately).

MEMORY & STORAGE

Memory. 10GB GDDR6 128 bit-wide bus

 

Memory Bandwidth. 8GB @ 224 GB/s, 2GB @ 56 GB/s.

 

Internal Storage. 512GB Custom NVME SSD

 

I/O Throughput. 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)

 

Expandable Storage. Support for 1TB Seagate Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S matches internal storage exactly (sold separately). Support for USB 3.1 external HDD (sold separately).

SYSTEM MEMORY

 

GDDR6 16GB

 

448GB/s Bandwidth

 

SSD

 

825GB

 

5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

VIDEO CAPABILITIES

Gaming Resolution. True 4K

 

High Dynamic Range. Up to 8K HDR

 

Optical Drive. 4K UHD Blu-Ray

 

Performance Target. Up to 120 FPS

 

HDMI Features. Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.

VIDEO CAPABILITIES

Gaming Resolution. 1440p

 

Performance Target. Up to 120 FPS

 

HDMI Features. Auto Low Latency Mode. HDMI Variable Refresh Rate. AMD FreeSync.

OPTICAL DRIVE

 

Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV

 

BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

 

BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

 

DVD ~3.2xCLV

 

PS5 Game Disc

 

Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

SOUND CAPABILITIES

Dolby Digital 5.1

 

DTS 5.1

 

Dolby TrueHD with Atmos

 

Up to 7.1 L-PCM

SOUND CAPABILITIES

L-PCM, up to 7.1

 

Dolby Digital 5.1

 

DTS 5.1

 

Dolby TrueHD with Atmos

VIDEO OUT

 

HDMI™ OUT port

 

Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

 

INPUT/OUTPUT

 

USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)

 

USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2

 

USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

 

AUDIO

 

"Tempest" 3D AudioTech

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

HDMI. 1x HDMI 2.1 port

 

USB. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

 

Wireless. 802.11ac dual band

 

Ethernet. 802.3 10/100/1000

 

Accessories radio. Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio.

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

HDMI. 1x HDMI 2.1 port

 

USB. 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

 

Wireless. 802.11ac dual band

 

Ethernet. 802.3 10/100/1000

 

Accessories radio. Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio

NETWORKING

 

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

 

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax

 

Bluetooth® 5.1

 

POWER

 

PS5: 350W

 

PS5 Digital Edition: 340W

DESIGN

console sketch

Dimensions 15.1cm x 15.1cm x 30.1cm

 

Weight 9.8 lbs.

DESIGN

console sketch

 

Dimensions. 6.5cm x 15.1cm x 27.5cm

 

Weight. 4.25 lbs.

DIMENSIONS

 

PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)

 

(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

 

PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)

 

(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

 

WEIGHT

 

PS5: 4.5kg

 

PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg

All in all, these are next-generation gaming consoles. We believe you can’t go wrong by choosing any of them. Happy gaming!

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • December 12, 2020

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