PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X
- You can play games in 4K resolution and have a more realistic gaming experience, thanks to the powerful graphics unit of this console.
- By using SSD as a storage system, your games load faster than ever.
- Backwards compatibility ensures that you can play thousands of games from all previous Xbox consoles upon release.
- To get the most out of the graphics power of the console, you'll need a TV or monitor with at least 4K resolution.
Availability and FAQ PlayStation 5
There will be a very limited stock available on the release day. That is why it's not possible to pre-order the PlayStation 5. Keep an eye on our page with release info to get the latest updates.
Availability and FAQ Xbox Series X
There is very limited stock available. That is why it's not possible to reserve the Xbox Series X. Keep an eye on our FAQ page to get the latest updates.
Comparison PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X
|PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|Processing power||Less computing power (10.28 TFLOPs)||More computing power (12.15 TFLOPs)|
|SSD||Faster SSD (up to 5.5GB/s raw)||Slower SSD (up to 2.4GB/s raw)|
|Storage space||825GB storage||1TB storage|
|Resolution games||4k at 60 fps; up to 120 fps||4k at 60 fps; up to 120 fps|
|Dimensions in upright position||26cm (length) x 10.4cm (width) x 39cm (height)||15.1cm (length) x 15.1cm (width) x 30.1cm (height)|
|Service||PlayStation Plus Collection: play the best PS4 games for a fixed price per month||Xbox Game Pass: Play over 100 games for a fixed price per month|
|Pay for online multiplayer||Yes, PlayStation Plus||Yes, Xbox Live Gold|
|Exclusive launch games||Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon's Souls, Sackboy: A Big Adventure||Gears Tactics|
|Largest exclusive game series||Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Horizon, Gran Turismo, The Last of Us||Halo, Fable, Forza, Hellblade, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Starfield|
PlayStation 5: glossy white with a blue glow
The PlayStation 5 has a futuristic design. It's made of white glossy plastic and when it's turned on, the LED lights give off a blue glow. The console can be placed on the included stand horizontally as well as vertically. When you put the PlayStation in upright position, it's 39cm high, 10.4cm wide, and 26cm long.
Xbox Series X: black tower with a ventilation grid
The Xbox Series X has a more classic design. It's a black tower with a ventilation grid on top. You can see a green glow under this ventilation grid, but don't let it fool you. This isn't LED lighting, but painted plastic. The console has a built-in stand. If you want to use it lying down, you can switch to the rubber feet. You can't detach the base or feet. If you put the Xbox in upright position, it's 30.1cm high, 15.1cm wide, and 15.1cm long.
PlayStation 5: less power
The PlayStation 5 has less graphics power than the Xbox Series X. This is because the processor has a lower clock speed and fewer GPU cores. Sony and Microsoft both express computing power in teraflops (TFLOPs). The PS5 has 10.28 of these. You can play games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second.
Xbox Series X: the most powerful console
The Xbox Series X is the most powerful console of this generation. It has the fastest processor and the most GPU cores. The computing power of the Box Series X is 12.15 TFLOPs. It remains to be seen if this delivers graphics processing horsepower and smoother gameplay in practice. On the Xbox, you can also play games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second.
Loading times of the SSD
PlayStation 5: fastest SSD
Sony isn't shy about the SSD of the PS5 being so fast. With read speeds of up to 5.5GB/s, loading times are a thing of the past. With the PS4, you sometimes have to wait longer than 1 minute for the action to start. With the PS5, you're in the midst of battle right away. With games like Ratchet & Clank, you can switch between the different dimensions without loading screens. You won't waste any time waiting, since you're in the game right away.
Xbox Series X: slower SSD
The SSD of the Xbox is also very fast with read speeds of up to 2.4GB/s. According to Microsoft, this keeps loading times to a minimum and games can load 4 times faster than on an Xbox One. On paper, the SSD of the Xbox is a lot slower than that of the PS5. We still have to wait and see if this holds true in practice.
Games and services
PlayStation 5: big exclusive games
With the PlayStation 5, Sony maintains the strategy of the previous generation by focusing on big, exclusive games. You can play games like Spider-Man and Demon's Souls upon the launch of the PS5. Major games such as God of War and Horizon Forbidden West will also be released later on. You can only play these games on the PlayStation and not on the Xbox. The difference is that you buy the games separately from PlayStation and can't use a Netflix-like subscription, which you can with Xbox.
Xbox Series X: Game Pass
Naturally, you can still buy individual games with Microsoft, but this generation console is focused on the Xbox Game Pass. This is a subscription similar to Netflix. You can play over 100 games for a fixed price per month and even stream them to your Android smartphone. In addition to playing games at home on your Xbox, you can also play games on your phone on the train. Upon launch, the Xbox has few exclusive games compared to the PlayStation. Halo, Fable, and The Elder Scrolls (the successor to Skyrim) will be released later on. These games are included with the Game Pass. The Game Pass Ultimate even includes EA games and xCloud.
PlayStation 5: a lot of new functions
The DualSense controller of the PlayStation 5 has received many new functions compared to the PlayStation 4 controller. The main new functions are haptic feedback and triggers with resistance that adapt to games. In racing games, you can feel if the surface changes through vibrations and you'll feel counter pressure in your stick when someone blocks your attack in a fighting game. The disadvantage of these new functions is that you can't use PlayStation 4 controllers on the PS5.
Xbox Series X: a conservative design
Microsoft didn't bring many changes to the Xbox controller. Apart from a new share button that allows you to quickly post gameplay videos to social media, the controller is largely identical to the Xbox One controller. The advantage of this is that you can also use all your Xbox One controllers on the new Series X. This is useful if you have a few controllers lying around and like to play games with others on the couch.
Which console is best depends on your preferences. The consoles are very close in terms of power, so think about the games you want to play. On the Xbox Series X, you can play the latest games for a fixed price per month. You only have to wait a bit longer for major titles such as Halo and The Elder Scrolls. You buy the games separately on the PlayStation 5, but you can already play cool games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls upon launch.