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PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are no different price-wise. In this article, we'll highlight the areas in which they're different. For example, you can play exclusive games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls on the PlayStation. The Xbox has Gears Tactics as the only exclusive game for now, but you can already play over a 100 games via a Netflix-like subscription through Microsoft's cloud. Read on to learn more about the biggest differences and choose the best console for you.

PlayStation 5

4K resolution | Including controller | 3D audio
499,99
temporarily sold out
  • Game in 4K resolution and get an even more realistic gaming experience thanks to the powerful graphic unit of this console.
  • Because this console supports 3D sound, you can hear the direction and depth of the sound very precisely.
  • Get even more out of your gaming experience with the DualSense controller, which provides haptic feedback and dynamic trigger effects.
  • Contrary to the Xbox Series X, the PS5 doesn't have 8K support.
  • To make the most of the graphic power of the console, you need a TV or monitor with at least 4K resolution and a minimum refresh rate of 60Hz.

Xbox Series X

4K resolution | Includes controller | Direct X ray tracing
499,99
temporarily sold out
  • 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 you can play thousands of games from of the Xbox one on release.
  • The Xbox controller is less expansive than that of the PS5 and it doesn't have expansive haptic feedback.
  • 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

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Availability and FAQ Xbox Series X

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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

The design

PlayStation 5 console.

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 console.

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. You can place the console upright with the built-in stand. If you place it lying down, it rests on its 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.

Graphics power

PlayStation 5 console.

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.

An Xbox Series X console on the inside.

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 Xbox Series X is 12.15 TFLOPs. On the Xbox, you can also play games in 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second.

Loading times of the SSD

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart for PlayStation 5.

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.

Loading times of the Xbox One X vs the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X: slower SSD

The SSD of the Xbox is also very fast with read speeds of up to 2.4GB/s. This keeps loading times at a minimum and games will load up to 4 times faster than on the Xbox One. The SSD is a little slower than that of the PS5 though.

Games and services

Spider-Man: Miles Moralis on PlayStation 5.

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, for example. 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 play via a Netflix-like subscription, which you can with Xbox.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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. 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.

Controllers

PlayStation 5 controller.

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 controller.

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.

Conclusion

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 and you can already play cool games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls.



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