PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Check which console is best for you!

The latest generation of consoles has arrived and if you are unsure which one to buy, check out this PS5 vs Xbox Series X comparison

Last week, Sony and Microsoft announced the prices of their consoles in the Brazilian market; having prices very close, we are still in doubt in the fight PS5 vs Xbox Series X. Now, with the values, we can make a good comparison and take you, the consumer, a good guide to buy your long awaited next generation console.

The battle PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X it's fierce. We looked at the PS5 and Xbox Series X and it's fair to say we're impressed with both systems. Both new consoles can offer resolutions up to 8K, high frame rates, powerful processors and fast SSDs. But which of the two systems is the superior gaming machine – and which one offers the better library?

We look at the two consoles and, without spoiling the results, it's a very fierce dispute between two high quality consoles. Read on to find out how each system fares in our PS5 vs. showdown. Xbox Series X. And be aware that, as always, the “best” console is the one that supports the games you want to play.

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PS5 vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S

Design

The three consoles are quite different in style and also in size. The S Series is much more compact and weighs just 1,93kg, and Microsoft claims that it is 60% smaller than its bigger brother Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X has a cobblestone shape, and it has a color dark, reminiscent of the One X, weighing 4,45 kg. Both can be used horizontally and vertically.

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The Playstation 5 has a black and white design, which also has a led strip that highlights its contours. Being more flashy than its rivals, the PS5 weighs 3,9Kg in the digital version and 4,5Kg in the version with disc player.

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The Xbox Series

Most of the time, whether you like the design of a console is a matter of personal preference. The PS5 has a serious problem with its white color. Anyone who grew up with computers in the 90s knows what happens to something that is white over time. The front panel is subject to marks and the “on/off” and “disc eject” buttons are indistinguishable.

The Xbox Series, on the other hand, is still quite bulky, but it manages its space much better. Rather than looking like an oversized router, the Xbox Series is a sleek black box that looks, at least in its upright form, like a tiny PC tower (or tiny fridge). It has a clearly defined power switch as well as a pairing button to make wireless connections easy.

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The PS5's single biggest advantage over the Xbox Series X is the presence of a USB-C port – which is a big deal, especially as more accessories get USB-C adapters. But even though the Xbox Series' design is much more conservative, it's also much more sensible overall.

Joysticks

Another area where the Xbox Series has an edge is its Joystick. The Xbox Series controller is almost identical to the Xbox One model, except for textured handles and shoulder buttons, an improved D-pad, and a new “share” button in the center.

It's a smart upgrade to one of the best controllers ever made. Still, running on AA batteries rather than a built-in rechargeable unit seems archaic and also represents a huge cost to the end user, whether they choose to buy AAs or rechargeable packs.

DualSense, on the other hand, is a big difference from DualShock 4, with a two-tone color scheme and much larger grips. It also adds a variety of new features: extremely sensitive tactile feel and a built-in microphone between them. Tactile feedback is impressive, mimicking the feeling of objects rolling in a box or creating realistic resistance when you press a trigger.

However, DualSense still has a huge amount of wasted space (particularly on the touchpad), and if you're thinking of the PS5 DualSense vs. DualShock 4 debate, the new joystick stands out only for its innovation.

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Processor

The three consoles use processors manufactured by AMD, and all have the Zen2 architecture, with very similar specifications. The consoles are likely to perform very similarly, both on the S, X and PS5.

In numerical terms, the Xbox Series X is ahead, with an eight-core processor and 16 threads. In speed, the Series X processor can also reach up to 3,8GHz with the eight physical cores, and 3,6GHz in the activated threads. The Series S, on the other hand, has a processor with the same profile, but that delivers 3,6 GHz of frequency in the eight cores.

Playstaiton 5 also uses a 16-thread octa-core, which works at 3,5GHz speed. The PS5 processor can also take this speed down in situations where the processor is not being used much.

While the specs are useful to know, they only tell part of the story when it comes to performance. However, we can say that the Xbox Series has more powerful hardware, both in terms of GPU and SSD. Check out the performance section to see how this hardware works in action.

AttributesPlayStation 5Xbox Series X
Main ExclusivesSpider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7Halo Infinite, Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, Forza Motorsport 8, State of Decay 3
Backwards compatibilityAlmost all PS4 games, including optimized PS4 Pro titlesAll selected Xbox One / Xbox 360 games and original Xbox games
CPUAMD Zen 2 8-core 3,5GHzAMD Zen 2 8-core, 3,8 GHz
But by the full GPU acceleration tech10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 212,0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2
RAM16 GB GDDR616 GB GDDR6
Store825GB custom SSDCustom 1TB NVMe SSD
ResolutionUp to 8KUp to 8K
frame rateUp to 120 fpsUp to 120 fps
optical disc driveBlu-ray 4K UHD (PS5 standard only)Blu-ray 4K UHD
Playstation 5
PlayStation 5

Video card

The graphics card of both three consoles has the same origin, and is an AMD Radeon, RDNA2 architecture, which was customized by the manufacturers to meet their respective needs. The consoles will be equipped with RayTracing technology, and more advanced ones. The Xbox Series X also takes the lead in this, reaching 52 GPU cores, with a fixed speed of 1,825GHz. The console promises to have a graphics power of 12 TFLOPS.

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The PS5 comes right down with 36 units running at a speed of 2,23GHz, which cannot be lowered and will feature 10,29 TFLOPS. Finally, we have the Series S, which has a smaller and simpler graphics card, which has 20 computational units, which will run at 1,565GHz, and will have an expected performance of 4 TFLOPS.

Performance

Comparing two games qualitatively on both systems: Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition. The first is a great open-world title where it's easy to measure load times as you travel quickly from one distant point on the map to another. The latter is a fast-paced and frantic action game, where any drop in frame rate is immediately noticeable.

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Xbox series

First, Sony's ambitious claims about PS5 load times aren't exaggerated. Assassin's Creed Valhalla left the main menu for the game in less than a minute; the fast trip took less than 10 seconds from point to point. However, while the Xbox Series X took longer to load the game initially (almost a minute), the fast travel time was exactly the same. Both systems ran the game in 4K at 60 frames per second and neither seems to have any significant difference in the fluidity of animation, lighting, etc.

Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition may be similar in performance. While the PS5 and Xbox Series offer ray tracing, the Xbox Series X's ray tracing in this game was a little richer, offering greater contrasts between light and shadow, particularly in the game's first mysterious red and purple landscapes. Taking the comparisons made by Digital Foundry, we can repair this performance slightly better in case of Xbox.

Measuring performance with these two games is difficult, however, because they were both designed with the PS4 and Xbox One in mind, rather than the PS5 and Xbox Series X exclusively. In these games, the two consoles performed similarly.

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Games

The PS5 and Xbox Series take fundamentally different approaches to game libraries. The Xbox Series assumes that you will continue the same games you left off on Xbox One and will want optimized performance for all of your favorites. The PS5, on the other hand, has a number of exclusive titles that were released alongside its new console – though most of them are also available on the PS4, to be fair.

At the moment, it's hard to deny that the PS5 has the most exciting game selection. In terms of original titles alone, the PS5 was released with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon's Souls, Sackboy: The Big Adventure and the surprisingly delicious Astro's Playroom.

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Compare and contrast with the Xbox Series X, which had no exclusive title at launch. Instead, Microsoft has released a list of 30 “optimized for Xbox Series X/S” titles, including fan favorites like Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Forza Horizon 4. Although the Xbox Series X optimizations are really impressive, not all of these games are new and they're all available on Xbox One, PC, or both.

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In addition, both consoles are well stocked with third party titles such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Borderlands 3, Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and so on. Both won Cyberpunk 2077, Madden 21 and Destiny 2 and third party parity will likely continue. Both systems also have excellent backward compatibility features.

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Also worth mentioning is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a subscription service that lets you download over 100 games in a variety of genres and play them on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC and even Android. Sony has released “PS Plus Collection”, which allows PlayStation Plus subscribers to download a few dozen PS4 classics. However, it's not as comprehensive as the Xbox Game Pass, so Sony can expand these offerings even further. Of course, both systems will also have some interesting games coming up. But thinking about what we can play now, the PS5 has a stronger lineup.

Backwards compatibility

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series have excellent backward compatibility features for their games, but there's no denying that Xbox goes further in Microsoft's library. The Xbox Series isn't just compatible with almost every Xbox One game; it is also compatible with many original Xbox 360 and Xbox games. Although it doesn't include all of Microsoft's attempts at backwards compatible games. The Xbox 360 still runs a lot of original Xbox games that the X and S Series can't.

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Retrocompatible games

The PS5 can run almost every PS4 game on the market, but compatibility doesn't go beyond that unless you rely on its PlayStation Now streaming service for PS3 games. Still, it's not quite the same as playing games you already own directly on a console.

Now, leave it there in the comments: What is the best console for you? Do you already have any of them in your house? Contact us and take the opportunity to read more about PlayStation e Xbox on our website.

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Paulo Fabris is a journalist, writer, RPG player, gamer, cosplayer, nerd and fan of anime since the time of TV Manchete.