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Difference Between Xbox Series X and PS5

Both Xbox Series X and PS5 are the latest offerings to the gaming fraternity from Microsoft and Sony respectively. There’s no doubt that both are powerful gaming consoles capable of 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second and support ray tracing. Basically, they are pretty much the same on the hardware side with pretty much same specs. Overall, both have some great features to justify a purchase. But the question is; which one should you buy?

Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is the Microsoft’s latest offering and the most powerful console ever. The Series X was launched along with the digital-only Series S in November 2020. It is the fourth generation of the Xbox console lineup, succeeding the already popular Xbox One. The Series S is basically the lower-priced, digital only version of the console. The Series X blends the powerful next-generation performance with high-end graphics and superfast performance.

PS5

The PS5 is the Sony’s next generation and the most powerful console, and successor to the already best-selling PS4. Sony launched the PS5 in November 2020, the same month Series X was released. Since its release, Sony has sold more than 20 million PS5 units despite the long-running shortage and decline in European sales. Despite the chip shortages, the PS5 is one of the best selling gaming consoles of all time. With tons of exclusives, there’s no doubt that the PS5 is an excellent gaming machine and equally powerful.

Difference between Xbox Series X and PS5

Hardware

– The PS5 is clearly the best selling gaming console having sold over 20 million units globally, more than what the Xbox Series X and Series S have sold combined. However, the Xbox Series X has a more powerful hardware in terms of both processing power and GPU. While both the consoles boast the powerful AMD RDNA 2 GPU, the Series X has 12 teraflops meaning it can handle up to 12 trillion operations per second, whereas the PS5 has a little over 10 teraflops. In terms of storage, the Series X has 1 TB of custom SSD while the PS5 has only 825 GB. So, besides all the popularity, the Series X definitely wins on the hardware side.

Design

– In terms of design, the Xbox Series X is probably the best designed console than the PS5. While the design is pretty basic, it’s very clean with intelligent geometry designed to be placed upright, as in standing vertically. The Series X looks more like a traditional console and is ridiculously small. Although it’s a simple plain design, that’s what a lot of people would want under their TVs. This is probably the reason why some people may not like the spaceship like design of the PS5. The Series X is just a simple black box but it looks cool.

Games

– Both the consoles have fundamentally different approaches when it comes to game libraries. The PS5 has an impressive range of Sony exclusive games and the list is much longer compared to the Series X. And exclusives can be a pretty big factor when choosing a console, especially when it comes to picking one over the other. Some of the top Sony exclusives are God of War, Unchartered, Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, and many more. In comparison the Series X has a short list of exclusives, including Gears 5, Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon, and more.

Xbox Series X vs. PS5: Comparison Chart

Summary

Both the Series X and PS5 are fantastic gaming consoles and both are great considering the boast almost similar specs apart from a few changes of course. For one, the Series X has better GPU performance and more storage compared to the PS5. But you can also say that they both serve the same purpose through different means, from storage to controller to form factor and more. On paper, the Series X is the more powerful console that is just as quiet and runs just as cool with a much smaller form factor. The PS5, because of its unique/strange form factor, does not just fit into a lot of living room entertainment centers. But then, it’s purely subjective.

Is the PS5 better than the Xbox Series X?

The PS5 has more and better exclusives than the Series X. Additionally, the PS5 is the best selling among the two, having sold over 20 million units worldwide.

Why Xbox is better than PlayStation?

The Xbox Series X has better GPU performance and more storage compared to the PS5. The Series X has 12 teraflops whereas the PS5 has a little over 10 teraflops. The Xbox also has more storage capacity than the PS5.

Which gaming console is best?

Currently, the PS5 is one of the best selling gaming consoles of all time having sold millions of units. But due to the pandemic-induced global chip shortage, the PS5 is hard to get your hands on as of now. 

Does Xbox have better graphics than PlayStation?

While both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 have the same AMD powered GPU based on the RDNA 2 architecture, the Series X has 12 teraflops whereas the PS5 has 10.28 teraflops. So, Xbox has a upper hand in the graphics department.

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