The PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which one is better?
The time has come; the war drums are beating, the feeling of death is in the air, and the fanboys stand ready to defend their console kingdoms. That’s right, the war to end all wars have begun, and this year, it’s the PS5 vs Xbox Series X.
The PS5 vs Xbox Series X Comparison
Incoherent fanboy arguments and brand loyalty aside, this console war is different. The video game landscape is not what it was around the last generation of consoles.
Now, we have a formidable mobile games competitor via phones and tablets; a Nintendo console that has dominated the market since it’s release; and a shift in industry focus towards streaming games.
There also seems to be an underlying feeling that this might be Xbox’s last rodeo in hardware if the Xbox Series X flops. This is the console war that will change everything; “PS5 vs Xbox Series X,” which are you going to choose.
Hardware and Price
This is the part where PC gamers roll their eyes and go back to playing games on their $2000 computers. It’s like they see us as cavemen playing with sticks and stones.
Conversely, this generation of consoles is doing a much better job at closing the gap between the PC overlords.
Both consoles will feature up to 8K resolutions, high frame rates, powerful processors, and lightning-fast hard drives (SSDs).
There’s no price for either console as of this article — both companies know that prices will make or break their success — but there’s speculation that the PS5 will cost around $499 and Xbox Series X around $399. These are rumors, however.
From a hardware standpoint, both consoles are formidable and there isn’t much technology that will sway a consumer in either direction. Round 1 of PS5 vs Xbox Series X ends in a draw.
Games are all that matter in the end when it comes to deciding between these two consoles. After all, if you wanted power you could always build/buy a PC (also the inferior hardware Nintendo Switch wouldn’t be selling like hotcakes).
Unfortunately, for the Xbox Series X, they seem to be giving way to the PS5’s exclusive titles. The PS5 is coming out swinging with games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Demon Souls Remake, and Horizon: Forbidden West.
The Xbox Series X is bringing to the table Halo: Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Forza 8, State of Decay 3, and Fable 4. While this lineup might seem stacked upon first viewing, many of these games won’t be available upon release; titles like Halo: Infinite and Fable 4 have indefinite release dates.
Moreover, Infinite has gotten a lot of flack for not looking like a true next-gen game.
The Xbox Series X better get their act together quickly when it comes to providing high-quality exclusive titles. Either that or Microsoft will have to put all their faith into Gamepass.
This round goes to PS5.
Which is Better: PS5 or Xbox Series X
While both consoles are off to a strong start and show significant room for improvement, the Xbox Series X seems like a slightly better investment for the moment. With more powerful hardware, a better design, a more comprehensive game subscription service, and a delightful controller, the Xbox Series X has the early lead in the next generation of consoles. Both consoles perform fairly well as streamers and Blu-ray players, but they each have their flaws in these regards and are beaten by dedicated players, so there’s little reason here to choose one over the other.
Still, the PS5 has some virtues that the Xbox Series X does not. There’s a full-featured digital console, a more inventive controller, a faster SSD, and — this is not to be understated — a better selection of exclusive games. In other words, it really comes down to gaming, just as it should, and in this regard, the PS5 comes out on top by going beyond resolution and refresh rate and delivering an overall experience that’s truly next-generational.