The PS5 vs Xbox Series X: How To Make the Ultimate Decision
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.
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.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: 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.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Exclusives Games
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 seemed 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 quick 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.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Final Thoughts
This console war is a lot closer than the last generation when Xbox shot themselves in the foot at E3 2013. Once the Xbox One got off to a shaky start the PS4 annihilated the console with superior sales and hype. Xbox must avoid this fatal error this time around.
Especially now that technology is moving rapidly and the stakes are higher than ever before. Will either console implement VR or motion controls? How will each reconcile with the money printing machine that is the Nintendo Switch? Is the next Xbox going to be the Xbox XXX?
These questions and more will be answered this holiday season. Look for both consoles to make key moves between now and then.