PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: What We Know So Far
There is nothing as thrilling in a gamer’s life as the release of the next-generation console. The possibility of a new trailer, lifelike games and characters, the possibility of escaping to the virtual world for hours, and better gaming experience is what every gamer is looking forward to the next versions of consoles.
Luckily, Sony and Microsoft have shown their hand. Now we know what PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have inside them and what games we can play on them.
Although we don’t have complete information about them, especially their release dates and price, we will run through everything we know to keep you informed before they’re released.
Sony’s futuristic console is like nothing we have ever seen before. This perfectly designed console stands taller than the Xbox Series X, and you might have time fitting it in a media cabinet. Thankfully, you can place it both horizontally and vertically, depending on your needs. Continue reading to learn more about PS5 design.
The PS5 console comes with a white-and-black design to match its controller. It stands vertically just like the Xbox Series X and includes two versions; a pure digital and a 4K Blu-ray drive edition. The pure digital edition looks thinner than the regular version, all thanks to the removal of the drive.
The PS5 console can also be placed horizontally underneath a monitor or TV. Sony also didn’t forget to build a stand that works for both the vertical and horizontal orientation.
At the top of the console appears to be a vent for heat dissipation as well as USB-A and USB-C ports in the front. This console will also be accompanied by a variety of accessories, including a Pulse 3D wireless headset, media remote, and DualSense charging station.
Specs and Power
While some specs and capabilities of PlayStation 5 are still unknown, here’s what we know so far:
The PS5 console is powered by 8 AMD Zen 2 CPU working at 3.5GHz. This frequency is higher than the double jaguar CPU PS4 has. The CPU has been tailored by AMD to harmonise Sony’s loft goals. A powerful start, if you ask me.
This combination means PS5 will be able to handle PS4 backward compatibility via GPU architecture easily instead of hours coding. So all top 100 PS4 games will be fully compatible with PlayStation 5.
Then there is the RDNA 2 graphic card (GPU), the newest graphical architecture with an output of 10.3 teraflops operating at 2.23GHz. Although this is nowhere close to that of Xbox, it’s enough to hit high scores with ray tracing.
It also includes an 825 GB SSD, which allows a much faster data loading and retrieval, cutting the waiting time drastically on the PS5. This is a game-changer; a game like Spider-Man will loads at only 0.8 seconds on the current console, which is fast compared to 8.10 seconds on PS4.
The console also comes with 16 GB DDR6 RAM, 4K Blue-Ray optical drive in standard mode, a spare NVMe slot, and external HDD storage compatibility.
The PlayStation 5 will feature a 3D audio support, all thanks to its New Tempest Engine. The tempest is a powerful system that can support hundreds of decent audios.
The 3D audio processing unit in the console delivers a sophisticated and diverse 3D audio experience to players. You feel the sound that moving above, below, and around you.
The PS5 controller will be called DualSense instead of DualShock 5, as anticipated. The controller has undergone significant changes from its predecessors.
The creators of DualSense didn’t change what gamers love about DualShock 4, but added new functionality and refined the design. The new PS5 controller adapts haptic feedback, which adds several powerful sensations that you’ll feel while playing.
Also, Sony has integrated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of the controller, meaning you can feel the tension while playing different games.
Unlike the DualShock 4, DualSense no longer has the “Share” button. It hasn’t gone away but just replaced with the “Create” button, which will allow you to create epic gameplay content that you can share with the word, or keep it to yourself.
This new controller has a built-in microphone array, so you can easily chat with a friend without having to use a headset. But if you want to chat for longer hours, you can also connect with it your headset.
Xbox Series X
We already have a glimpse of the Xbox Series X’s design and know some games the Xbox Series X console will present us with once it’s launched later this year. Apart from getting us Hallo infinite and Hellblade 2, it has ample information on backward compatibility and cross-gen ownership, which will work under the latest Delivery feature.
Even though we don’t know how much the console will cost and the released date, we know lots about what to expect when the Xbox Series X launches later this year. Let look at some things we already know about this console, starting with its design.
The Xbox Series X features a blockier style than we’ haven’t seen in its predecessor; it makes it look like a smaller gaming PC. But according to Microsoft, the Series X can sit both vertically and horizontally.
It’s black and consists of indented cooling vents on the top (there is a green light inside it). The Xbox logo is positioned on the top left corner of the console, and it still consists of a disc drive.
The console comprises HDMI 2.1 output ports, 3 USB 3.2 ports, and expandable storage slot, a power input port, and an expanded storage slot. According to Microsoft, it weighs 4.45kg/ 9.8lbs, and measures 15.1cm x 15.1 x 30.1cm.
Specs and Power
Under the hood of Xbox Series X is an absolute beast waiting to be unleased. Digital Foundry says the specs f this new generation console will twice the Xbox One X. The console will feature an internal 315 W power supply accompanied with parallel cooling architecture, that allows cool air in, and lets the cool air stream through the console.
Its processor is customised with AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8 and 16 threads, a base speed of 3.6GHz, and a peak speed of 3.8Ghz. The frequencies are completely locked, meaning the console could adjust the CPU power based on workloads and thermals.
This means that when you’re playing a game demands a lot of processing power, and the console will give its CPU boost. When you don’t need it, it will slow it down.
The Xbox Series X contains a custom-designed GPU with 12 teraflops of computing performance, as well as 3328 shaders distributed to 52 compute units. It’s locked at 1.825 MHz, meaning there are no boosting clocks for the GPU: that’s its speed forever.
The AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture in the console gives it a great graphical power equivalent to that of a gaming PC with RTX 2080 graphic card. Although it’s very capable, the console might not be able to compete with some most powerful gaming PCs.
The Series X also receives 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, which is an upgrade of the Xbox One X’s 12GB GDDR5. The GDDR6 memory would give the console a major leap in performance. Combined with a super-fast NVMe SSD, then the Xbox Series X should deliver unmatched performance and spritely feel when used.
The Xbox Series X aims to run games at 60 FTPs in 4K, and it will also support up to 120ftps too. Apart from the 4K aim, the console has 8 K capabilities.
Microsoft is also releasing an Xbox Series X controller to complement its next-generation console. The company is building a brand new reiteration of its previous Xbox controller, but advancing its current ergonomics and features, while adding in some new features.
Even though the full details of the controller are yet to be revealed, there are some details we already know, including dynamic latency input, reverse compatibility, batteries, refined hardware, and power.
First, the refined design of the controller makes it look smaller to accommodate a wider range of players. Microsoft also changed the controller d-pads.
The new d-pads now feature a cross-segment design, which aims to boost directional movements and menu selection. The gamepad has a textured grip on the triggers, which gives it a more tactile feel.
The most significant update is the share button. A feature that was only found on Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft has placed the share In between the view and menu button. With the help of the button, players can easily share screenshots and clips across social networks.
The company is adding Dynamic Latency Input into the console pipeline. Through this tool, developers can make games more responsive.
Thanks to the updates heading to Microsoft platforms, the controller will be compatible with previous-gen hardware. This means players can now take advantage of the ergonomic design and features of this controller on past Xbox hardware if they’re not ready to upgrade.
The controller will still retain the AA batteries common in regular controllers. It will also use USB-C and USB- A cable for charging.
When Are the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Coming Out?
Sony is yet to announce the price and release date for PlayStation 5. But it looks like Sony is planning to release at the end of the year, in the holiday season. However, the exact date is not yet clear.
Rumours say the release date for PS5 might be November 20th2020, but again they’re just rumours. We just have to wait until Sony confirms the date before we can take our tents and camp at the front of our local GameStore. Just like PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X is set to be released during the 2020 holiday, but Microsoft is yet to confirm.
How Much Will the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Cost?
As far as price is concerned, we don’t have the right answer yet. All sorts of numbers have popped up, but none has been verified. One believable rumour for the price of PlayStation 5 is $399 for the digital-only release and $499 for the model with an optical disk drive.
For Xbox Series X, the console the cost could range between $399 to $499. Since the price of the original Xbox One and Xbox One X when launched was $499.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Games
The games you can play on the two consoles can be the deal-breaker for which console you side with, even if it means breaking loyalty to get a potential a specific game at the end of the year.
Here’s a list of games we expect to see on PS5 and Xbox Series X:
PlayStation 5 Games
- Madden NFL 21
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- BattleField 6
- WRC 9
Xbox Series Games
- Scarlet Nexus
- Halo Infinite
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Dirt 5
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Madden NFL 21
Both Playstation5 and Xbox Series X aim to completely change the way gaming looks and feels. At the end of the day, we can’t say which one is better between the two; it’s still too early to judge. But what we know is both consoles bring a lot to the table, and gamers can’t wait for them to be released at the end of the year- hopefully.
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 6/7/2020.