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Which should you buy, PS5 or Xbox Series X? Compare prices, specifications, and compatible software

Considering which one to buy, PS5 (PlayStation 5) or Xbox Series X, the next-generation game console released in 2020. We compare the release date, price/price, specs, compatibility, and compatible software, so please refer to those who are considering purchasing.

Comparison of specifications and compatibility between PS5 and Xbox Series X

The high-performance next-generation PS5 and Xbox Series X have many common specs.

Both are capable of supporting 4K to 8K video, and the CPU uses an 8-core/16-thread Zen 2 based on AMD’s Ryzen, and the GPU uses an architecture based on AMD’s RDNA2.

However, in comparison , the Xbox Series X seems to be slightly higher.

Specifications Playstation 5 Xbox Series X
CPU Zen 2 Custom CPU/Operating Clock 3.5GHz Zen 2 custom CPU / operating clock 3.66 GHz (8 cores / 8 threads, operating clock 3.8 GHz when SMT is disabled)
GPUs RDNA 2 custom GPU/operating clock 2.23GHz, floating point performance 10.28TFLOPS RDNA 2 custom GPU/operating clock 1.825GHz, floating point performance 12TFLOPS

memory 16GB GDDR6 memory/256-bit 16GB GDDR6 memory/320-bit

memory bandwidth 448GB/s 560GB/s (10GB), 336GB/s (6GB)
internal storage 825GB Custom SSD 1TB custom SSD

transfer speed 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) 2.4GB/s uncompressed, 4.8GB/s compressed (using custom hardware decompression block)

Extended storage Supports USB HDD Supports USB HDD
optical drive 4K UHD Blu-ray drive 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

 

Comparison of PS5 and Xbox Series X release dates

The PS5 and Xbox Series X release dates have been decided, and it turns out that the Xbox Series X will be released earlier.

PS5 release date

PlayStation 5

The PS5 launch date is November 12, 2020. The launch dates are in Japan, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea, with November 19th in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and South Africa.

Xbox Series X release date

The Xbox Series X release date has been set for November 10, 2020 .

Compare PS5 and Xbox Series X prices

It turns out that the PS5 regular edition and the Xbox Series X will be the same price , about 49,980 yen.

PS5 price

The PS5 will have a suggested retail price of 49,980 yen /$499.99/€499.99 for the regular edition, and a suggested retail price of 39,980 yen/$339.99/€399.99 for the digital edition.

 

normal version
digital edition version

PS5 will be released in two versions, a regular version and a digital edition version without a disc drive. The digital edition version is cheaper than the regular edition because there is no drive.

Xbox Series X pricing

The price of the Xbox Series X has been decided at $499, the Japanese price of about $ 341.68.

In addition, the release of the Xbox Series S , a low-priced version of the Xbox Series X, was also announced.

The Japanese price of 29,980 yen ($ 299) was announced, and although the specs are inferior to the X, there are rumors that it will have the same performance as the PS5.

Comparison of PS5 and Xbox Series X cheap version

As mentioned above, PS5 and Xbox Series X will be released in a regular edition and a low-priced edition that is slightly cheaper.

PS5 Digital Edition

digital edition version

The digital edition version without the PS5 disc driver has the same performance as the regular edition, but cannot read the package software on the disc. Therefore, all software must be purchased as a download.

Also, the biggest feature is that titles that can be upgraded to PS5 for free with PS4 package software may not be upgradeable with the digital edition version.

This was announced at Cyberpunk 2077, but other software packages may become non-upgradeable as well.

Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S is said to have less CPU/GPU performance and RAM than the Xbox Series X, but it has been found to support ray tracing and 120fps like the X. It is a spec that must be a next-generation machine.

 

The high-performance next-generation PS5 and Xbox Series X have many common specs.

Both are capable of supporting 4K to 8K video, and the CPU uses an 8-core/16-thread Zen 2 based on AMD’s Ryzen, and the GPU uses an architecture based on AMD’s RDNA2.

However, in comparison, the Xbox Series X seems to be slightly higher.

 

PS5 can run almost all PS4 compatible software .

Also, it seems that many of the titles released on PS4 will be able to update to PS5 for free, but it is said that this correspondence is left to the judgment of each game software maker.

The compatibility of the original PS, PS2, and PS3 has not been announced, but it is said to be difficult.

It seems that some software will not be directly compatible with PS5, but will be able to be played via PS Archives and PS Now.

Xbox Series X compatibility

Xbox Series X can play all four generations of games , including the original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One .

Xbox Series X introduces innovative technology to be the most compatible home game console in history, said director Jason Ronald.

Comparison of compatible software and exclusive titles for PS5 and Xbox Series X
Many software that can be played on both PS5 and Xbox Series X are scheduled to be released, but there are also exclusive titles for each. Especially PS5 is rumored to have more exclusive titles.

PS5 exclusive title

On PS5, the titles released by Sony will mainly be exclusive.

Some titles will be released on PC like “Bugsnax” and “Godfall”, but ” Marvel Spider – Man : Miles Morales “, ” Gran Turismo 7 “, ” Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart “, ” Demon’s Souls Remake “, Many titles such as ” Horizon: Forbidden West ” will be PS5 exclusive releases.

In particular, there are rumors that Sony is conscious of exclusive titles, and it is considered that ” FF16 ” will be a title with an exclusive period like FF7 remake.

Xbox Series X exclusive titles

In Xbox Series X, titles released by Microsoft are mainly exclusive.

Among them, FPS “Halo Infinite”, action adventure “Gears 5”, racing game “Forza Horizon 4”, etc. will not be released on PS4 even if the PC version is released.

Which should you buy PS5 or Xbox Series X after all?


Xbox Series X in terms of specs


The PS5 and Xbox Series X are pretty similar high-spec machines, but as mentioned earlier, the Xbox Series X has slightly higher specs.

I want to enjoy games with high image quality and high performance! If so, the Xbox Series X is better.

However, since the Xbox Series X is issued by Microsoft, if you already own a high-performance gaming PC, you probably don’t need to buy it again.

PS5 if you choose by software


Xbox Series X has excellent backward compatibility, but PS5 is expected to have more exclusive titles to be released in the future.

If you want to play a variety of games, PS5 is recommended because you can think of a situation where you can’t play on Xbox or Nintendo Switch with just PS5.

Waiting is also important


PS5 Pro is expected to launch. Many people may want to wait and see until the price drops.

Furthermore, it is rumored that a new Nintendo Switch with 4K support will be released in 2021.

When playing multiplayer, it depends on the manufacturer of each software whether it supports crossplay, so it’s better to buy the same hardware with your friends.

PS5 will sell better


According to overseas economic analysts, PS5 is expected to sell 66 million units by the end of 2024, while Xbox Series X is expected to sell 37 million units.

Considering the penetration rate, PS5 seems to be the winner.

Gamers should buy both


Both will be released at the same time, so it is said to be the biggest hardware war in the 2020s. Gamers should buy both.

Stay tuned with Gamingtechnologynews.com for more updates!

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