PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which is Best? Which console should you buy for Christmas?
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PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which is Best? Which console should you buy for Christmas?

Ramzi Musa
25 November 2020

The PS5 and Xbox Series X make for the ultimate Christmas gift...but which one should you go for?

The Xbox Series X and PS5 releases were quite the rollercoaster, and while many lucky people out there were able to score their preferred console, unfortunately, there were many who'll have to sit tight until the stock comes back in. Just a heads up, following @GfinityDealsUK is a great way to go if you want all the latest on stock updates, we have our eyes peeled trust us!

When it comes to which console is 'best', as you'll see, the decision goes far beyond the consoles themselves. 

We know about the consoles themselves, but PS5 and Xbox Series X don't exist on an island, they both work with various monitors, headsets, hard drives, and especially games in slightly different ways.

Here's everything else you need to know to inform your decision.

At a glance

  • Raw Specs
  • Playing on Monitor
  • Playing on TV
  • Using Headsets
  • Controllers
  • Storage
  • Exclusives

Raw Specs

Take a look below for the technical breakdown for the consoles. In terms of sheer power, it would appear that Xbox Series X has a slight edge, but when it comes down to it, these are two incredibly impressive next-gen consoles. 

 PS5Xbox Series X
Price$499/£449 ($399/£359 without disc drive)$499/£449
Controller FeaturesUSB Type-C
Haptic Feedback
Adaptive Triggers
Microphone
Create Button
Rechargeable Batteries
New Trigger and Bumper Grip
Hybrid D-Pad
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI)
Share Button
AA Batteries
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Custom RDNA 2 (Supports Ray Tracing and 3D Audio via Tempest Engine)12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Die Size308 mm2360.45 mm2
ProcessTBC7nm Enhanced
Memory16 GB GDDR6/256-bit16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus
Memory Bandwidth448 GB/s10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
I/O Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
DirectX RaytracingYesYes
RAMN/A16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)
Internal StorageCustom 825GB SSD1 TB Custom NVME SSD
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External StorageUSB HDD SupportSeagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive (Available without)4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Max Output Resolution8K8K, 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
Max Refresh Rate120Hz120Hz
VR SupportYesNo
Cloud GamingRemote PlayMicrosoft Cloud Gaming
Subscription ServicesPlayStation Plus, PlayStation NowXbox Live, Xbox Game Pass
Backwards CompatibilityPS4 games, PSVRXbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - including accessories
Ports

Front: One Type-A USB Port and One Type-C USB Port

Rear: Two Type-A USB Ports, Ethernet

Front: One Type-A USB Port

Rear: 1TB External SSD Slot (Proprietary), Ethernet, Two Type-A USB Ports

BluetoothYesYes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)
Quick ResumeAbility to jump into specific modesYes - Support multiple games at once
Smart DeliveryFree Upgrades For Many PS4 TitlesYes

 

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Monitors: What are the options?

Gaming Monitor

SPEED OR RESOLUTION: You could get both with some monitors

Gaming monitors are a great way to maximise the amount you can get out the consoles for right now. Since the consoles are both so early in their lifespan, we'll have to wait for more readily available 8K monitors to make an appearance later down the line, however, there are a number of options for both consoles available now.

It should also be noted that a monitor must be compatible with HDMI 2.1 to realise both consoles' high resolution and framerates.

A key difference between the two consoles is that Xbox Series X does support 1440p, however, PS5 at this time doesn't support native 1440p.

This means that if you're playing on a 1440p monitor, which is arguably a sweet spot between framerates and resolution (for right now) you may see a better result with Xbox Series X.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X TVs: Which is better for TV gaming?

TV for PS5

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: Many TVs on the market can deliver a solid next-gen experience

As mentioned, both PS5 and Xbox Series X have only just arrived, so technology has to play a bit of catch up to get to a non-premium price point.

Again, the 'sweet spot' right now for next-gen gaming is seemingly120hz at 4K for a TV. There are TVs on the market right now which can handle this too.

If you're going for 8K gaming on a TV, you will have to spend the big bucks, but you'll also find that frame-rates will likely not be as high with such an intense resolution. 

Both consoles are neck and neck with this one.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Headsets: Which has more options?

Pulse 3D

FULL FORCE: The PS5 headset is a real knockout

With headsets, the consoles are fairly even when it comes to choice, but much like with the DualSense the PS5 has an obvious choice - the Pulse 3D.

The Xbox Series X is largely compatible with headsets both old and new, so you can really explore a load of different options there!

Both consoles provide some leaps forward in terms of audio, so make sure to invest in the right pair before diving in.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Controllers: Who wins?

PS5 DualSense

TIME TO DUAL: This next-gen controller is a big leap forward for players

You can't deny that the DualSense is a real innovation when it comes to design and function. Its haptic feedback is already wowing PS5 owners and is lending a whole new experience to the world of gaming.

The Xbox Series X controller is a refined version of the last, but you're not finding a 'ton' of different features there in comparison to the DualSense.

However, if we're talking backwards compatibility the Xbox Series X does seem to have the edge on the PS5. Use your old controllers on the system on any game, save some money, and have pretty much free reign of Xbox controllers for the console!

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Storage: Which is better for a huge game library?

Hard drives

BREATHING ROOM: There are some quality hard drives available for both consoles

If you're playing a load of titles at once (guilty) then one of these consoles arguably could have the edge over the other, but for a price!

Xbox Series X has an officially licensed Seagate SSD expansion pack. Great for expanding internal storage simply, the expansion card works almost like an old school memory card.

PS5 on the other hand, as of yet, doesn't have a similar equivalent to the Xbox's expansion card. The custom SSD is so powerful, nothing at this time appears to stand up to it.

As always, there are loads of HDDs on the market today, which provide an easy way of freeing up space on your console.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Games: Which exclusives are where?

Both consoles will have amazing games, that's for sure, but let's face it, it's all about the exclusives.

PlayStation exclusives have been very impressive indeed, with games like God of War, Spiderman, Uncharted, and Grand Turismo all being solely playable on PlayStation. We're expecting big things to come.

It would seem that Xbox's games are a little less exclusive in general, but it does have iconic classics like Halo to its name, and many of the AAA games such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla are out on both platforms - and look and play fantastically well on Xbox Series X.

Picking a winner here is tough, we're expecting big things from future game releases for both consoles!

Reviews

You can check out our review of Microsoft's latest console right here, and take a look at our in-depth look at the PS5 here!

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