The PS5 vs Xbox Series X debate has reached another level, with both Sony and Microsoft revealing their new consoles to the public.
With both machines showing off their hardware, peripherals and a selection of games, fans are eager to hear more.
As we countdown the days to release, here's a comparison of the two consoles and ALL of the latest news and rumours.
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Who's Winning The Console War Between PS5 And Xbox Series X?
With the long-awaited reveal of the Xbox Series S, we now know that Microsoft will offer an impressively-priced box with plenty of clever tech.
Faster loading times, multiple games open at once, and up to 120 FPS support, all with ray tracing, for £249/$299 is sure to be a tantalising prospect for many budget-conscious gamers this holiday season.
Meanwhile, Xbox Series X beats out Sony's new machine in almost every department. While some may be quick to realise that the difference is small, it won't stop Xbox fans parading this victory over their PlayStation rivals in the console war. We also now know that the console will retail at £449 or $499.
The PS5's new DualSense controller has certainly opened the door for new possibilities within gaming and create new experiences, the new PlayStation has a long way to go in winning over fans.
Both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will feature backwards compatibility with all past Xbox games, Quick Resume AND Smart Delivery (meaning any games you purchase on Xbox One will be free when you upgrade to the Series X).
Microsoft has also revealed the full specs (below), gameplay and demos of their new features.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Comparison
If you're looking for a FULL list of confirmed next-generation titles and exclusives, you can find them below:
|PS5||Xbox Series X|
|Price||$500-700/£400-£550 (TBC)||$500-700/£400-£550 (TBC)|
|Release Date||Holiday 2020||Holiday 2020|
|Number of Confirmed Exclusives||1||1|
|Controller Features||USB Type-C|
|New Trigger and Bumper Grip|
Dynamic Latency Input (DLI)
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||10.28 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 Size||TBC||360.45 mm2|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6/256-bit||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320mb bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|I/O Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|RAM||N/A||16GB GDDR6 RAM (13GB guaranteed for game developers)|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||Seagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Max Output Resolution||8K||8K, 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
|Max Refresh Rate||120Hz||120Hz|
|Cloud Gaming||Remote Play (TBA)||Project X Cloud (TBC)|
|Subscription Services||PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now (Unconfirmed)||Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass|
|Backwards Compatibility||PS4 games, PSVR||Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - including accessories|
|Dimensions||Unknown||5.94 inches wide, 5.94 inches deep, and 11.85 inches high|
|Ports||Unknown||Front: One Type-A USB PortRear: 1TB External SSD Slot, Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||TBC||Yes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)|
|Quick Resume||TBC||Yes - Support multiple games at once|
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Xbox Series X Controller
As more leaks, news and information unravel about the Xbox Series X and PS5, we'll be updating you all right here!
Here is the latest news in the console war between Xbox Series X and PS5:
The Latest News
Xbox Series X Orders Could Be Delayed! - 26th September
Wario64 on Twitter posted a screenshot of an email sent out by Amazon.
Apparently, they are giving people the heads up that they may not receive their console on time.
More Pre-Orders On The Way! - 20th September
Sony posted a tweet yesterday apologizing for the rough process that was the PS5 pre-orders.
They also noted the following:
"Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details. And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year."
So, be on the lookout on your retailer's social media for updates!
No Lower Spec PS5 - 19th September
“One thing that can be said is that if you look at the history of the game business, creating a special low priced, reduced spec console is something that has not had great results in the past. We’ve considered that option and seen other executives who have attempted this discover how problematic it is.”
“Clearly, price is a very important factor. We respect other companies’ competitive strategies. However, we are fully committed to and believe in our current strategy and the effect it will have.
So, as of now, it does not appear we are getting a lower-spec version of the PS5 like we have seen Microsoft do with the Series S.
Xbox Series X and S Pre-Order Dates - 17th September
According to reports, pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and S will open on September 22nd at 8am PT.
Microsoft has promised their pre-order experience will be smoother than that of the PS5.
Dirt 5 Trailer Shows Off Xbox Series S Performance - 17th September
A new Dirt 5 trailer shows us what Microsoft's less powerful console is capable of.
Check out the trailer below:
PS5 Official Showcase Event - 16th September
The PS5 Showcase Event revealed the PS5 will be released November 12th for the US and November 19th for the UK.
In terms of price, the PS5 starts at $499.99 or $399.99 for the digital edition of the console.
Xbox Series X/S Box Art - 14th September
Wario64 has posted the final box design for Microsoft's new consoles on Twitter.
First Xbox Series S Hands On - 14th September
Check out the first hands-on with the Xbox Series S.
The video gives us a closer look at Microsoft's affordable next-gen console.
PS5 Box Contents Leaked - 13th September
PS5 Show Wednesday - 12th September
PlayStation has announced a new PS5 showcase this upcoming Wednesday.
It will begin at 1 pm PT and 4 pm EST!
Xbox Series X Will Stream at 4K60 - 10th September
As for capturing and streaming from the console, the Series X will support 4K resolution and speeds up to 60 frames per second.
This feature apparently won’t be supported by the comparable but cheaper Xbox Series S.
Xbox Series X Retail Box Revealed - 10th September
Yes, it looks like an Xbox box. Read more here.
I mean, really, what else were you expecting?
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Launching November 10 - 9th September
Both of Microsoft's consoles will be launching in three months time.
The Series X will cost £449/$499 and the Series S will set you back just £249/$299.
Check out all the details here.
Xbox Series S Finally Announced - 8th September
Following leaks overnight, the Xbox Series S has finally been confirmed by Microsoft.
You can read the full story here.
Returnal To Release in 2021 Rumor - 6th September
Pushsquare.com noted that PS5 exclusive Returnal is aiming to release sometime next year.
They reported that Twitter user bogorad222 found a copy of former PlayStation employee Laura Gilbert’s resume.
On this resume, we can see that she has listed 'Returnal (2021, PS5)" as one of her projects.
Staggered Release Dates - 5th September
They found that the release info was changed from holiday 2020 to late 2020; which is the same lines as the above image from the trailer.
Report: PS5 Release Date November 13 - 29th August
A report/analysis by VGC has sparked some rumors regarding the PS5's release date.
They note that Sony "has already booked significant marketing spend for the seven days commencing on Friday, November 13"
So, it would only make sense for the console to release that Friday right? I guess we will have to wait and see for an official release date!
God of War To Release in 2022? - 23rd August
As reported by notebookcheck.net a PS5 leaker has noted when the God of War sequel may be releasing.
The leaker in question goes by the alias IronManPS5, but this rumor was ultimately shut down by SIE writer Cory Barlog.
Series X Dashboard - 22nd August
Posted by whathifi.com we are able to get a closer look at what the Xbox Series X home screen and dashboard is going to look like when it releases later this year,
Although this may not be final; it sure is an upgrade over the current dashboard!
Photo via Microsoft
PS5 And Xbox Series X Release Dates Leaked - 19th August
A set of leaks has revealed the potential release date for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Check out the rumoured dates below:
- Playstation 5 - November 13th
- Xbox Series S - November 5th
- Xbox Series X - November 6th
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🔵#PS5 11.13.2020 $/€ 499 - Digital $/€ 399
PS5 Loses Highly-Anticipated Launch Title - 18th August
Arkane Studios shooter Deathloop has been delayed until 2021.
This is a blow to the release of the PS5 as Deathloop was a highly-anticipated launch title for the console.
The delays are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although it's disappointing, it's great to see developers not rushing out games before they are finished.
Xbox Series X Price Potentially Leaked - 17th August
Youtuber and Journalist Alanah Pearce has revealed she was sent a picture by a retail worker revealing the supposed price of the Xbox Series X.
Check out @THTHEREDDRAGON's Twitter video below:
This information should be taken with a grain of salt as it has not been confirmed.
However, concerns the potential price of $599 is too expensive is already being discussed online.
More Box Art Appears - 16th August
Check it out below!
Xbox Series X Price Possibly Leaked By Monster Promotion - 14th August
A Monster Energy promotion offering prizes to 200 lucky fans has potentially revealed the price of the Xbox Series X.
Each prize is made up of an Xbox Series X and a copy of Halo Infinite.
Monster reported the prize pool in total is worth $199,998.
That means in total, each prize is worth $599.99.
This would suggest the Xbox Series X will be priced at either $599 or $550, depending on whether the price of Halo was included.
Xbox Series X Set Release Between 1st and 13th of November - 14th August
A recent store listing by Sega has potentially revealed the launch date of Microsoft's upcoming console.
A recent store listing of "Yakuza: Like A Dragon" reports the game will be available on November 13th.
This is significant as the press release of the game stated it would be available on day one of the Xbox's release.
This has narrowed down the release date for the Xbox and may have even pinpointed the date.
However, nothing has been confirmed by Microsoft as of yet.
Second Launch Exclusive For PlayStation 5 - 13th August
Rumours are circulating that Sony has a second launch exclusive planned for the PlayStation 5.
No specific game has been mentioned and this information has not been confirmed by Sony.
However, industry insider Beji-Sales stated Sony has something up their sleeve for the launch.
Check out the Twitter video below:
White Controller Leaked - 9th August
In a tweet posted by Twitter user @TinyRakan, they posted a few images of what they are suspecting is leaked images of the Series X controller in white.
Significant Battery Capacity Increase For PS5 Duelsense Controller - 12th August
It has been reported from sources that have tested the Duelsense controller that it lasts 3-4 hours longer than the Duelshock4.
This is a significant increase in battery life and an upgrade every player can appreciate.
The last thing players want to worry about is there controller running out of battery.
It's great to see the controller evolving and improving alongside the consoles.
PS5 To Play PS4 Games Sorta? - 8th August
Streamer Lance McDonald has posted but now deleted a tweet that was screenshotted by ResetEra, which has some news on the backwards compatibility of the PS5.
The full tweet can be viewed below, but the big takeaway from this tweet is that Sony is not going to test every game in time of the PS5 release.
So players may very well try and load a PS4 on the PS5, and find out for themselves id it doing to work or not.
PS4 Controller Won't Work With PS5 Games - 3rd August
In a post on the Playstation Blog, Sony revealed that the PS4 controller and accessories will work on the PS5.
The steering wheels, Sony wireless headsets and DualShock Controllers will be compatible with the PS5.
However, the Dualshock controllers will not work with PS5 titles.
DualSense Battery To Be 4 Hours More? - 2nd August
"They noted that it averaged around 3 to 4 hours more than the dualshock 4" along with "The Comfort of it: They noted that it is much more comfortable than the dualshock 4 and less bulky overall, they even noted that it was more comfortable than the Xbox one controller in their eyes"
Sony Introduce 'Ready For PS5' TV Branding - 29th July
Sony has begun marketing certain TV's as 'Ready For PS5'.
So far there are only two, the X900H 4K HDR Full Array LED and the Z8H 8K HDR Full-Array LED.
According to Sony, these will offer players the best picture on the PS5 and will ship with a game mode.
The game mode allows users to play PS5 games at low latency and offers added features with the Duelsense controller.
Gabe Newell Prefers Xbox Series X To PS5 - 28th July
Lord Gaben has been stuck in New Zealand since COVID hit, and when appearing on The Project, an NZ TV show, he was asked which of the consoles he'd go for.
Newell immediately went with Xbox, with his reasoning being "Because it's better!".
“I don’t have a stake in that race," he added. "Obviously, we do most of our development on personal computers, but of the two I would definitely go with an Xbox.”
New Photos Of PS5 Leaked - 27th July
A few new photos of the PS5 have been leaked over Twitter, they offer some unique angles not typically shown by Sony.
The images do not reveal anything significant, however, they give us a better idea of the scale of the console.
Check out Wario64's tweet below:
PS5 Side Plates Can Be Detached - 27th July
A thread on Resetera has revealed the sides on the PS5 can be detached.
This gives modders and designers a lot of options in terms of customisation.
Although this news has yet to be confirmed by Sony, there was an assumption that this would be a feature after the console's reveal.
Sony has previously stated that the console would provide modders with a lot of options for customisation, so it would make sense for the sides to be detachable.
Xbox Series S Controller Leak - 27th July
The Xbox Series S controller may have just been leaked online.
The photo was uploaded to Reddit and shows a white Xbox Series X controller with a few minor changes.
The D-pad is circular and the controller has a dedicated share button.
This has led people to speculate that this may be the controller for the rumoured Xbox Series S.
Nothing has been confirmed by Microsoft as of yet, however, the controller's alternative design is certainly a big clue. Check it out below:
Courtesy Wolf_Wizardo (Reddit)
Halo Infinite Was Recorded On A PC? - 26th July
It has been revealed that Halo Infinite's gameplay reveal was not running on an Xbox Series X at the games showcase.
The choice was made to showcase the game on a PC at the event.
Halo is no longer limited to console so it makes sense that the newest title would run on PC
However, a lot of fans have criticized the choice to not run the game on the Xbox Series X at the Xbox event.
God of War Coming in 2021? - 25th July
YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead has been one of the main hubs for PS5 related rumors/leaks as of late.
Coming off the tail end of the disastrous Xbox Games Showcase, he offered up a spicy rumor that notes that the sequel to the 2018 God of War title will be coming in the second half of 2021.
Whether or not this is true us unknown as of now, so take it with a grain of salt; but it is better than nothing.
Microsoft Say Halo Infinite Will Be A Visual Showcase For Xbox Series X - 24th July
Halo Infinite received a lot of criticism after it's gameplay reveal at the Xbox Games Showcase.
Some fans were disappointed with the graphics of the game shown during the event.
Microsoft has responded to the criticism, vowing Halo Infinite will be a visual showcase for the Xbox Series X on release.
This is a significant statement that has set high expectations for Halo Infinite's graphics when it launches.
Microsoft Officially Stops The Production of Xbox One X Consoles - 23rd July
Microsft has officially cancelled the production of its Xbox One X in preparation for the Xbox Series X release.
However, the Xbox One S will continue to be sold globally.
Rumours are suggesting this could mean the Xbox Series X will be releasing sooner than we think.
This is usually a step taken nearing a new generations console release.
Hopefully it won't be too long before we get our hands on the Xbox Series X.
Ubisoft Will Not Increase The Price of Their Games Coming To Next-Gen Consoles - 22nd July
Ubisoft has confirmed that all of its titles coming in the Fall of 2020 will not have a price increase.
Rumours were circulating that all next-gen games would receive a price increase with the arrival of the new consoles.
Ubisoft has confirmed this is not the case for their upcoming titles.
However, this may only apply to the releases during the Fall.
Ubisoft is likely to follow the trends of other publishers nearing the Christmas period.
New PS5 State of Play Event Rumoured To Happen In August - 22nd July
Another PS5 State of Play event could be happening very soon.
The same source that accurately predicted the PS5 release date has stated the event will happen on August 6th.
The report comes from Robert Serrano, an industry insider who has garnered a reputation for his accurate leaks.
This is still a rumour and is yet to be confirmed.
However, it's interesting PS5 may be organising another big event so close to the Xbox Games Showcase.
PS5 Demo Stations Are Starting To Be Setup In Stores - 21st July
PS5 Demo Stations are starting to be set up in stores across the UK.
A few images are circulating online of the demo stations in technology and games stores.
Check it out below:
It will be a while until these demo stations will be open to the public.
However, it's exciting to see that customers will be able to try the PS5 before they buy.
Xbox Series X Will Have 'Most Diverse Collection Of First-Party Games' Ever - 20th July
Phil Spencer, an executive at Microsoft, has stated the Xbox Series X will have the 'most diverse collection of first-party games' ever.
Spencer stated the Xbox's strength lays in its diverse range of small and big-name titles.
With the Xbox Games Showcase coming this week, Spencer's words have certainly got us hyped for the titles being revealed.
Potential For New PS5 And Duelsense Colour Schemes In The Future - 20th July
In the Duelsense controller preview, Geoff Keighley spoke to Playstation's marketing boss Eric Lempel.
Keighley asked Lempel if there was any chance there would be alternative colour schemes for the PS5 and Duelsense controller.
Lempel responded stating it's something they would talk about but their focus is on the PS5's release for now.
Although there was no confirmation, Lempel's response suggests the potential for alternative colours is on Sony's radar.
No More 12-Month Xbox Live Subscriptions - 19th July
Microsoft has confirmed they will no longer be selling year-long Xbox live plans in an article by TrueAchievements.
""At this time, Xbox has decided to remove the 12 months Xbox Live Gold SKU from the Microsoft online Store."
No exact reason was given behind this sudden change, so we will have to wait and see what this means for the future of Xbox.
New Halo Infinite Teaser - 18th July
In the days leading up to the massive Xbox Series X event, which will be the first time we get any news regarding Halo Infinite.
The official Xbox Twitter account has tweeted out a GIF which teases the pending announcement on the 23rd.
Geoff Knightley Releases 'Hands-On' PlayStation 5 Controller Video - 17th July
The DuelSense PlayStation 5 controller was finally given a 'review and play' video by Geoff Knightley today.
It gave PlayStation fans a chance to see the controller in action and receive some first impressions.
Geoff is seen testing the controller on the free game to come with the PS5, Astro's Playroom.
You can check out the video below:
Astro's Playroom Comes Free With PlayStation 5 - 17th July
The PlayStation 5 will come with a free game pre-installed onto the system.
Astro's Playroom will come free with the PS5 and is designed to help players get accustomed to the DuelSense controller.
Astro's Playroom is a platformer based in the Astro Bot Rescue Mission PS VR Game.
A free game is always a good strategy to entice people to buy your console.
Closer Look At PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller - 16th July
Game's Journalist Geoff Knightly took to Twitter on behalf of Playstation and revealed the closest look at the PS5 controller so far.
Although the video is short we get a good look at the new controller design.
It looks very similar to the PS4 controller, just bigger and a lot sleeker.
We do not get a view of the back of the controller in the video.
However, with the PS5 set to release in the holiday season, more information is sure to be on its way.
Check out the video below:
Xbox Games Showcase Will Only Show Games - 16th July
There will be no console news from the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase.
Aaron Greenberg, Xbox's Marketing boss, took to Twitter to manage fans expectations for the event.
He revealed the event will strictly focus on games and will not show any hardware updates.
Although this is disappointing for some, the event's focus on upcoming games hopefully means Microsft have some special titles to reveal.
They have always fallen short in the exclusive games category to PlayStation.
This event is a great opportunity to reveal some exciting exclusives.
Potential New PS5 Design Leak - 14th July
A post to ResetEra from user BarrBarr shows an advertising poster revealing a new PS5 design.
The image shows the new edition of PS5 in the colours black and red.
Sony hasn't confirmed if this edition of the console is real.
It is possible that the image is fake but it's possible its an accidental leak.
Check out the black and red edition below.
Courtesy of ResetEra / BarrBarr
PS5 Pre-Order Price Could Be Revealed Today - 13th July
Two prominent PS5 predictors have stated the pre-orders could begin today.
However, there is no evidence to suggest this happening beyond their word.
Both have been accurate in their predictions of PS5 news and events in the past.
As of yet, Sony has not confirmed when the PS5 will be available to pre-order, so all we can do is wait.
Valhalla Release Date Confirms PS5 and Series X Release Date? - 12th July
Yesterday, a leaked Instagram post revealed the release date of the new Assassin's Creed title; which has triggered a flurry of speculation from fans.
With Cyberpunk 2077 releasing just two days prior to Valhalla, this could allude to the release of the Series X and the PS5.
Two of the biggest titles of 2020 releasing within 48 hours does not seem like a minor coincidence after all.
GodFall Cover Art - 11th July
Earlier in the week, Sony showcased the box art for all games coming to the PS5. Now, the upcoming title GodFall has gone ahead and released their box art!
Check it out below.
Halo Infinite's Xbox Series X Debut Will Only Show Gameplay From The Campaign - 10th July
One of the most anticipated games of the Xbox Series Showcase is Halo Infinite.
It has been revealed that only gameplay of the campaign will be shown at the Xbox Games Showcase.
This is certainly disappointing for players that are fans of Halo's multiplayer and co-op.
However, with so much time spent waiting for Halo Infinite, fans will be excited to see any form of gameplay.
The PS5 Box Art For Horizon II And Spider-Man Has Been Revealed - 9th July
The box art for both upcoming titles has recently been revealed, check it out:
Microsoft Advises Third-Party Publishers To Offer Free Upgrade To Xbox Series X- 8th July
Microsoft has advised third-party publishers to offer a free game upgrade to Xbox Series X.
The company does not want publishers selling an upgrade as DLC.
Ultimately, the publishers are in control of whether upgrades will be sold.
However, Microsft's statement on the matter will no doubt influence the decision of publishers.
PS5 State Of Play Event Date Rumours - 7th July
Rumours care to circulate that the next PlayStation of State of Play event could take place in August.
This is another opportunity for Sony to reveal more first and third-party exclusives.
These upcoming events for Microsoft and Sony will ultimately determine which console comes out on top.
Epic Games Claims Next-Gen Consoles Will Have Movie Quality Visuals - 6th July
In an interview with Offical PlayStation Magazine, Epic Games chief technology officer Kim Libreri claims new Unreal Engine 5 will deliver 'movie quality' visuals on next-gen consoles.
This has only added to the hype for the graphical potential of the next-gen consoles.
It will be interesting to see how realistic the next-gen graphics will be and how games will get the full potential out of the new consoles.
Xbox Games Showcase Announced - 6th July
The Xbox Games Showcase has been given an official announcement with dates and times.
The event will take place on the 23rd July at 9am PT/5pm BST.
PS5 Price On A Marketing Survey - 5th July
According to the post these are the following prices:
- Standard PS5: £349 - $435 USD
- Digital Only PS5: £259 - $323 USD
PS5 VS Xbox Series X Size - 4th July
Check out the size comparison of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X thanks to an estimate by notebookcheck.
From what we can tell, it appears the PS5 is massive compared to any other console.
Xbox Series X Release Date Was Delayed - July 3rd
According to a new report on Thurrot, the Xbox Series X was set to release in August, however, it was delayed to a later release this year.
This meant we could have had our hands on the next-gen console by next month if there were no delays.
Although this is disappointing, the Microsoft showcase is this month which should show us some gameplay on the new console.
Next-Gen Video Game Games Prices Could Rise - July 2nd
Publisher 2K has revealed the PS4 and Xbox One version of NBA 2K21 will cost £59.99.
However, the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will cost £64.99.
This is an interesting development and could be a projection of an overall price increase for next-gen console video games.
This may cause some controversy with buyers as price increases are rare in the gaming industry.