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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
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.
|PS5||Xbox Series X|
|Price||$499/£449 ($399/£359 without disc drive)||$499/£449|
|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||308 mm2||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 (Available without)||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||Microsoft Cloud Gaming|
|Subscription Services||PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now||Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass|
|Backwards Compatibility||PS4 games, PSVR||Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One - including accessories|
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
|Bluetooth||Yes||Yes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)|
|Quick Resume||Ability to jump into specific modes||Yes - Support multiple games at once|
|Smart Delivery||Free Upgrades For Many PS4 Titles||Yes|
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Monitors: What are the options?
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.
READ MORE: Best Gaming Monitors for PS5 right now
PS5 vs Xbox Series X TVs: Which is better for TV gaming?
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?
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.
READ MORE: Best Xbox Series X Headsets 2020
READ MORE: Best PS5 Headsets 2020
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Controllers: Who wins?
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?
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!