If you're after a PS5 or Xbox Series X this year, there's a few things you'll want to factor in when it comes to deciding which console you should go for.
A lot has changed since the two consoles hit the market, so here's our two cents on how we think they stack up against each other right now.
Let's dive in.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Specs
When it comes to specs, both consoles have impressive resumes, so if you're digging deep into the details, take a look at the table below for a full breakdown.
|PS5||Xbox Series X|
|Price||$499/£449 ($399/£359 without disc drive)||$499/£449|
|Controller Features||USB 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
As you can see, things are pretty even here, but it's generally said that Xbox Series X has the edge in terms of sheer power.
From where we're standing, there isn't much difference here.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Price
Again, in the price department, you're looking at similar numbers here.
PS5 Digital comes in at $399, the PS5 Standard Edition comes in at $499, and the Xbox Series X is $499.
Not too much in it, but when it comes to availability, we'd say the Xbox Series X tends to be easier to pin down.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Games
When it comes to games there have been some exciting developments for both Xbox and PS5.
For PS5, there are some exclusives that we'd say are going to be GOTY contenders, such as God of War Ragnorok, but Xbox has one of the most iconic FPS series around, Halo Infinite, heading their way.
PlayStation exclusives, in our opinion, have slowly become the stuff of legends, so we'd say if you want to experience some seriously impressive games in the future, PS5 is the way to go.
That being said as of right now, exclusives are few and far between, and Xbox Series X is more than holding its own with the console.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Controller
Microsoft decided to continue with their classic design, albeit one with a new share button, but fundamentally it's the tried and tested Xbox controller.
The DualSense on the other hand is a bit of a beast and completely redesigned. It's larger for one, which is a big plus on the previous dual shock controller for PS4, but it also features advanced haptic feedback too.
We think the PS5 delivers the goods when it comes to controllers...but what about other peripherals?
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Headset
Both feature long battery life, built-in mics, and easy to use inline volume controls (especially the Xbox headset, so it's again very even.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Storage
Both PS5 and Xbox Series X can work with external HDDs and SSDs to store games, and with select titles play them too.
You can also expand internal memory on both consoles, however, one is more straightforward than the other.
Xbox Series X uses a Seagate Expansion Card, which you just plug into the back of the console.
PS5 requires that you find a compatible internal SSD and install it yourself.
Xbox Series X for sheer ease beats the PS5 in this department, but unless you're really looking to max out your console, we'd say it's not 100% necessary in either case.
Which Console Should You Go For?
It's a tight race between the two with both having their strong points and some very minor inconveniences.
For pure ease of use, the Xbox Series X couldn't be simpler. It's backwards compatible with both games and hardware, gives you a ton of power, and is a bit of a one-stop shop for all your entertainment purposes.
PlayStation is more of a game-led machine and boasts some impressive exclusive titles that you won't want to miss out on, but with that being said, you'll have to wait a while for them to arrive.
This is one case where you could flip a coin and either side is a winner.