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Xbox Series X or PS5? – Who will win this generation’s Console War

Gaming has become more than just a hobby for millions of gamers across the world. There are a lot of games suitable to a variety of tastes along with different platforms to play their favorite games on. Whereas, many may suggest PC to be the superior gaming platform, the inclination towards Console experience is a lot to give it a fair competition.

The two top-of-the-line, next-generation consoles of today’s time are obviously Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5. Made with the cutting-edge technology that the modern era has to offer, both of these consoles are a great alternative to PC gaming. But which console should you buy? How are the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 different from each other? Here comes the age-old ‘Console War’ among these two contenders from Microsoft and Sony. Let us elaborate on this topic so you can get a clear idea.

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Xbox Series X or PS5 – which one is the best console of this generation?

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The argument has prevalence from the earlier days of console gaming. If we just look at a few years back, or in other words, the last generation of Console Gaming, the question was between Xbox One (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2013). It will not be fair to name a clear winner as fans from both sides have different opinions, but the idea of a better ‘preferred’ console might come from the sales figure. Since their launch, Sony had managed to sell about 115 million units of PS4 as of early 2021, whereas, Microsoft managed to sell about 50 million units of Xbox One.

As for the latest generation of Xbox and PlayStation, the Xbox Series X and PS 5, the latter has some lead in the race. Sony has managed to sell nearly 10 million units, whereas Microsoft has figures around the high 6 million. Both of these consoles were released back in the month of November of 2020, so we still need quite a few years to dull down on the competition as per sales goes.

Availability of these Consoles

The recent pandemic has taken a huge toll in every sector of the world, and this includes the technology and hardware market. The low availability of materials, low rate of production, and resellers have ruined the console market by miles. It is still very hard to buy an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5 at MRP rather than paying a double price to console hoarders.

So for this sole reason, it is still too early to name a champion at this point.

Exclusives

One of the biggest selling points of consoles is their exclusive games, which can only be played on certain consoles. Here to name a few of them:

Popular Xbox Series X/S Exclusives:

  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Halo Infinite
  • Gears 5

Popular PlayStation 5 Exclusives:

  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Deathloop
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and more…

As for exclusive titles, PlayStation is still ahead by a lot of points.

Hardware Specifications

AS of the last generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have drastically improved in the field of their technical specifications. To achieve a smoother gameplay experience, higher FPS, and marginally lesser loading times, both these consoles offer some top-of-the-line hardware. Let us look at which console is superior in the sense of technical aspects:

PS5 Technical Specifications:

  • Processor- Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.5GHz with SMT
  • Graphics- Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (10.3 teraflop)
  • Resolution- Up to 8K
  • FPS Support- 120 FPS
  • Storage- SSD (825 GB) PCIe Gen 4 NVMe
  • RAM- 16 GB GDDR6
  • HDMI Port- 1 x HDMI 2.1
  • USB Ports- 4
  • Optical Disc Drive- 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Weight- 4.5kg
  • Ethernet- Gigabit
  • WiFi- Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax

Xbox Series X Technical Specifications:

  • Processor- Custom 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.8GHz
  • Graphics- Custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ 1.825GHz (12.0 teraflop)
  • Resolution- Up to 8K
  • FPS Support- Up to 120 FPS
  • Storage- SSD (1TB) PCie Gen 4 NVME
  • RAM- 16GB GDDR6
  • HDMI Port- HDMI 2.1
  • USB Ports- 3
  • Optical Disc Drive- 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Weight- 4.45 Kg
  • Ethernet- Gigabit
  • WiFi- Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac

As by the specifications, we can clearly see that both of these devices hold a pretty solid and close rating but still Xbox has the edge.

Conclusion

The worldwide sales of the last year and the low availability is the factor that tends us not to judge any clear winners as of now. The spec sheet also shows comparatively similar performance for both. The exclusive games, however, tells a different tale. It is an undeniable fact the PlayStation 5 is currently the leading console of this generation’s console war.

Also Read: Deathloop PC Review- System Requirements, Is the PS5 version better?

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Written by Diptoman Saha

Hi, I am Diptoman Saha, pursuing my content writing career on the side with higher studies. I have been a tech worm and a die-hard gamer for as long as I could remember and helping many with modern electronic queries.

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