PS5 V Xbox Series X: Which one to get?

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Written by danny

November 15, 2020

The two biggest consoles are on the market and with Christmas, around the corner, you might want to treat yourself. But which one do you get? 

Anticipating the release of these consoles earlier this year, Microsoft announced their line up on September 9th and Sony followed shortly after on the September 16th. Both announcing the release date during November (as you read this they’ve probably both been released) with the Xbox Series X already out and the PS5 will shortly follow on November 19th in the UK. If you’re in other parts of the world then it’s probably already available to you.

So after months of anticipation what will you go for? Which one is better? So at Global Innovation Magazine, we’ve listed the specs, costs and some games below to help your decision. Will you continue with your allegiance and stick to the console you’ve always bought, or will you be like me and think it’s time for a change and switch your allegiance to the other side? 


Which has the best hardware? 

At the glance both are near identical there is not a lot of difference between the consoles.


Xbox Series X

CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)

CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU

GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)

GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU

Memory: 16GB GDDR6/265-bit

Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus

Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s

Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s

Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD

Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD

I/O Throughput: 5.5GB/a (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)

I/O Throughput: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)

Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot

Expandable Storage: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)

External Storage: USB HDD Support

External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support 

Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive


Xbox seems to have some better specs, but Sony claim theirs are better optimised. It might seem like the PS5 has less storage than the Xbox but how much of the 1TB by Xbox is used by its internal processor? Regardless, if the storage is not enough for either storage there is support for additional external storage anyway. 

Both consoles have decided to offer cheaper alternatives with Microsoft launching the Xbox Series S, an all-digital model and Sony is releasing the PS5 Digital Edition. Both providing an option for dropping the disc drive, providing a smaller version of the console considering that both consoles are almost like mantle pieces. That is the only difference on the PS5 model, however, the Series S is slightly less powerful than its counterpart. 

So overall just on specs alone, it would seem like the Xbox Series X is the better option than the PS5. However the PS5 Digital Edition v the Series S, the PS5 wins. 


Which console has the best games



The line ups for both consoles clearly give PS5 the wins here! PS5 has at least 2 must-haves with Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon Souls as well as other games such as LittleBigPlanet and Godfall. Wheres the Series X has no launch exclusives, except exclusives that have already been released. We would have anticipated the release of Halo Infinite, for it not for COVID causing delays until 2021. 



Backwards compatibility

Only the Series X has the compatibility here for being able to play games all the way back to the original Xbox. Whereas Sony rumoured that games with be compatible all the way back to the original Playstation so far only some games on PS4 will be backwards compatible on the PS5. 


The important question, price! 

So we’ve gone through the specs and the exclusive title released for both consoles. And by now you’ve probably already made your mind up if not the only thing left to help you decide which one to get is the price points! 

Both the PS5 and the Series X will retail for £449.99. However, Microsoft is offering a finance option of £28.99 per month for 24 months with 0% APR after which the console is yours. 

The PS5 DE is £359 and the Series S is £249.99. Again Microsoft gives you a financing option of £20.99 per month for 24 months.

So just on that alone, I think Microsoft wins, if it’s the price you’re basing your purchase on. However whichever console you go for you better start looking now for the stock, as most places are low or out. Unless you can wait for the Christmas period to be over and get a re-stock.

Personally, I think I’ll opt for the PS5 the main reason for me is I think it personally looks better, a lot of my friends are on PS so I often can’t play with friends online. And because I’ve had an Xbox since the 360 and before that the original Playstation. So honestly I just fancy a change and want to play the Spider-Man games. 

Which console will you go for? Let us know in the comments section which one you’ll get, which one is better and why! 


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