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PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: An early look at the next-gen consoles

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We are truly at the cusp of next generation consoles as both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are scheduled to be dropped just in time for holidays in 2020.

Details about the PlayStation 5 were first leaked in April and was confirmed last October 2019. It’s been revealed that the PlayStation 5 will feature a new controller with a new haptic feedback system and adaptive triggers.

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PS5 render by LetsGoDigital

These improvements made on the controller will surely provide gamers a more immersive gameplay experience.

Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X, which was formerly called Project Scarlett, was recently announced at the 2019 Game Awards ceremony.

The official image of the Xbox Series X was also revealed in this trailer and the Xbox Series X comes in a Jet Black colourway. We’re pretty sure a White colourway will also be revealed any time soon.

So, how do they differ from each other? As of now? They’re pretty much the same.

 PlayStation 5Xbox Series X
ProcessorAMD Zen 2 CPUAMD Zen 2 CPU
GPUGPU from AMD NaviGPU from AMD Navi
StorageSolid state drive (SSD)
Capacity still unknown
Solid state drive (SSD)
Capacity still unknown
Max Output Resolution8K8K
Max Refresh Rate120Hz120Hz
Backwards CompatibilityPS4 gamesXbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games
Audio3D AudioUnknown
DimensionsUnknownUnknown
WeightUnknownUnknown
ColorsUnknownBlack
PriceUnknownUnknown
Release DateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020

Processor-wise, they are both using an AMD Zen 2 CPU. The statement is also true for their GPU as they are both using an AMD Navi-based GPU.

Both next gen consoles will also be using a solid state drive (SSD) which should tremendously help speed up loading times especially for the PlayStation. Both consoles will also have a maximum output resolution of 8K and a max refresh rate of 120Hz.

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I guess their main difference for now is their backwards compatibility feature. The PlayStation 5 can only play PlayStation 4 games, while the Xbox Series X has the ability to run old Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. This is huge news, especially if you were able to keep your old video games.

In terms of playable games at launch, only the Xbox Series X has a confirmed game list. The first game is Halo Infinite, and it is said that this would be the launch title for the new console. Along with Halo is Senua’s Sage: Hellblade 2 — although there’s no confirmed release date yet.

We’re still about a year away before the next generation consoles arrive and we’re excited already. Hopefully, both Sony and Microsoft will release more details about their upcoming projects.

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