PS5 v Xbox Series X: Which should you buy?

The next-generation of console wars is about to begin...

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If you are a lover of the latest technology and video games, you have probably been scouring the web for as many details as you can possibly find about both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5- the two next-generation consoles that are likely to have gamers battling it out over which gaming system is the best all over again.

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The release date for both is fast approaching, with the Xbox Series X releasing November 10th, and the PlayStation 5 hitting shelves November 19th.

If you are one of those who cannot decide between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, here are some details about both that may help you make up your mind.

PS5 v Xbox Series X price

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Microsoft has now revealed that the Xbox Series X will cost £449 at launch ($499 for you readers in the USA). Interestingly, there are plans available that will allow you to have, not only the new console but Gamespass, which will soon include EA Play, at a monthly cost. If the idea of not forking out nearly £500 in one go appeals, then you will be able to play next-gen for £28.99 a month.

Game and Smyths Toys will be the ones to go to for this deal here in the UK while in America, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Microsoft Store and Walmart will be your port of call. As with all credit plans, this will be subject to eligibility.

Xbox does also have the smaller, digital-only, budget version of the console, the Xbox Series S hitting shelves on the same day too which costs £249. Both will be available for preorder on September 22nd with a release date of November 10th.

PlayStation 5 has matched the Xbox when it comes to the main console at a £449.99 price, but its digital-only version will cost significantly more coming in at £349.99. Both PlayStation consoles will release on the same day too, November 19th in the Uk- or November 12th in certain parts of the world.

PS5 v Xbox Series X Specs

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For all you technically minded people out there, here are the specifications of the upcoming PlayStation 5:

CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
External storage: USB HDD support
Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

And here is what we know about what the Xbox Series X has to offer:

CPU: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Die Size: 360.45 mm2
Process: 7nm Enhanced
Memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
Memory Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVME SSD
Expandable Storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External Storage: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

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PS5 v Xbox Series X Design

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The PlayStation 5 has a sleek design with the new console looking just as much at home sitting upright than it did with consoles of the past – something that helps with the space that they can take up. The white colour addition is a new and welcome change and the blades on either side of the console will allow it to stay cool and remain much quieter than the noise that the PlayStation 4 was known for making. It looks the part for a next-generation console and will look sleek as part of any home entertainment set up.

The Xbox Series X has opted for a design that really represents that the power behind the console. It has changed the style from previous versions and does resemble a PC tower now, albeit one that is much smaller, but the simplicity of it really is something to be commended and it too will look great next to your TV.

Both consoles also support 4K Blu-rays which was a strange and controversial omission from the last PlayStation console (Microsoft included this from the launch of the One S) although it was prone to errors, which is something we hope they have rectified now.

PS5 v Xbox Series X Games

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Here’s where things get interesting. The PlayStation, without question, leads the way when it comes to exclusive games and it has done for years. There really is no comparison as the quality of the titles, and the amount of them, far outweighs that of Microsoft. And that looks set to continue with the PlayStation 5 already having new exclusive titles ready to go; including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Check out our list of the all the games coming out on the PS5.

But while the PlayStation does have PlayStation Now as a subscription service to play a wealth of games, Microsoft is leading the way here with Gamespass, soon to be merged with EA Play (formerly EA Access) at no extra cost, giving gamers access to a staggering amount of games. And while Xbox is trailing with exclusives, it does add them to Gamespass as soon as they are available which is a massive saving for fans of popular titles such as Gears, Halo and Forza.

That could be about to change though following Microsoft purchasing Bethesda, and the recent rumours that they may be looking to get their hands on Sega. If they do make a lot of these games exclusives, that would certainly level the playing field- games like Fallout being exclusive to the Xbox would be huge. For what is confirmed so far, here is our list of all the Xbox Series games due for release.

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Should I buy the PS5 or the Xbox Series X?

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Both consoles are powerful, fast, and look incredible when played on a 4K HDR-ready TV and there are certainly arguments to be made for both. If you want a console that will give you tons of exclusive games that are normally critically acclaimed, then the PlayStation is for you. But if you’re looking to play something that can give you access to countless, continually updated games and the chance to play exclusives at a reasonable monthly cost, you may want to cast your eye in Xbox’s direction.

Other than it looking as though the Playstation 5 will be a bit quicker than the Xbox One X and will likely leave you spending slightly less time staring at loading screens, the two consoles are fairly evenly matched when it comes to the technical aspects. The choice is yours, but either will be a worthy investment and games will never have looked better on either.

Can you pre-order the PS5 or the Xbox One X yet?

You can, or rather you could. As expected, pre-orders for both consoles went extremely quickly but more are expected to be released soon on the run up to the release date- and of course, with Christmas right around the corner. But here are some games you can pre-order for the next-generation consoles now.

Assassins’ Creed Valhalla on the PS5 £51.99 on Amazon
Far Cry 6 on the PS5 £59.99 on Amazon 
The Falconeer on Xbox Series X £34.99 on Amazon
Watch Dogs Legion on Xbox Series X £57.99 on Game

Or, if all this talk of next-generation consoles has you thinking about buying one of the current ones:

  • Glacier White PS4 Pro 1tb with Destiny 2 and expansion pass bundle £334.99 at Game 
  • Xbox One S White 1tb with a 1-month games pass and 14 days Xbox Live gold membership £249.99 on Game 
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