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Xbox Series X vs PlayStation 5: How the next-gen consoles compare

The pricing of the two consoles has been announced for India. Here's how they compare in terms of price, features and specifications.

Sushant Talwar | October 18, 2020 | Updated 17:49 IST

Highlights

  • Microsoft is all set to launch the Xbox X on November 10.
  • Sony PlayStation 5 has no launch date at the moment.
  • Both will be priced at Rs 49,990 in India.

After a long wait, Sony finally announced the price of its next-gen console in India. Starting ar Rs 39,990 for the Digital Edition and going up to Rs 49,990 for the more powerful regular edition, the PlayStation 5 (PS5) will take on the might of Microsoft who had earlier in the month announced the launch date and price of the Xbox Series X and S in India.

The next-gen consoles from Microsoft are comparatively priced, with the top-of-the-line Xbox Series X priced at Rs 49,990, while the Xbox Series S -- the digital edition console from Xbox -- priced at a much lower Rs 34,990.

Unlike Sony's console, the Xbox Series X and S have been given a November 10 date of launch for India, while Sony still appears to be struggling with import and other logistics rendering it incapable of announcing a launch date for its new console till now.

But even as the launch date for the Sony PS5 remains unavailable, it still makes sense to look at what the regular version brings to the table and how it stacks up against the Xbox Series X.

PS5 vs Xbox X: Design

In terms of the design, there's a lot to think about here. The two consoles follow a very different design approach, and as such could appeal very much to different types of buyers. This is because the Xbox X features a minimalist design that sees the console's powerful hardware clad inside a rectangular "tower" that almost looks like a desktop PC with an illuminated Xbox logo and a disk slot on the front. It is definitely not huge in terms of size at approx 12-inches tall and 6-inches wide. However, it may still be too big and boxy for a lot of users.

On the other hand, the PlayStation 5 has a rather more interesting design which features sleek curves to help make it stand out from not only the Xbox X, but also previous generation PlayStation devices. Its design also sees the return of Sony's signature blue lighting accents which give the console a flashy but futuristic look. However, there's no clarity on just how large or heavy the console from Sony will be.

Of the two, our choice would be the rather minimalistic Xbox X when it comes to the design. However, we can see many buyers being swayed by the flashy design scheme of the PlayStation 5.

PS5 vs Xbox X: Specifications

In terms of the hardware, there not much too choose between the two, however, on the balance of things the Xbox X does emerge as the winner. This is because based purely on the hardware, the Xbox X looks better than the PlayStation 5 as the former comes with a custom octa-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU with a clock speed of 3.8GH that's faster than PS5's AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor which is said to be clocked at 3.5GHz.

However, what's more, important here is that the GPUs on the two show a much bigger difference, with the Xbox X's RDNA 2 GPU capable of churning out 12 teraflops of raw processing power while the AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine on the PlayStation 5 is limited to 10.3 teraflops.

Both flaunt SSDs, with the Xbox X giving users 1TB of storage, while the PlayStation 5 is giving them 825GB. However, from the specifications revealed so far, what we can see is that the data write-and-read speed on PS5 will be higher at 5.5GB per second while the Xbox Series X will bring transfer speeds of 2.4GB per second. This should ideally mean faster load times for games, as well as textures on the PS5, but we'll have to see if the CPU and RAM don't end up being bottlenecks when it comes to this metric.

Xbox X vs PlayStation 5: Up to 8K support

Both console makers have announced that their products will support up to 8K resolutions. However, not all games are expected to get this support initially, and honestly, it won't even matter as most users don't even possess 8K TVs at the moment to take advantage of this technology.

4K at over 60FPS could become mainstream with the new consoles, and it would be interesting to see which of the two consoles handle this better. AT the end of the day, it may end up being all about which console has the better optimised games.

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