New XBOX Series X and PS5 Refuel the Console Wars

Courtesy of CNN

Courtesy of CNN

Adam Mateja, Staff Writer

Two new consoles will hit stores in November, and with their release comes an important decision to make, Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) or Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. These new consoles are refueling the console wars between Xbox and PlayStation fans. Both are top of the line gaming systems with a lot to offer, but how are they different and what can you expect from the two?

The price tag of a console is a major factor for which console they will buy. The PS5 is confirmed to be priced at a $499.99 for the disc version, whereas the all-digital version is going to be $100 less. By comparison, the PS4 Pro, the most powerful version of the PS4, released at a price of $399.99. The PS5 (digital version) is priced the same as the PS4 Pro but provides more CPU power and faster storage.

Fortunately, or unfortunately for some, the price of the Series X is the same as the PS5, standing at $499.99. Like the PS5, the Series X has a less powerful sibling, the Series S, which is set to have a price of $299.99. The Series X and S are both powerhouses, but the Series X is bulkier and larger than the Series S, but it does provide more power.

There is little difference in pricing, but there are many other factors that determine the value of a console, such as CPU power, graphics, and storage. Both consoles come with an 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor; however, the Series X has a terabyte (1000 GB) of SSD storage, whereas the PS5 only contains 825 GB, and the Series S has 512 GB.

Another difference between the two consoles is in their graphics power.  The PS5 has 10.3 teraflops

of graphics power, whereas the Series X has 12 and the Series S has 4. The difference doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s noticeable. Even though the consoles have different graphics power, they will be able to support up to 120 frames per second and resolutions of 8K.

Another influence on a potential buyer would be what games would be exclusively available on one console versus the other. Xbox exclusives that would be available at launch include “Halo Infinite,” “Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II,” “Fable 4,” “Forza Motorsport 8” and “State of Decay 3.” Whereas the exclusives for PS5 are “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” and “Horizon: Forbidden West.”

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have their pros and cons, but there isn’t a significant difference between the two that the average gamer could tell. If the console specifications don’t matter much, go for the one that best suits your needs.