PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Vs Series S: Which Console Is Better?

What console should you buy?

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We are well into the second year of next-gen console gaming, and the competition between Xbox and PlayStation is showing no signs of slowing down. But which console is the best? This article will compare PS5 vs. Xbox Series X and Series S specs, performance, games, and other factors.

It has been over one year since their launch, and many things have changed. Due to their limited stock, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Series S consoles have been sought out by gamers worldwide. We will look at both consoles to determine the best one for you.

Gaming fans can also check out our other articles on PC gaming compared to console gaming.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: Specs

ConsolePS5Xbox Series XXbox Series S

Price
PS5: £449.99/ $499.99/ €499.99
PS5 DE: £349.99/ $399.99/ €399.99
£449.99 / $499.99/ €499.99£249.99/ $299.99/ €299.99
Key ExclusivesSpider-Man Series, Horizon Series, God of War Series, Gran Turismo SeriesHalo Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade Series, Forza Series, Gears of War seriesHalo Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade Series, Forza Series, Gears of War series
Backward CompatibilityAlmost all PS4 games, including optimized PS4 Pro titlesAll Xbox One games / Select Xbox 360 and original Xbox gamesAll Xbox One games / Select Xbox 360 and original Xbox games
CPU8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 28-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 28-core, 3.6 GHz, AMD Zen 2
GPU10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (Variable Frequency)12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825 GHz4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs at 1.565 GHz
RAM16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6 10 GB GDDR6
Storage825 GB custom SSD1 TB custom NVMe SSD512GB custom NVMe SSD
ResolutionUp to 8KUp to 8K1440p at 60 FPS
Frame RateUp to 120 fpsUp to 120 fpsUp to 120 FPS
Optical Disk Drive4K UHD Blu-ray (Standard PS5 only)4K UHD Blu-rayDigital Only

PS5 vs Xbox Series X vs Series S: Performance

On paper, Xbox Series X is somewhat superior to the PS5 specs, but both are pretty similar in reality. Both consoles can run games with 8K resolution, although most games do not support it.

Even if there are games in the future that can support the resolution, it will not be an actual 8K. Not to mention the performance of the game will take a big hit. So expect to play most games at 4k/60 FPS.

On the other hand, Xbox Series S is less powerful than both consoles and can only run games in 2K resolution at 60 FPS. Given that you can get a next-gen console for $300, it is quite a good deal. Although it would be better to get the PlayStation Digital Edition in that case as it is only a $50 difference.

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PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Games

Exclusive games are what make or break a console, so let’s take a look at what each console has to offer. PlayStation is home to some of the most exclusive games like God of War, Spider-Man, and many more. On the other hand, Xbox releases all its games on both Console and PC.

While it is an excellent strategy to boost game sales further, Xbox’s non-exclusivity hurts its consoles in the long run. However, Microsoft plans to remedy this by offering most of their games through Xbox Game Pass.

Here are some of the best PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S games.

ps5-exclusive-games
Source: r/playstation
  • God of War
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Returnal
  • Demon’s Souls

Note: We are not counting timed exclusives

xbox-exclusive-games
Source: Xbox
  • Halo Infinite
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Gears 5
  • Scorn
  • Fable 4
  • Starfield
  • State of Decay 3

Note: All Xbox games are also available on PC through Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Game Pass vs PS Plus

ps5 vs xbox series x
Source: Sony, Microsoft

Xbox has taken the gaming industry by storm due to the increasing popularity of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Although the company is probably losing a lot of money, they still plan to add more games to the service.

Unfortunately, PS Plus has remained the same as some years ago. However, PlayStation is also planning on releasing a service to compete with Xbox Game Pass directly. The company plans to combine PS Plus and PS Now cloud streaming services.

Speaking of cloud gaming, Xbox still comes out on top as it offers cloud gaming with its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan. Users can also get EA Play for free when getting the standard plan.

Microsoft has also bought Bethesda and Activision Blizzard, some of the best AAA gaming studios. It won’t be long until their games get to Xbox Game Pass.

By the way, you know you can get seven months for Xbox Game Pass for free just by signing up for one month. Users can also get a Game Pass Ultimate subscription for 75 days of Crunchyroll Premium for free.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X/S: Backward Compatibility

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles are backward compatible with the previous generation consoles. Both consoles support a majority of PS4 and Xbox One games, respectively. However, the PS5 does not support any PS3 or PS2 game natively.

The only way to access older generation games on the PS5 is through the PlayStation network or PS Now streaming service. Then there’s the PS5 compatibility issue with some older games that forces players to play some of the games in PS4 mode.

Xbox Series X/S, on the other hand, supports many popular games from the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox console. Xbox is also better at transferring saves and upgrading games from previous generations.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X/S: Controllers & Accessories

ps5-vs-xbox-series-x-controller
Source: Sony, Microsoft

The PS5 certainly has an edge here with their new Dualsense controller. The new controller has haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, a game-changing experience.

Although the latest games only support the features, they are still quite good at increasing game immersion. On the other hand, the Xbox Series X/S controller is different from the previous generation controller.

However, Xbox is still out on top in controller backward compatibility. Users can use all their Xbox One accessories on Xbox Series X/S, including older controllers.

Unfortunately, the PS5 only lets you use a DualShock 4 if you’re playing a PS4 game via backward compatibility. However, in terms of accessories, the upcoming PSVR 2 will let users play VR games on the PS5. It’s a shame that Xbox has no plans regarding VR.

Conclusion

Most users decide which console to buy based on games available on the platform. The PS5 is still home to some of the most anticipated games. However, Xbox is now catching up to PlayStation thanks to Xbox Game Pass.

I would suggest against buying the Xbox Series S, as you might not get the best performance with it two years from now. However, a point can be made with the PS5 Digital Edition as it is the same as the standard one.

In the end, it is up to the player and what kind of games they like to play that fuels the decision of which console is the best for them. Finally, if you plan to buy one of these consoles, the first hurdle would be finding one. We wish you good luck on that front.

Nalin Rawat

Nalin Rawat

Just a big nerd for everything pop culture and geeky. In love with movies, comics, games, and awesome new gadgets. I have been writing about technology and gaming since college.

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