There are some spec differences between the two

PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Release, Price and Performance

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PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X

After much speculation that the Xbox would be more expensive, the next-gen consoles were released at the same price after all. (Image credit: Sony/Microsoft)

The next console generation will be launched in November. Both Sony and Microsoft have put their cards on the table and revealed all the information about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Let's venture into a comparison!

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: We look at the two next-gen consoles on paper, give you all the important information and dare a comparison of the hardware specifications.

Video credit: PlayStation via YouTube

PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Release and Price

Both consoles launch in November, but the Xbox Series X is coming nine days earlier in Europe and a couple of days earlier in the US and Japan.

  • Xbox Series X Release: November 10, 2020
  • PlayStation 5 Release: November 19, 2020 (Europe), November 12, 2020 (USA and Japan)

In terms of price, both next-gen consoles present themselves at eye level. Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X cost $499. The slimmed-down Xbox Series S is $299, the disc-less PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $399.

PlayStation 5 price

The PlayStation 5 price points. (Image credit: Sony)

Pre-Order Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5

Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X can be pre-ordered from September 22, 2020 at 9:00 CEST.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 have now started at all major retailers, but the contingent may already be sold out.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X: Hardware Specifications

So the prices are equal. Are there any specification differences then? Quite a few actually.

Xbox Series X

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2 8x core @ 3.8 GHZ
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 12.15 TFLOPs - 52 CUs @ 1,845 MHz
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR6 - 10 GB @ 560 GB/S, 6 GB @ 335 GB/s
  • Storage: 1 TB NVME-SSD
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray
  • Performance: 4K up to 120 FPS

PlayStation 5

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2 8x @ 3.5 Ghz
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 10.28 TFLOPs - 36 CUs @ 2,230 MHz
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR6 @ 448 GB/s
  • Storage: 825GB SSD
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray (regular PS5 only)
  • Performance: 4K up to 120 FPS

If you go purely by the specifications, the Xbox Series X offers a faster CPU and stronger GPU. Also the built-in hard drive is slightly larger and can be expanded thanks to innovative SSD memory cards.

Video credit: Xbox via YouTube

The clocking of the PS5 GPU is higher, the data processing rate of the SSD hard drive faster. In addition, larger SSD hard disks can be installed. We assume that regardless of minor number mismatches, both next-gen consoles will be nearly identical on feel, at least from a technical point of view.

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