We are in 2020, folks. In other words, it hasn’t been the best year at all. However, it’s the year where both the Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5 will be released and the next generation of consoles will finally arrive.
Throughout the past few months, we’ve received lots of info regarding the two consoles and that they both have two versions. One for physical media and the other exclusively for digital. Both have their pros and cons but which one gives you the best value at launch.
That’s what we are here to discuss: from what we know of both consoles, which one might start off better right at the start? Let’s begin.
Specs & Tech of the PS5 and Xbox Series
What we mostly know about the consoles are the specs between the two and we’ve come to know about them all this year. Fascinatingly, the Xbox Series X seems to have the current upper hand in terms of tech which is quite surprising since it usually was the other way around.
For the first time in a while, the Xbox seems to have the upper hand in graphical capability. However, the Playstation seems to be more varied in terms of hard drives and USB’s. Storage is growing to be much more important in the advent of games growing larger and larger.
The USB’s are also a thing that could easily change throughout the course of the generation so nothing is set in stone in terms of USB advantages in the long term. But we are talking about the consoles launch periods. Right now, from a technical standpoint, the Series X seems to have the advantage. Wether that will stick that way in the long run remains to be seen.
Both the Series and PS5 have Digital Only versions. While the PS5 has 825GB around both versions, the Xbox Series S has a noticeably smaller storage from 1 TB to 512GB’s. Yikes, that’s quite the smaller size and the replacement hard drives are not cheap either ($200). The Series X seems like the default way to go, but we’ll get to that later.
Both consoles have quite a bit to offer at launch, but there are a few differences in how they give said content.
The Series also has full backwards compatibility with all Xbox One games and all the Xbox 360 and Xbox titles that were backwards compatible with the Xbox One. The PS5 also has backwards compatibility with the PS4 (except for 10 games) but not with any of the other Playstation’s.
Both have programs in place to give out games. In Sony’s case, it’s the Playstation Plus Collection. In Microsoft’s case, it’s Xbox GamePass. It’s pretty safe to say that Xbox has the edge here. While Playstation Plus Collection is a good value, GamePass offers far more for a lower cost.
However, the Playstation 5 does seem to have the better game line-up come launch. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is quite the title to come out this holiday. Wether or not it’s other titles can win over the GamePass value is up to the consumer.
Pricing-wise, they are both pretty reasonably priced. The surprise, however, came with Xbox with it’s $299 price tag with the Xbox Series S. That was a shocking reveal because who expected that generous a price? Especially for a next gen console?
This makes the Xbox more attractive an option because it’s much cheaper then expected. Now couple that with something like GamePass which is only $25 at launch and…wow. While the Playstation Plus Collection is a good value, GamePass gives you so much more. Now, the hard drive is much smaller but apparently they’ll have smaller installation times. How that will work, we have yet to know.
So what’s better? Xbox or Playstation?
Both seem have pretty solid launches, but ultimately it comes down to what you’re looking for. If you want exclusive content, the Playstation is the safer bet. However, if you’re looking for value, the Xbox gives you that with GamePass and the Series S price. It all depends to what you want out of a console.
Here is a more in depth chart showcasing the technical aspects of both systems. What do you guys think? Which one looks more appealing to you? Or are you not yet impressed by either system? Whatever it may be, let us know in the comments.