Fellow gamers, valiant heroes, persistent protagonists – although it got off to a shaky start, 2020’s shaping up for an exciting conclusion for us with the release of the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S. Traditionally, most gamers have a preference – either they are Team Blue (PlayStation) or Team Green (Xbox). But these days, the differences between the two consoles aren’t as stark as they were with the previous models. This has left gamers unsure about which console they should go for this time around.
At RSAWEB, we enable gamers to truly test their gaming skills with fast internet connectivity, and want to help highlight the differences between these two powerhouses.
Let’s start with the price. It seems that both Microsoft and Sony have waved their white flags when it comes to the price of their newest consoles – with neither one adopting a pricing strategy to out-do the competitor. Both consoles will cost you R11999.00 respectively.
However, where Xbox does creep ahead is with their Series S Digital Edition that is currently selling forR6999 – whereas the PS5 Digital Edition is selling for R9999.
When it comes to speed, both consoles are running 16 Gb of RAM and AMD Zen 2’s, although the Xbox’s CPU chip runs at 3.8 GHz while the PlayStation’s runs at 3.5 GHz – which is pretty much the same.
The PS5 does have one advantage, however – it can push through data at 5.5 GB per second, compared to the Xbox which can only send data through at 2.4GB per second. That potentially means slightly faster load times for the PS5, which equated to less time spent on a loading screen.
When It comes to graphics, there isn’t much to nitpick about – both consoles will bring 120FPS toconsole gaming. Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X will run similar graphics cards (GPUs) – the PlayStation has a 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2, and the Xbox a 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2. With up to 8K resolution and faster frame rates than ever before on both consoles – it’s safe to say that graphics won’t be a deciding factor.
The Xbox wins pulls slightly ahead when it comes to internal storage. The Xbox has one terabyte of internal storage compared to PlayStation’s 825 GB. However, the future of console storage is going to be Cloud-based, and both Sony and Microsoft now have cloud gaming solutions called PlayStation Now and Project xCloud respectively. This inevitably means that internal storage will become less and less important going forward.
This is what it really comes down to, doesn’t it? When it comes to aspects like graphics, load times, price, controller shape, and features – it’s all pretty much minor squabbles, small margins, and personal preferences that lead the disagreements. But when it comes to the exclusives, there’s no room for if, buts or maybes – the games speak for themselves. Let’s have a look at the top games each console has exclusivity rights to.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Demon’s Souls
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- God of War: Ragnarök
- Gran Turismo 7
- Horizon Forbidden West
Xbox Series S:
- Halo Infinite
- Fable 4
- Gears 5
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Forza Horizon 4
With very similar price tags, internal schematics and features, we believe that it all comes down to the final portion of this blog posts – the exclusives. And quite frankly, we believe that Sony takes it. Sony are set to take us on a serious nostalgia trip with games like Demon’s Souls and Ratchet & Clank, as well as live up to the hype by releasing sequels to some of their previous model’s top games with Spidermanand God of War.
Xbox isn’t far behind though, with games like Halo Infinite and Fable 4 – but their exclusives didn’t nearly excite us as much the PlayStation’s did.
In our humble opinions, we believe it all comes down to online play – and the one element that makes online play a fun experience is playing with friends. So, with this said, if you don’t really care about the exclusives, console design, storage capacity and price different – go for the console that your friends have so you can make gaming memories that last a lifetime.