Xbox Series X vs. PS5: Here's What We Know
Neither system will be launching until late 2020, but we do have information trickling in on what we can expect from them. From hardware to games, we compared the Xbox Series X vs. PS5 so you can better judge which system you should buy come launch day.
As yet, we only have bits and pieces of information regarding the performance and internal specifications of the new consoles. Sony is, naturally, calling its console the PS5, while Microsoft 8217;s console will be called Xbox Series X.
The PlayStation 5 will also come with a 4K Blu-ray player, putting it in line with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X this generation, and we know that discs will have a capacity of 100GB 8212; double that of the current generation.
Xbox Series X could have 16GB of RAM. The Xbox One X uses 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and even a small boost to this would likely be sufficient for future games. We also know it will support features like a variable refresh rate, 8220;Variable Rate Shading 8221; technology, and a low-latency mode so you can get better responses out of your games.
This could be just one of two Xbox next-generation consoles, however, with Microsoft apparently also working on a console internally named 8220;Lockhart 8221; with around 4 TFLOPS of power. This system will reportedly not include a disc drive and is aimed at more casual players and those using Project xCloud for streaming.
The Xbox Series X will also be making use of a solid-state drive. It has not confirmed the size, but during its E3 2019 press conference, the company stressed that it would drastically reduce loading times. Given that the Xbox One X comes equipped with a 1TB drive by default, we expect it to be at least that capacity, if not larger.
Only Microsoft has shown the final design for its console, and the Xbox Series X will resemble a PC tower. It is substantially larger than the Xbox One X and Xbox One S systems, but still features a power button and disc drive on the front. The top of the system caves slightly inward and is made entirely of ventilation holes for better airflow. It can also be positioned horizontally to better fit entertainment centers.
Additionally, the battery packed into the controller will sport a higher capacity than its predecessor. This was one of the biggest drawbacks with the DualShock 4 in the current generation.
Microsoft shared its design for the Xbox Series X controller during The Game Awards 2019, and it isn 8217;t drastically different from the Xbox One controller. There is a new share button, which works much like the same button the DualShock 4, as well as an updated directional pad based on the Xbox One Elite 2 controller 8217;s pad. It also features a slightly different form factor.
Unlike the PS4, Sony’s next console will be backward compatible. At this point, we know this will mean it can play PS4 games in addition to its own library of titles, as well as PlayStation VR games. It will also be backward compatible with the PlayStation VR headset supported by the PS4, but this doesn’t mean we won’t also get a new VR headset down the line.
Microsoft confirmed during E3 2019 that Xbox Series X will support every previous generation of Xbox games, similar to how Xbox One does so now. However, it isn 8217;t clear if this means certain games will still be ineligible, as they are now on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
The company is said to be working on a project called 8220;GameCore 8221; that will help streamline the game development process for Microsoft 8217;s gaming consoles and PC platform. It seems the goal here is to make it easier for developers to create games for Microsoft 8217;s consoles that can be more easily brought to, or are even inherently compatible with, Windows PCs.
Microsoft has confirmed that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for Xbox Series X, which is the first time a Halo game has launched with an Xbox since the original system in 2001. This version is being released in addition to the previously-announced Xbox One and PC versions, and the Xbox One version will also be playable on the Xbox Series X.
Senua 8217;s Saga: Hellblade II, will be coming to the Xbox Series X, as well. It was announced during The Game Awards 2019 with an in-engine trailer and will feature the same protagonist as the original game. It is once again developed by Ninja Theory, which is now a first-party Microsoft studio.
The Xbox Series X will not be getting any true generational exclusives for at least its first year, and possible first two years. In an interview with MCV, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said that all games would still be releasing on Xbox One and PC, as well, in order to make them good purchasing decisions for new Xbox players.
Subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus were both necessary for playing the majority of games online back when the Xbox One and PS4 launched in 2013, and we anticipate that this will remain the case with the next-generation of systems. However, because of the increased focus on game streaming, these won’t be the only online services to expect.
On the PlayStation side, we anticipate Sony will further emphasize and flesh out its PlayStation Now service, which allows you to stream games you don’t own, directly to your console. This could be the solution for backward compatibility with PlayStation 3 games, which is not possible on the PS4 otherwise due to the systems’ different architecture. This streaming will not replace traditional game ownership, as the PS5 still supports physical media.
Microsoft is going all-in on game streaming as well, with its Project xCloud service. Though it doesn’t have an official name yet, the game-streaming service will allow you to play games on everything from your Xbox to a mobile phone. The success of Xbox Game Pass should supplement this, providing those who want to download games instead of streaming them with another option. You will also be able to stream games from your own console to a mobile device for free, and all of your purchased games on Xbox systems are eligible.标签：