Just last week, Sony finally unveiled the pricing for their PS5 and we as consumers, finally have information on both next generation consoles which should make our decision making process a breeze right? But quite the opposite in fact. Both PS5 (Disc Version) and Xbox Series X are going at $499 USD ($679SGD) while the diskless PS5 and the lesser power variant Xbox Series S will be going for $399($540SGD) and $299USD($405SGD) respectively. This article will act as a guide to help you understand and identify between both consoles so you can have a better decision making process going into the next generation of gaming.
Let’s do a break down of each consoles
$729 / $599 SGD
CPU: AMD 8core/16Threads with Variable Frenquency up to 3.5GHz
CPU: AMD 8core @ 3.8GHz
CPU: AMD 8core @ 3.6GHz
825GB Custom SSD with option of external storage at 5.5GB/s Raw read speed
1TB Custom NVME SSD with option of Seagate Expansion Card @2.4GB/s Raw and 4.8GB/s Compressed
512GB Custom NVME SSD with option of Seagate Expansion Card @2.4GB/s Raw and 4.8GB/s Compressed
From $4.49 - $8.90/month
Xbox Console Game Pass:
Same as Xbox Series X
- God Of War: Ragnarok
Xbox & PC
Same as Xbox Series X
4K 120Hz via HDMI 2.1
4K 120Hz via HDMI 2.1
HDMI 2.1 with support up to 1440p
First and foremost, which is the stronger performing console? Well, we can definitely say for sure the Xbox Series S is the weakest console, but the market Series S is targeting are largely different from the 2 flagships. Series S is targeted at those who do not own a 4k TV or those who plays on their smaller monitors or those who wish to save a buck. So we can safely remove Series S this all comparison.
Now looking at PS5 vs the Series X, they are generally on the similar ballpark in terms of performance and will be able to play all the next gen games well, but if i have to choose, my money will go to the Series X. Series X has a larger graphics TFLOPS count, which is a semi-reliable indicator since both platforms are using custom RDNA-2 chips from AMD. The CPU clock speed from the PS5 is also variable, which means that the chip will not perform at marketed speed at all times while the Xbox promises a constant higher clock speed. This would results in a better CPU performance from Series X. What all these translate to in real life is generally a smoother gameplay experience on the Series X while playing the same game
PERFORMANCE: XBOX SERIES X
Both PS5 and Series X|S comes with next gen SSDs (Solid State Drives), which will significantly improves loading speed between games and applications. Both platforms claims to have “custom” drives to go even further than what PC can deliver (that is until Nvidia’s recent 30series announcements). But based on what was announced by the 2 gaming giants, Sony’s custom SSD is able to load assets at a higher bandwidth and they even claims to be able to load in assets in the game and on the go, effectively eliminating loading screens and unnecessary long routes during gameplay. It will be interesting to see if PS5 can pull this off. This is also a claim that the Xbox did not try to contest.
Another thing to note is that Xbox’s expansion storage are proprietary whereas PS5 allows you to purchase from any retailer, as long as the SSD speed is fast enough.
Both consoles offer subscription services with a largely different offerings. Sony’s Playstation Plus subscriptions is needed to play online, additional benefits of subscription is that you will have exclusive discounts to digital games bought from Playstation store and also a free game every month (usually games that was released awhile back). For PS5 owners who has the Playstation Plus subscription will have access to Playstation Plus Collections, which includes some of the biggest PS4 titles ever to hit the shelf. This was meant to give new PS5 owners a head start in the number of playable games. The subscriptions ranges from $8.90 for a month, $21.90 for 3 months and $53.90 for 12 month.
Microsoft, on the other hand, offers the Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions in 3 tiers: Console, PC or Ultimate with ultimate having the benefits of both Console and PC tier. Xbox Game Pass allows you to install and play any of the games that are on the game pass for as you as you are subscribed (think Netflix, but for games). Games that are available to play include all Xbox exclusives, some older classics like Age of Empire II. It is even announced recently that EA play (EA’s very own version of Xbox Game Pass) will also be on Xbox Game Pass, which means you can play all EA games on your console/PC as long as you are subscribed to Xbox Game Pass! Subscription are $14.90 per month for Console and $19.90 for Ultimate Version
Clearly, the better value is the Xbox Game Pass, with a very huge library of game to play from, especially since EA joining the fray. Sure, the monthly subscription is pricier than Playstation Plus, but the benefits are higher and there is no commitment to bind you to stay subscribed if you do not wish to play any of those game anymore. Just resub whenever you have the feel to play!
*There is also a rumour of a 2 year contract available with Xbox, which gives you the console for free and 2 years worth of Xbox game pass for a monthly payment. This sounds like the best deal out there.
SUBSCRIPTION: XBOX GAME PASS
Arguably the most important aspect when choosing which console to buy: the exclusive games that are only available on that platform. If history is any indication of what to come, Spiderman: Miles Morales and God of War Ragnarok could be the only two reason needed to convince everyone to buy a PS5. On the other hand, Xbox has unveiled plenty of interesting game that are coming in the future which could hopefully compete with the legacy that was created from the PS4 era. Halo Infinite is the biggest from team green and their reveal was pretty lacklustre. As of writing, PS5 seems to have the upper-hand in terms of exclusives, but time will tell whether the exclusive live up to their respective hype.
With all that being said above, choosing a console this generation is quite a tough call. Both consoles have their own sets of pros and cons and neither is a clear cut winner. To help with you decision making process, I’ve came up with a few scenario that you guys will be in and these are my personal recommendation:
– are playing from your room on your PC monitor, get Series S or just subscribe to Xbox Game Pass
– always short on games to play, get Xbox Series X/S with game pass
– want to play the coolest game title, PS5 will have more during launch.
– have a 4K 120Hz monitor, do not get the Series S
– looking for the best Value, get the PS5 with disc or Xbox Series S with subscription
– are undecided, stay that way and do not pre-order. Wait for reviews before deciding
– are loaded with cash, just get both
– are low on monthly income, go for the 2 year console + game pass contract from xbox
– want to play most of both console games, get a PC
With all that being said, this is a great time to be a gamer, with next-gen console coming soon as well as Nvidia’s latest 30 series graphic card, it’s a bright future ahead despite the gloomy real world situation.