A new console generation is among us. We are currently at the beginning of the 9th generation of consoles with the recent release of the Xbox Series X/S and PS5. With any new console release comes the question of which one to buy.

Many factors come into purchasing a console, but here are the top 5 points you should look at compared between the Series X and PS5 to help you decide what to buy.

Price

The Xbox Series X and PS5 both cost $500. You can buy a digital edition of the PS5, which is the PS5 without the disc drive, for $400. Microsoft also offers a second console, the Xbox Series S. The Series S is less powerful than the Series X, but the Series S is also the cheapest next-generation console you can buy at $300.

Both the mainline consoles cost the same. The diskless PS5 costs cheaper, while the Series S is for those looking to get into next-gen gaming on a smaller budget. To know more about the new consoles and understand the difference in detail, read the latest news for gamers on GameLuster.com.

Specs

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both feature strong hardware. The PS5 has an 8-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU, a 10.3 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM, and an 825 GB custom SSD storage.

The Xbox Series X has an 8-core, 3.8 GHz AMD Zen 2 CPU, a 12.0 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 16 GB GDDR6 RAM, and a 1 TB custom NVMe SSD storage.

On a raw power basis, the Series X is slightly more powerful, but the PS5 has a faster custom SSD unit for faster load times in games.

Games

Both consoles do not have too many new games to play at launch, but differences can be seen. The PS5 has the Demon’s Souls remake, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Astro’s Playroom as console exclusives.

The Series X/S, meanwhile, does not have any exclusives at launch. They instead have a list of optimized games for the Series X/S like Gears of War 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Backward compatibility is available in both consoles. You can only play most PS4 games on the PS5, while all Xbox One and some Xbox 360 and original Xbox games can be played on the Series X/S.

Controller

The Series X/S’s controller is nearly identical to that of the Xbox One, which is not necessarily a bad thing as the Xbox controller is considered the gold standard for controllers. The only difference is that the Series X/S controller has a new share button in the middle, an improved D-pad, and textured grips and shoulder buttons.

Meanwhile, the PS5 controller is a complete redesign from the PS4 controller with a brand-new two-tone color scheme. The controller also has the much talked about haptic feedback where the controller vibrates and reacts to actions in the game.

Online Services

The PS5 has PSN, which allows you to play games online, while PS Plus is an upgrade where you can get two free games every month and have exclusive discounts on games. You can also opt to get the PS Plus collection, which gives you access to a selection of games from the PS4 to play on the PS5.

The Series X/S has Xbox Live, which allows you to play games online, get two free games every month, and get exclusive discounts on games. You can also pay for Game Pass, where you get access to over 100 full games, including the entire collection of EA Play.

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