PS5 and Xbox Series X: Which console is for you?


It’s safe to say that 2020 has been quite a year for technology when talking about the new 5G devices that have arrived and the new next-gen consoles that are now the current-gen consoles because they are now available: in particular, the PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, even though both devices are out most people probably don’t have their hands on them for one main reason: they’re not very easy to purchase. The new current-gen consoles have constantly been getting sold out on every website in seconds and this has caused many fans (mainly the PS5 fans) to complain at both companies to restock. GamesRadar + says “Xbox Series X stock has been enormously difficult to find so far”. The reasoning for this is because of how well both of these next-gen consoles can perform. 

Their main new features are how crazy fast the load times to start up a game are and that both devices could now run at 4k while at the same time manage a stable 120 FPS motion. This new technology makes gaming buttery smooth while running at a super high resolution. The PS5’s controller is also what a lot of people want because they have a new technology system for their triggers called “Adaptive Triggers”. The Adaptive Triggers give a resistance that changes based on what game you are playing and what you are using the triggers for. For example in the new Call of Duty Cold War video game, different weapons have a different sensitive resistance to mimic the trigger feeling. When it comes to the Xbox, there is no difference in the controller besides a new share button.

The biggest reason why you should want to purchase the Xbox Series X is because of how consumer-friendly it is. It offers an amazing subscription plan called Game Pass which offers a ton of free amazing games to play. Xbox Game Pass is also now about to add Disney+ to their subscription which makes the plan even better. The subscription costs $9.99 a month and offers over 100 free games.

How do they each stack up? While both consoles can run at both 4K and 120 FPS, the Xbox Series X overall does have the advantages on the spec list, however, this shouldn’t be the reason why you want to buy one over the other. While the Xbox does have advantages when it comes to its specs, the spec advantage is so minor that visually your eye won’t really see a difference. New games are, however, an advantage for the PS5, which has plenty of new ones, exclusive to it.

Tom’s Guide recently said, “I think 2021 will truly be the year of the next-generation PlayStation. That’s because the minuscule library of PS5 exclusives is set to grow.”  Some of Sony’s most popular exclusives are the Uncharted series, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Little Big Planet, God of War, Infamous, Ghost of Tshumia, the Last of Us, and so much more. Now when it comes to the Xbox’s exclusives they really are known for 3, the HALO series, the Forza series, and the Gears of War series. All of those exclusives are amazing video game series that most people enjoy a lot, however, there really is no comparison to Playstation’s. 

A common issue with many users is their inability to check the specs of their monitor or TV, which could cause issues with connecting the next generation console. If the TV or monitor does not run at 120 hertz (Hz) and 4k, then do not get the next-gen consoles, as you would be better off with the previous generation models. It is also important to check that the TV or monitor is an HDMI 2.1 device because those can run at 4K and 120 FPS.

Both next-gen consoles offer 2 different versions with different prices. For the PS5 you can either get the digital edition which is the exact same as the PS5 standard edition except it doesn’t include a disk drive and costs you $100 less which I think is the best deal for the PS5 because most people don’t use discs anymore. The PS5 Digital Edition costs $399.99 while the PS5 Standard Edition costs $499.99. When looking at the Xbox’s next-gen consoles, the 2nd version is called the Xbox Series S which is not only digital but also instead of having 1 TB of SSD storage it only has 512 GB of SSD storage which is nearly half the amount of 1 TB. The Series S also won’t support 4k at 120 FPS, but only 1440p at 120 FPS. So you will still get that ultra smoothness however the resolution will be lower. The upside to the Series S thought is that instead of being $100 cheaper than the standard edition, the Xbox Series S costs $200 less than the $499.99 Xbox Series X, starting at $299.99.

Our Comparison


Market Availability Currently out of stock on Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and B&H Photo’s Currently out of stock on Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and B&H Photo’s
Key Features 120 FPS and 4K

Quick Load Times

120 FPS and 4K

Quick Resume

Storage 825GB Internal SSD for Storage 1TB Internal SSD for Storage
Performance 120 FPS and 4K

10.28 Teraflops

GPU: RDNA 2, 2,304 Cores

120 FPS and 4K

12 Teraflops

GPU: RDNA 2, 3,328 Cores

Compatible with which monitors HDMI 2.1 TV’s and Monitors to get the best experience HDMI 2.1 TV’s and Monitors to get the best experience
Price $499 $499
Exclusive games Most Popular

Demon’s Souls

Little Big Planet Series

Spider-Man Series

Infamous Series

Uncharted Series

God of War Series

Ratchet and Clank Series

Horizon Series


Gran Turismo Series

Most Popular

Halo Series

Quantum Break

Sunset Overdrive

Forza Series

Sea of Thieves

Gears of War Series


State of Decay Series