The release announcement of the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X brought hype to gamers across the world. Not only they are head to head in releasing on the same day but they also share the same price.

They, however, have striking differences. Tentative players have to consider what makes them different.

Here are the main things to chew over that would help in making the decision:

Backward compatibility

Both consoles offer backward compatibility feature, in which they support titles available on previous generation consoles. The difference between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X is how far they could support those titles.

For PlayStation 5, it supports several but not all PlayStation 4 titles. Xbox Series X, meanwhile, can play several games from every Xbox generation down to the first-ever Xbox.

Processing power

The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have similar processing capabilities, but the latter does it better.

The next-gen Xbox’s processor can run faster at 3.8GHz compared to the PS5’s 3.5GHz. The processing power doesn’t impact the gaming experience, however.

Internal storage

The Xbox Series X has more advantage with an internal storage of 1TB, with the PS5 having a lower storage capacity of 825GB.

While the latter comes short with storage, it supports cloud via PlayStation Now where people can play games directly from Sony’s servers.


The latest Xbox gamepad does not veer away too far from its previous design. Though it has extra touches, such as the Share button, it retains the early Xbox One’s wireless controller’s shape and feel.

On the other hand, PlayStation’s new gamepad goes quite extraterrestrial with its build and design. It comes with new techie features, such as adaptive triggers and precise haptic feedback that brings contextual vibrations, enhancing the overall game experience.


The most significant factor would be the library of games these consoles will host. In particular, the Xbox Series X falls short in offering first-party exclusives.

For the PlayStation 5, it does offer few exclusives, both new and old. Some of these exclusive titles include Astro’s Playroom, Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Stray, among others.

In summary, the Xbox Series X checks out for bringing better performance on paper and having roomier internal storage. The PlayStation 5 appeals for its immersive controller and existing exclusive titles. Considering all these factors, it all boils down to your gaming preference.


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