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The Next-gen Console Lineup: PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

by sam

Sony matches Microsoft with a price of $499 for the next-gen console

The previous generation gaming consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were both released 7 years ago in November 2013. After a 7 year wait, the next-gen lineup is finally announced and will be here by November 2020.

No surprises, the next-gen consoles will be vastly superior to their previous counterparts. The PlayStation 5, for example, will run at 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (Variable Frequency) compared to the PlayStation 4’s 2.1GHz 8-Core AMD Jaguar.

PlayStation and Xbox Variations

Sony seem to have taken advancement into ushering a digital format gaming ecosystem – For $399 you will be able to purchase a full digital version of the gaming console. All purchases will be made on Sony’s platform, while others who still prefer to go back to classic and use discs will have to go for the $499 version PlayStation 5 console.

As for Xbox, they seem to have taken inspiration from Nintendo’s notebook. Similar to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite counterpart, Xbox is doing the same. While the Xbox Series X is priced similarly at $499, consumers can opt for a “lite” option for $299.

SpecificationsXbox Series XXbox Series SPlayStation 5PlayStation 5 (Digital)
Performance Target8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT Enabled)8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT Enabled)8x Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)8x Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)
Performance TargetAMD RDNA 2 GPU 52 CUs @ 1.825GHzAMD RDNA 2 GPU 20 CUs @ 1.565GHzAMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)AMD RDNA 2 GPU 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Performance Target16GB GDDR6 RAM10GB GDDR6 RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM
Performance TargetTarget 4K @ 60 FPS. Up to 8K. Up to 120 FPSTarget 1440p @ 60 FPS. Up to 120 FPSTarget TBD. Up to 8K. Up to 120 FPSTarget TBD. Up to 8K. Up to 120 FPS
Disc Drive4k UDH Blu-rayNone4k UDH Blu-rayNone
Price$499$299$499$399
Release Date10th November 202010th November 202012th November 202012th November 2020
Specifications for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5

Expectations

As of yet, there is no gameplay footage for the Xbox Series X. However, the gameplay footage for Xbox Series S has been released and it looks promising as ever. On the side of the PlayStation 5, many game trailer announcements have been rolling out over the year.

Both consoles will feature backward compatibility, consumers will be able to play the previous generation-game on the new console with upscaled graphics. Sony has also announced several big titles that will be available on launch such as Assasin Creed: Valhalla, GodFall, and a new Spider-man mainline game.

As it has always been, it looks like the Sony IP (Intellectual Property) is gaining more attention over Microsoft’s. The previous generation PS4 outsold its contemporary Xbox One by more than a fold, it will be curious to see if Xbox Series X has more up its sleeves.

Both consoles will be available worldwide on November 2020.


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