When it comes to choosing the best gaming console, both Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, forthcoming next-gen games consoles from Microsoft and Sony, seem like worthy contenders who are expected to provide impressive gaming experiences than ever before. And not only do they share the same release window by the end of the years, but they are also strikingly similar when it comes to their specs. 

So, in order to help you choose whether you want to be team “Xbox” or team “PlayStation”, here are a few differences between the two upcoming next-generation gaming consoles. 

Specs

Playstation 5

It will be running on a custom-built version of the third generation AMD Ryzen chipset, have 8 cores the new Zen 2 architecture, and Navi graphics. PS5 will also support ray tracing – a performance-intensive lighting technique that has previously been the reserve of expensive high-end PC GPUs, and which we now know that will be "built into the GPU hardware".

As per some of the leaked patents and Sony’s claims, PS% will support a new “gold standard” in immersive, 3D audio, and intense ventilation design. It will also support screen resolutions of up to 8K, work at 120Hz refresh rates resulting in super-smooth movement in games. PS5 will also be using SSD storage, showing off some superb technical prowess. 

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X will also be using the same Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture of the PS5, run content at an 8K resolution, and support 120Hz refresh rates. The Xbox Project Scarlett will be providing DirectX ray-tracing capabilities and have an SSD too. It will also be backwards compatible with the Xbox One’s supporting hardware accessories allowing you to play games that are compatible with its previous versions. 

It will also have a Quick Resume feature, allowing you to resume from where you left off and is rumored to be a disc-less console codenamed Project lockhart. 

Which is more environment-friendly?

The best choice here would be the PS5, which Sony claims is more energy efficient while Series X will be putting out more heat as it will be pulling twice the power of the Xbox One X. 

Games

Halo 6 and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II  will be releasing for Xbox Series X. Also, the fact that it will be backwards compatible with all existing Xbox platforms allows its users to plays games on it which were compatible with previous Xbox consoled. 

As for PS5, while any of its games’ launch titles are yet to be announced, games like Watch Dogs: Legion and Godfall will be available on PS5, which is again backwards compatible. But as of now, all that we know is that it is compatible with PS4’s game library. 
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