Now that the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 are finally here and we know what is inside them, it is time to properly compare them. When doing this, there is a lot to digest. We can however agree that
Sony has won this battle with their exquisite and futuristic PlayStation 5 design. Sony’s CEO, Jim Ryan,
termed the design “something for the 2020s” and “bold and daring”.
The following are the awesome features that give PS5 some foothold compared to the Xbox Series X:
As mentioned above the PS5 design is a definite win. It brings in a 2-tone color design and can either be placed horizontally or vertically. The edges are round and smooth and with many curves, a complete opposite of the Xbox Series X console.
The exterior is white and wraps around a black interior. The Xbox Series X on the other hand has adopted a minimalist charm and will suit people who prefer hardware to
maintain a low profile. Sony went for a risky and sexy design which is already paying off as it has gained a large fan approval.
Game changing controller
About the controller, I prefer the Dual-sense compared to the Xbox Series X game-pad although I cannot tell which will feel better to hold. The positioning of the thumb-sticks on Xbox controllers has never appealed to me. I prefer PlayStation game-pads.
The Xbox Series X game-pad is not a radical departure from the Xbox one like the Dual-sense is compared to the Dual-shock. I like the Xbox Series X game-pad well enough but there’s something to be said about familiarity. It is not as exciting or bold or as new as the Dual-sense.
PlayStation VR’s Total Immersion
Another area PS5 has an advantage over Xbox Series X is in virtual reality. PS5 is fully compatible with
PlayStation VR headset and there may still be a new PSVR headset cooking eventually.
PlayStation VR 2 has been taken on another level by the PS5 as intricate motion control has been added, improved ergonomics, display and many other enhancements. Microsoft however has no plans for Xbox Series X
VR headset. The Xbox One did not have one either so it looks like Microsoft does not really have interest in this technology.
Sony has also announced new accessories including game-pad charging dock and camera, remote control and headset.
One advantage the Xbox Series X however has over the PS5 is its up-scaling of older games making them run at 4k resolutions. It is not yet clear which games will get this privilege but we can safely say that a couple of them will. PS5 on the other hand is using a software to run the PS4 games on PS5. Here though all games are not guaranteed to work equally well as the software is a kind of catch-all