Console War 2020

Now that both of Microsoft’s and Sony’s new consoles have been revealed, complete with price and release dates, it’s time to lay it all out there and predict our winner of this year’s console war. We will be putting each console version side-by-side and look at the price difference, performance, game catalog, and services. Since each console has 2 versions, a traditional one and a digital one, we will be pairing them with each other. Let’s get started.

Specs

Playstation 5 vs. Xbox Series X

Playstation 5Xbox Series X
Price$500$500
CPUAMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores @ 3.5GHzAMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores @ 3.8GHz
GPU10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz12.15 TFLOPs, 52 CUs @ 1.825GHz
RAM16GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth448 GB/s560 GB/s
Visual Capability4k up to 120fps, HDR4k up to 120fps, HDR
Storage825GB SSD1TB SSD
Disk Drive4k UHD Blu-ray4k UHD Blu-ray
Release DateNovember 12November 10

In terms of power capabilities, Xbox Series X takes the victory by a narrow margin. However, with Xbox’s lack of large, first-party exclusives, it will be rare to see the full power of the Series X utilized. For the same price point, it’s impressive that Microsoft was able to put together a better console all-around.

PS5 Digital Edition vs. Xbox Series S

PS5 Digital EditionXbox Series S
Price$400$300
CPUAMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores @ 3.5GHzAMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores @ 3.6GHz
GPU10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz4 TFLOPs, 20 CUs @ 1.565GHz
RAM16GB GDDR610GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth448 GB/s224 GB/s
Visual Capability4k up to 120fps, HDR1440p up to 120fps
Storage825GB SSD512GB SSD
Disk Driven/an/a
Release DateNovember 12November 10

With the PS5 Digital Edition priced at $100 more than the Series S, it’s a clear cut winner in terms of power and graphic fidelity. To be honest, paying $100 more to be able to play in 4k, have more internal storage, and almost double the power is a bargain. Personally, with no other factors involved, the PS5 Digital Edition would be my choice.

Exclusive Games

That we know of so far:

Playstation 5Xbox Series X/S
God of War: RagnarokHalo Infinite
Spider-Man: Miles MoralesForza Motorsport
Demon’s SoulsFable
Horizon Forbidden WestState of Decay 3
Death LoopHello Neighbor 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Gran Turismo 7

It’s no secret that Playstation blew Xbox out of the water in terms of console exclusives these last 7 years and Playstation looks to continue the trend. With confirmed games like God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man, and Horizon Forbidden West, it would be extremely difficult for Xbox to put out a steady stream of competition even if Halo Infinite is successful. Not to mention the other Playstion exclusives that they haven’t announced that will surely make it’s way to the PS5 eventually (Uncharted, Last of Us, Silent Hill).

Services

Playstation 5Xbox Series X/S
During the most recent Playstation 5 event, Sony announced something called the Playstation Plus Collection. It comes at no additional cost if you are a PS Plus member and it is available at launch. It includes games such as:
-God of War
-The Last of Us: Remastered
-Uncharted 4
-Fallout 4
-Battlefield 1
-Batman: Arkham Knight
-Mortal Combat X
-Resident Evil: Biohazard

There’s more to that list but those are the big hitters, so far. It’s unclear if Sony plans on adding to this list or if this is just a one time thing so you have games to play on the PS5 when it launches. Anyway, I still expect there to be 2 free games every month for PS Plus members.
If you read one of my previous articles about Xbox and their new consoles, you would’ve also seen that they made a little upgrade to their fan-favorite Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Along with a list of over 100 titles provided by Xbox, they will throw in EA Play for no additional cost.

For $15 a month, you will have access to almost 200 titles. That’s a pretty good deal even if don’t play a fraction of those titles.
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/playstation-plus-collection-game-list-ps-ps5-6300https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass/games

It would be pretty hard for Playstation to compete with the bargain that is Xbox’s Game Pass. The Playstion Plus Collection is a nice little gift especially if there is a title on there that you never got around to playing. Like I mentioned in my Xbox-centered blog, Game Pass Ultimate is the best bang for your buck deal on the video game market.

Conclusion

I’m having a lot of fun with these tables so I’m going to create one more. I thought of few scenarios that will help with making your decision if you want to only choose one.

ScenarioConsole you should getWhy
The boys are getting the PS5Playstation 5 or PS5 Digital EditionYou don’t want to leave the boys behind, do you?
The boys are getting the Xbox Series X/SXbox Series X/SGotta stick with the boys.
You are a casual gamer that plays all sorts of games and don’t own a 4k TVXbox Series SCoupled with Game Pass, this console is perfect for someone that just wants to play games without breaking the bank
You enjoy narrative driven games that look and play greatPS5 Digital EditionPlaystation’s exclusive lineup is unmatched.
You are a collector of physical copies and bundlesXbox Series X or Playstation 5If you are religious about buying the physical copy of games, you’re going to have to buy the higher end consoles.
Your name is Justin DiSantoPS5 Digital EditionI know what’s best for you.
Personally, I have chosen the PS5 Digital Edition for myself.

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