PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: How the new consoles compare and which you should buy

The PlayStation 5 (Image: PA)

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This month, gamers around the world have been treated to not just one, but two new flagship consoles.

The Xbox Series X went on sale last week, while the PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in the UK this week.

With such close launch dates, you may be struggling to decide which gaming console you should buy.

The consoles have several features in common including 16GB memory, 8 core processors and 4K resolution.

However, there are several key differences to note, including design, price and games available.

Here’s how the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X compare, to help you decide which new console to buy.

Release date

The Xbox Series X went on sale in the UK on 10th November.

And while the PlayStation 5 went on sale in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on November 12, British fans have only been able to get their hands on the PS5 from today.

Xbox Series X
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The Xbox Series X retails for £449 in the US, while the digital Xbox Series S is on sale for £349.

Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 is every so slightly more expensive, priced at £449.99, and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition at £349.99.


The Xbox Series X has a fairly basic black, rectangular design that many initially compared to a mini fridge.

It measures 15.1cm x 15.1 cm x 30.1cm, and weighs 4.4kg

The PlayStation 5 is slightly bigger and heavier, measuring around 38.8cm x 8xm x 26cm, and weighing 4.5kg.

In terms of design, the PS5 has divided opinions, thanks to its predominantly white design with an inner black section.

There are two versions of the console – the PS5 Digital Edition, which retails at £349.99, and the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, which is available for £449.99
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Key features


The PlayStation 5 features an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, while the Xbox Series X has a Custom Zen 2 Cpu with 8 cores at 3.8GHz.


The PlayStation 5 has a 16GB GDDR6 memory interface with 448GB/s memory bandwidth. The Xbox Series X also has a 16GB GDDR6 memory interface, but slightly higher memory bandwidth of 10 GB @ 560 GB/s and 6 GB @ 336 GB/s.


The PlayStation 5 has 825GB internal storage, while the Xbox Series X has 1TB.


Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have 4K UHD Blu-ray drives and True 4K gaming resolution.

Sound capabilities

The Xbox Series X has Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, while the PlayStation 5 has its own take on Dolby Atmos, dubbed 3D Tempest Audio.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S went on sale on November 10
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In terms of games, PlayStation 5 has several exciting exclusive titles including:

Astro’s Playroom



Demon’s Souls

Destruction AllStars

GhostWire: Tokyo


Goodbye Volcano High

Gran Turismo 7

Horizon Forbidden West

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Project Athia

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart


Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Spider-Man: Miles Morales


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That’s not to say that the Xbox Series X doesn’t have some great titles too! Exclusive and first-party games include:

Halo Infinite (launching 2021)


State of Decay 3

Forza Motorsport



As Dusk Falls

Psychonauts 2

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2

Tetris Effect: Connected

The Gunk

The Medium

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide


Senna’s Saga: Hellblade II


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