Consoling the Competition: New Gaming Consoles


Markus Cutler, Writer

The Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X are this year’s console to have, and with the release date set separately in November, we now have more information on the consoles. Both new consoles will deliver up to 8K resolutions, high frame rates, powerful processors and speedy SSDs. But if the PS4 and Xbox One are anything to go by, the two consoles may not be all that similar beyond that. Which of the two systems will be a superior gaming machine — and which of them will offer the better library?

With each bit of new information we learn about the consoles, we’re getting closer to answering those questions. Thanks to a detailed blog post from Microsoft (creators of the Xbox.) and a comprehensive live stream from Sony (creators of the Playstation.) We can compare the systems’ specs and see how they measure up to each other. The PS5 games showcase in June, as well as the Xbox Series X games, showcase in July give us a good idea of what to expect from first-party studios, and a growing list of third-party titles will be available on both platforms.

We also know prices and release dates for both systems. The Xbox Series X will debut on November 10 for $500, while the PS5 will debut on November 12, also for $500. Both consoles will also have cheaper versions available: the $400 PS5 Digital Edition, and the $300 Xbox Series S, respectively. While we can’t say anything definitively until the consoles come out, there’s a lot that we can learn from the information we have so far. 

Both Systems have incredible games with some old games making a massive comeback. Halo:Infinite is the reboot to 343 Industries smash hit, and they’re making it partially open world so that you can explore previous missions. That’s not to say Playstation isn’t doing anything special, with Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales being hyped up after the release of it’s Game of the Year predecessor, Marvel’s Spider-man.

Those shouldn’t sell you on this year’s consoles though. The Xbox Series X comes equipped with an eight-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, alongside 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. It features a GPU clocked at 1172MHz leaving the console with 6 teraflops of graphical computing power.

All things considered, what does the public have to say about the new consoles?

A company surveyed more than 3,000 fans of MCM Comic Con, a large sci-fi and fantasy convention that (usually) takes place in London every year, and asked them which next-gen console they were most excited about.

The answer was PS5 by an overwhelming majority: 84%, as opposed to 15% for the Xbox Series X. That’s a ratio of nearly 6:1. It appears that fans — or at least British fans — have spoken.