Written by Lucas Hede (Features Writer)
Brand new consoles are OUT! The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X are now available for purchase if you can find them in stock. They both support 4k and 8k TVs alike with 60 fps, both having custom graphics cards and 16 gigabytes of memory. Both also feature Ryzen’s brand new Series 5 CPUs and both have versions with and without the disk drive. Also, both have interesting new designs, in fact, some people joke that the PS5 looks like a wifi router and the Xbox looks like a fridge. While both have a lot in common they have lots of different features that you get to choose from when deciding which to buy.
The Xbox Series X can support up to 120 fps on 4k gaming and 8k TVs. It also supports 12 Teraflops of processing power which helps a lot with load times and keeping the games running fast. The Xbox offers a game pass for just $10 a month which gives you access to hundreds of games such as Destiny 2, The Halo Masterchief Collection, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Madden 20, Need for Speed Heat, Battlefield V, The Sims 4, the Five Nights at Freddy’s series, and many more. The new Xbox also comes with many accessories such as a redesigned controller with a much smoother look that is wireless and can work for other devices such as the Xbox One, Windows 10, and Android with IOS support coming soon. The Xbox Series X is described as “the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever” and has lots of cool stuff built within it such as smart delivery. With this new system “you can buy a supported game once and always have the best available version for whatever console you play on”, so you only have to buy a game once.
On the other hand, the Playstation 5 supports 4k gaming TVs with up to 120 fps. It uses the power of a custom CPU, GPU, and a custom ultra-fast SSD. It is also compatible with 8k displays with HDMI 2.1. The PS5 also has raytracing, which you can “Immerse yourself in worlds with a new level of realism as rays of light are individually simulated, creating true-to-life shadows and reflections in supported PS5 games.” The PS5 supports backward compatibility which means you can play your PS4 games on the PS5. The new Playstation also has lots of exclusive games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. They also have lots of new games like Godfall, Demon’s Souls, FIFA 21, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Overall these new consoles look like a great addition to the gaming community and should help people game at smoother frame rates for less money than on computers with both of these coming in at just under 500$.