Both of the Sony’s famous PlayStation (PS) series and Microsoft’s popular Xbox series are literally any gamer’s dream possession. Currently, both of the gaming powerhouses launched their latest generation consoles. Along with the high-end devices, the economic versions of both models have been released as well. These include the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition from Sony, and the Xbox Series S from Microsoft.
Since both of these gaming consoles are matched aggressively in almost all departments, it can be quite confusing for the customers to settle for one. In such cases, it is better to have a clear understanding of how both of these gaming consoles go against each other, and which one of them has even the slightest edge in accordance with any factor.
A detailed comparison of these consoles with respect to some common parameters is given below.
The prices of both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S have been declared in India. At present, the price of the PlayStation 5 from Sony is around Rs. 39,990, while the price of the Xbox Series S from Microsoft is priced around Rs. 34,990 in India. Both of these consoles are quite expensive, and the international variants for the PS 5 and the Xbox Series S are priced at 399.99 US Dollars and 299.99 US Dollars respectively.
It is to no one’s surprise that due to the lower price of the Xbox Series S, it has a higher edge over the slightly expensive PS 5 Digital Edition. Of course, there are some limitations in the specifications of the Xbox model over the PlayStation, but that is irrelevant for customers with lower budgets. Hence, in this department, the Xbox Series S has a better edge.
The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition has been designed almost the same as the higher variant PlayStation 5 itself. The only difference is that the Digital Edition lacks a disc drive bay. It has floating panels. Black mid-bay, blue accent streaks, and gives a futuristic look.
On the other hand, the Xbox Series S has retained its look from the previous generation of Xbox consoles, the Xbox One S. in terms of size, the Xbox Series S is a very small and portable console. It has the iconic top black fan grill in it.
Here, there is no clear winner, as the taste in design varies greatly from person to person.
The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition has the same specifications as the PS5. It has an AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor (Octa-Core), and it comes with a 3.5GHz variable speed. It also comes with a 10.3 TFLOPS powered custom GPU with a 2.23 GHz variable frequency. It has an NVMe SSD storage of 825GB and has 16GB GDDR6 RAM. It can also accommodate 120 FPS and 8K resolution.
The Xbox Series S is a toned-down version of the Xbox Series X. The Series S model comes with 4K upscaling and supports a resolution of 1440p. Its processor is an AMD octa-core custom chip with 7nm technology. It can go as high as 3.4 or 3.6GHz with SMT. Graphically, it has a custom GPU and generates 4 TFLOPS on a constant 1.550GHz. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate and is accommodated with a 512GB NVMe SSD disk, along with 10GB GDDR6 RAM.
In this case, it is clear that the Xbox Series S is a device with lower specifications when compared with the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. This is because the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition has the same specs as its high-end version, while the Xbox Series S has reduced its specs as compared to the Series X. Therefore, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition has a clear edge in this department. However, that does not mean that the Xbox Series S is a bad choice at all. In fact, it is an extremely powerful device. However, when compared with the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, it falls short in raw power.
The controllers of both the Xbox Series S and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition are also very evenly matched, despite their complete opposite nature. For instance, the controller of the Xbox Series S is actually very similar to the last generation model. One can even say that the new controller has been a modified version of the old model. The shape and footprint are similar, and the layout is almost the same.
On the other hand, in the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, the controller shape is completely overhauled from the previous generation. Sony has come up with a DualSense technology this year, which has been implemented in this year’s controller. The previous DualShock controller of the PS4 isn’t compatible with the new controller anymore.
In this department, it is even for both the consoles. Many customers prefer controllers inspired by previous generations. At the same time, others also prefer controllers with new designs and layouts.
Games are the most important feature of these gaming consoles. Even though the taste in games depends on the customers, running games are a major factor while buying either of these consoles. The graphics of the games are a major point of bragging. The decision is not an easy one either, with customers divided on this topic, and spending hours before deciding to buy one.
Both the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and the Xbox Series S come with some exclusive gaming titles. For example, the Xbox Series S has games like Tetris Effect: Connected, Gears Tactics, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and so on.
Similarly, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is accompanied by games such as Observer: System Redux, Fortnite, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and so on.
This is a subjective parameter as it depends on the user’s favorite genre of games. However, if someone has a special attachment to any of the famous game series, then it is certain that they will choose the console which supports their favorite game best.
Both the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and the Xbox Series S are affordable gaming powerhouses that are guaranteed to give a memorable gaming experience. Regardless of which one you choose depending upon all your favorable factors, you will not be disappointed in either of them.