When one thinks of console gaming, the names PlayStation and Xbox are always at the top of their mind. And for good reason. Sony and Xbox have been at each other’s throats since the days of the PS1 and Xbox. Both have shared a history of digital war with the other with never a boring moment having transpired between the two giants. If it wasn’t hardware, then it was definitely games that fought to reach exclusivity for either platform.
Now, the latest iterations of both the PlayStation and Xbox have been around for a couple of years and the competition between them has grown ever so spicy. The PlayStation 5 is a hallmark of all that Sony has been trying to implement in their games. Sony even went the extra mile and decided to make the fifth version a visually intimidating, yet brilliant, piece of tech. In response, Xbox decided to make a replica of their Xbox Series X in the form of a fully functional fridge.
Jokes aside, let’s dig into how you can choose between the two consoles if you’re in the market for some next-gen bleeding-edge gaming hardware!
Both consoles have the generous ability to display 4K video on a compatible device. Plus, with recent updates, if you have a TV that can run a 120 Hz refresh rate, then that is also offered by both consoles. Other than this, there’s a wide color gamut equipped natively on both fronts to allow for natural, vivid colors. The PS5, however, goes a step ahead by enabling ray-tracing capabilities if the game can support them. This lets AAA titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassins Creed make use of in-game lighting to woo their players.
In this day and age, games are specially geared towards encouraging multiplayer functionality. This includes making use of the internet to connect online and perform cross-platform gameplay. Of course, you’d want those 8 core CPUs to pump out a good bit of juice. If players have access to AT&T fiber internet availability, that’s an added plus! AT&T’s packages and pricing are tailored to make online games a pleasure to play. If cross-play or battle royales is something you enjoy delving into, then waste no time in tick marking the prerequisite of a worthy internet off your list.
Both consoles are blistering fast and have the latest hardware embedded inside them but what about the visual appeal? Would they sit well with your media wall? Or would they stand out in a grimy, unappealing way? Well, the Xbox has a more subtle, boxy appearance when compared to the PS5. Microsoft made sure to provide a geometric shape to their console with green highlights towards the bottom end.
In most cases, the Xbox Series X can have a comfortable position in any room without making too much visual noise. However, the PS5 has a mammoth presence due to its futuristic look. The console looks like something out of a time machine with its wave-like plates. Might be an issue when having to be placed on top of a console.
As far as specs go, there isn’t a clear winner in this debate. Even on the topic of visuals, both the PS5 and Xbox share unique design aspects that may or may not be a deal breaker for you. Our advice is to do your research on both devices and decide on which one you want according to the three aforementioned points. Good luck!