4 Reasons the Xbox Series X is Better Than the PS5

You’d have to live under a rock to keep from knowing about the eternal console wars. Every person who games has their preferred console – even if they own both. Having the PS4 and Xbox One, the PS4 has always been my console of choice. However, this upcoming generation is looking to change my allegiances.

4 Reasons the Xbox Series X is Better Than the PS5 Cover

Some might say it’s a bit early to start throwing stones or picking sides. However, there’s been enough information released on both consoles to draw a pretty clear picture of both contenders. Just from what we know so far, the Xbox Series X is looking to be a strong, if not better overall console than the Playstation 5. 

Yeah, yeah, I know. “You’re crazy,” you are saying. “There’s no way you could possibly know what console is better this far out. We’re still months away from their release.” Perhaps, but I have history on my side. 

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Reason 1: Historical Evidence

You see, every console generation has flip-flopped the dominion of power. And this time around, it is Xbox’s turn. But let’s go back and look at the fluctuation of leadership. First, it was the Playstation 2. To this day it remains the bestselling console. The Xbox was a debut machine that impressed with its hardware and some first party titles such as Halo. However, it was the PS2 that remained the champ of this generation by far. Sorry, Sega Dreamcast fans.

In 2005, the Xbox 360 released to worldwide acceptance. The bulky, hot PS3 was quirky, and while its hardware was impressive, it simply couldn’t match the reputation of the 360. It didn’t help that the PS3 garnished a reputation to be hard to work with for developers. With Xbox Live in full force and its community thriving, the Xbox 360 will be the console remembered as the king of the 7th generation of consoles.

Good old days

Good old days

Enter 2013: Microsoft, high off its throne of power, decides to market the Xbox One as something completely different. Not just a gaming console, but an entertainment center. Fears of “always on”, untradeable used games, and the lack of focus on what people actually wanted – a new gaming console – put a bad taste in the mouth of those loyal to team green. Gamers didn’t need much of an excuse to swap their Xbox 360’s out for a Playstation 4. The Xbox One was left to backpedal and re-align their business model, but it was too late. The damage had been done, and the PS4 is the current console of the cool kids.

Ladies and gentlemen, the defending champ

Ladies and gentlemen, the defending champ

I’m sure you might be seeing a pattern here. Sure, Sony may have learned from the past and kept their hubris in check for this next generation. They may play it safe and listen to their customer base over what is important to their fans. However, Microsoft is going to be pulling out all the stops for this next chance at taking back the crown. They haven’t been sitting back and nursing their wounds for seven years while Sony has eaten their cake. History has a habit of repeating itself, and Sony may have gotten a bit too big for its britches. I predict a resurgence for the underdog this time around.

Reason 2: It’s More Powerful

Alright, buckle up your brain cells because things are about to get technical around here. The Xbox Series X is more powerful than the Playstation 5. Computational power is measured in TFLOPS. Well, technically, it’s measured in FLOPS and a TFLOP is a trillion FLOPS. It’s calculated by the speed of the processor multiplied by its total amount of shaders and the instructions per clock. For those who are starting to nod out of boredom, a bigger number means more power. More power is better.

Power to spare

Power to spare

Just how much more powerful is the Series X than the PS5? Well, about 15%. The Xbox Series X cranks out 12 TFLOPS of power as opposed to the 10.3 TFLOPS in the Playstation 5. This might not seem like a large number, but it could make a noticeable difference. It means the Series X would be able to output the full 120 frames per second it’s capable of verses only 102 for the PS5 in an equal gaming test. It might mean it only has to downscale to 1440p in some games instead of 1080p which are too demanding for 4k. Or it could mean faster multitasking and response time when navigating the menu or streaming games. It’s not like we’re talking about single digits here; 15% more power is something to consider when purchasing a new console.

Keeping things cool

Keeping things cool

“But the PS5 has a special solid-state drive to completely eliminate loading times!” This is also true, but the Series X comes with an SSD too, and it’s bigger. Want to guess by how much? A little over 15%. Which translates to nearly 200 GB of data. That could be the difference between you being able to download the next Call of Duty or having to delete a game out of your library.

Reason 3: It Looks Better (Barely)

Sorry folks, but we don’t have a middle ground when it comes to console variations in the cosmetic department this year. Purely choosing by style, you can either have the mini-fridge, or the big white vase-looking thing. Both are admittedly a bit cringey. However, I can see myself cringing less every time I walk into my living room and see a box that could be mistaken for a stereo receiver or sub-woofer than something I stole from the fine arts museum. The Xbox will definitely age better and be more versatile in living spaces than the PS5. Ironically, the only space the PS5 might look comfortable in is, well… space. The ISS is finally going to have a system that matches its décor.

Boxy but simple

Boxy but simple

Mechanically, the Xbox also looks to be better suited to eliminate heat produced by its powerful hardware. Airflow likes open spaces to flow through, something the Series X has plenty of. The PS5, however, is awkwardly shaped and the venting doesn’t look as prominent. More trapped heat means more noise for the fans to blow it out. Also, let’s be real folks: the PS5 is huge. Some of us are going to have reinforce our entertainment centers for this monster. It’s big, tacky, noisy, and full of hot air (OK, that part I don’t know for sure), so the Xbox shamefully takes the win for better aesthetics.

Can't tell if this is a console or skyscraper

Can’t tell if this is a console or skyscraper

Reason 4: The Games

I know what you’re thinking. It’s true that Sony’s titles have been better this generation. However, Microsoft has been acquiring some hefty talent to produce what should be quality content for the future. Obsidian Entertainment, Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory, and more have been gained by Microsoft and are presumably working on Xbox exclusive titles. With Microsoft’s cash behind their work, these developers should be able to come up with some extremely exciting games. I have hope and confidence we will have some amazing Xbox exclusive games coming soon. Besides, there’s tons of awesome third-party titles that will be available on both platforms. 

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. One of the upcoming Xbox Series X exclusives

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. One of the upcoming Xbox Series X exclusives

The bets are in

Things are heating up in the console battle arena. The crowd is cheering, waiting for the two contenders to show. Who will win? The veteran Playstation, happy on its thrown of nearly a decade. Or the returning outcast, back to knock its opponent down. You all know who my bet is in for. What is yours?

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Mrselvs

God of war 5….do I need to say more?

xboxsux

Never buy xbox.

Mel

Websites sure let anyone write a half baked articles from half baked fanboys. Just say hey I want to have different experiences this gen in my gaming world. Than to post a stupid article for a stupid opinion. 1. More power don’t equal better games. Just ask Nintendo 2. Are you really betting Xbox will have better 1st party games? Do you work for Microsoft or was compensated by them? Who has ever brought hardware because of cosmetics or how pretty it is? Lastly history. Are you f’n kidding me. With the world the way it is can we focus… Read more »

r0beh

What a terrible post, it’s more powerful because the TFLOP number is higher… do your research.

“It will sell better” the ps3 was massively overpriced and had a terrible launch and still managed to sell more hardware than the Xbox 360 across the console generation.

Games – name an Xbox console that’s had better exclusives than PlayStation…

I’ll buy both and will love both but this post is well off the mark across the four reasons you gave.

r0beh

So the Ps3 sold more but the 360 was the better console. Software sales were higher on the PS3 as well and it wasn’t plagued with the ridiculous 54.2% failure rate. GPU power doesn’t just come down to TFLOPS, the CU count is misleading as well which every tech journalist highlights. Although the XsX has 52CU they run at 1.825ghz where the 32CUs on PS5 run at 2.23ghz, they’re very different philosophies and nobody knows which will be better. I’m yet to see a developer come out and praise the Xbox hardware, yet Crytek, Eoic, John Carmack and even the… Read more »

Bonner

This is true. Microsoft has been getting everything prepared for the new gen. BC, and smart delivery plans were great. A large library of games day one. Then you get the series s for cheap which will still play xbox one games in 60fps 4k and next gen at 1440p 60k. Then the IP’s coming from all the new first party studios will certainly make this the place to play

kraenk

You disqualified yourself when you mentioned games and design. Devs so far have called the PS5 the way more impressive machine btw, in case you missed it.
Hellblade 2 is still in early development and couldn’t be further from a release title anyway.

Joseph Smoe

1 big reason against xbox is because I can play the games on my PC and play them better. That’s why a PC and a Playstation console is the best combination..

kraenk

True, always been the killer combo.

Jed1

If PC gamers can get Xbox first party exclusives and play then at a much higher quality then it is a no brainer. I myself don’t PC game as I don’t have a good enough rig to support it but I think that would be my combo too.

Akuma

Next gen is already over. No xbox game will be better than The Last of Us 2.

GOTY: The Last of Us 2
GOTY+: The Last of Us 2 PS5 Edition
Best open world: Horizon 2 Forbidden West and Spider-Man

Jed1

“Games alone don’t make the console” you say and yet games is one of the reasons you have used. Also design put down as a reason too, like that has any impact at all on the device. I suppose the logo’s have an impact too do they? You also stated “but I have history on my side”. So how does history support you comments on design, games or even power? You refer to history in just a single point and again that offers 0% evidence of a better console. In fact the only point you make that has any relevance… Read more »

kraenk

It’s not only faith in Sony exclusives (obviously, they have delivered all gen), but the lack of faith in Microsoft exclusives, as they have continuously disappointed in the last 9 years. Even their big brands like Halo, Gears or Forza Motorsport.
The only great games they made in 9 years were the Forza Horizon titles.

Jed1

This is why my console of choice has consistently been Playstation over the years. Some of my most beloved games are from PS (God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Wipeout, The Last Guardian, Shadow of the Colossus…the list goes on). I typically go for a good single player/story driven campaign over multiplayer and my personal opinion is that PS games have delivered far more of those over the years. When i think of such games on the XB brand Halo and Gears are the first that come to mind but I wouldn’t class them as amazing, although i… Read more »

youdiemofoD

Yeah. I’m down with watching the dust settle on this launch for both systems.

Think I’ll get the definitive answer from digital foundry when they let out their post release analysis.

kraenk

The higher clocked hardware is actually the PS5. Please stick to the facts. PS5 has a considerably higher GPU clock.

Its SSD is 120% faster too, btw.

Last edited 12 days ago by kraenk
kraenk

Halo Infinite can be played on X1 and PC too, so why would it be a push for XSX, especially since we know XSX won’t have exclusives for 2 years?

kraenk

DF are paid by MS to promote their consoles, you know that?

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