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June 17, 2019

PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett: which console will win?

The battle of the consoles is about to erupt once again, as gamers around the globe wait for the new PlayStation and Xbox.

In the UK, the gaming industry is bigger than both music and video combined – so, the battle of the consoles is highly anticipated. But, who will win?



We’ve dived into the two goliaths to find out.

Specifications

Even if you’re a die-hard Xbox or PlayStation fan, you’ll want to know the specs when it comes to these new consoles. How else will you make up your mind when it comes to purchasing one.

While we’re not experts on invertors and RS Components style hardware for computers and consoles, we do know what makes a console. This time around, both are looking quite similar.

PS5 – The new model will run off a custom-built version of the third-gen AMD (News - Alert) Ryzen chipset. It will also feature 8 cores, the new Zen 2 architecture and Navi graphics. Meanwhile, it will also support ray tracing. This is a performance-intensive lighting technique that’s been seen in high-end PC GPUs. It will also feature SSD storage and backward compatibility.

It will also support screen resolution up to 8k, meaning your games will look great even as TVs improve past the increasingly popular 4k. This is all part of the new ‘gold standard’ Sony is trying to achieve, which also adds better 3D audio for those who use headsets.

Xbox Scarlett – Again, the new Microsoft (News - Alert) console will have Zen 2 and Navi architecture, alongside AMD internals.

Already more powerful than the Xbox One, it will support 8K resolutions and 120Hz refresh rates. It also matches the PS5 on ray tracing, SSD storage and virtual RAM (News - Alert). Backwards compatibility also applies here, even with hardware, so you can still use your old pads and headsets.

However, a rumour circling the Xbox Scarlett is there’ll be two complimentary consoles launched. One for more high-end games, and a cheaper alternative that’ll focus on streaming.

Cost

There isn’t an official price set for either console yet. However, based on previous costs, Xbox One launched at around £429 and the PS4 was released with a sale price of £349.99.

Needless to say, the PS4 proved more successful with the price helping it. So, this time around Xbox may lower to a similar price, but there are other aspects of the consoles we don’t know about, which could affect the price.

Game titles

While there’s only one game confirmed, Halo Infinite (News - Alert), for the new Xbox, there are rumours of other games circulating.

These include The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding for PS5, which will launch for the PS4 at the end of 2019, alongside sequels for Spider-Man, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.

In conclusion

It’s hard to determine who will come out on top until the full specs and games list is released. But, given that that Sony came out on top last time, it would be fair to assume that they could do it again – however, if Microsoft lower the price of the new Xbox and if Sony can’t secure a new title release as big as Halo, we could finally see Xbox come out of top.



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