New consoles to be released before the end of 2020: PS5 and Series X

We take a look at the new systems coming out this fall. Photo credit: Sony and Microsoft, edited by Tim Speier 

Written by contributing writer: Todd Fowler

With the year coming to a close end in three months, as far as entertainment/escapism, it looks like the video game industry is stepping in to make the last months of the year a little less bleak. Microsoft will be releasing the Xbox Series X and X Box Series S on Nov. 10 and Sony will be releasing the PS5 on Nov. 12. The anticipation for both consoles have been paramount hasn’t been surprising considering that the consoles will be bringing in the new video game generation.


At the PS5 showcase event in the middle of September, more information about the PS5 was revealed. The console will have two versions, a digital version for $399 and an ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive version for $499. Games for the console will include Astro’s Playground, FIFA 21, Devil May Cry 5, Cyberpunk 2077, and Spiderman: Miles Morales.

PS5 Specs:

Internal Storage of 825 GB SSD(Fewer than Xbox Series X)

Memory Bandwidth of 448 GB/s

Optical Drive is 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

GPU is 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 Cus at 2.23 Ghz( Offering Backwards Compatibility for PS4 Games)

Xbox Series X and X Box Series S

Around two months earlier in July, The Xbox Series X(Black) and Series S(White) had their own showcase. At the event is was revealed that there will be two versions of the console. The Xbox Series X, which will have the traditional disc drive (4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray) at $499 and The X Box Series S, which will be completely digital and cost $299. Games for both versions of the console will include Gear Tactics, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Forza Horizon 4, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and Halo: infinite.

Xbox Series X Specs:

Internal Storage is 1TB Custom NVME SSD

Memory Bandwidth of 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s

Optical Drive is 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

GPU is 12 TFLOPS, 52 Cus @1.825 Ghz Custom RDNA 2 GPU

X Box Series S Specs:

Internal Storage is 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME Card

Expandable Storage is 1TB Expansion Card

GPU Power is 4 TFLOPS

GPU is AMD RDNA 2 GPU , 20 Cus @ 1.565GHZ

Both consoles offer specifications that will enhance the gaming experiences of buyers of the consoles. The consoles will have internal storage for downloading physical/digital games, game updates, and game saves. When it comes to the internal storage, it seems that the X Box Series will have more to offer with having a storage of 1 terabytes, while the PS5 will have 825 gigabytes.

In the Memory bandwidth bracket, the X Box Series again takes the mantle with having 336GB/s to 560GB/s compared to the PS5 having 448GB/s. This means that the X Box Series will have a better video card to produce higher state graphics for games.

When it comes to the optical drive, both consoles are tied with having 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive. The optical drive is simply the computer system that allows the device to use CDs, Blu-Rays, DVD, and Game Discs.

In the realm of backwards compatibility (playing games from past consoles), The Xbox Series once again takes the charge with being able to play games from past Microsoft consoles, X Box One, X Box 360, and the original X Box. With the PS5, only games from the PS4 will be playable.

With The X Box Series and PS5, it seems that the X Box Series have just a bit more specifications than the PS5 that will enhance the gaming experience. But one surely when both systems launch, they will offer entertainment/escapism to people buying them.

This article was updated on Oct. 14 at 2:55 p.m. for grammatical changes.

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