PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Which next-gen console comes out on top?

OASIS vs Blur, Ali vs Frazier, Alien vs Predator . . . just a few of the great rivalries that always produce ­stonking entertainment.

Now gaming behemoths Xbox and Play­Station are going head to head once again in the run-up to Christmas, with both poised to release their eagerly awaited next-gen consoles this month.

Here, our Digital Technology & Science ­Editor Sean Keach reviews both to see if the Series X Xbox excites most . . . or if it’s a PS5 out of five.

Xbox Series X

A COMPACT, gorgeous tower of gaming triumph, this is smaller than the PS5 and prettier too.

The real meat is inside, of course, with an eight-core processor and a custom graphics card that handles 12TRILLION operations a second.

This PC-grade gear comfortably delivers 4K visuals at 60 frames a second, with 8K on the horizon.

Slick racer Forza Horizon 4 was jaw-dropping on this, texture-dense and often photorealistic.

Dirt 5 was also stunning, with flawless lighting, but Forza gets bonus points for being set in Britain’s beautiful North.

Games like these use “ray tracing” to map out light, shadow and reflections like never before.

The facts

Out: Tuesday

Price: £449

Storage: 1TB

Visuals: 4K gaming, up to 120FPS

Backwards compatible? Yes

Games to watch: Halo Infinite, Fable, Forza Motorsport (all due out next year)

Other platforms do this but games on the Series X load faster thanks to the nippy 1TB solid-state drive.

This enables “Quick Resume”, letting you hop between games without saving.

I am not wowed by the roster of new games, although Fable and Halo Infinite are coming next year.

But given you’ll have this console for the best part of a decade, don’t be put off by the early gaming drought.

VERDICT: A powerful, good-looking alternative to the PS5, brimming with gaming potential, though probably not a must-buy . . . yet.


PlayStation 5

IF a console’s size determines its worth, this wins hands down. It dwarfs the Series X.

The design isn’t to my liking and I had to rearrange my Ikea cabinet to squeeze it in. But some people love its look, so maybe I’m just getting old.

The PS5 offers high-frame-rate 4K gaming with impressive visuals. I was awestruck by the new Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which brilliantly renders a snowy New York at Christmas.

You can see right across wintry Manhattan in 4K, with detailed textures, realistic weather and endless city traffic.

It also lets the PS5 show off its ray tracing, with detailed reflections in the windows of skyscrapers.

You have to see it to fully appreciate how big a leap this is.

The facts

Out: November 19

Price: £449.99

Storage: 825GB

Visuals: 4K gaming, up to 120FPS

Backwards compatible? Yes

Games to watch: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Astro’s Playroom, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Even better is the DualSense controller, letting you “feel” games through vibrations that match gameplay.

Adjustable tension in the L2 and R2 triggers mimics drawing back an arrow or pulling an elastic cable.

The new Xbox can’t match this level of controller ­immersion – a big win for PlayStation.

The roster of games is better too, with franchise releases such as Resident Evil, ­Horizon, Gran Turismo and Sackboy on the way.

VERDICT: Look past its gargantuan form and you will find this is a console masterpiece, with stunning graphics, a controller that is truly “next generation” and loads of must-have games.

RATING: 4.5/5

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