Heres what we know about Sonys PlayStation 5 and Microsofts Xbox Series X game consoles so far – CNBC

Sony unveiled its highly-anticipated PlayStation 5 (PS5) console Thursday. It’s going to compete straight in opposition to Microsoft‘s upcoming Xbox Sequence X when each recreation consoles launch later this 12 months.

Sony and Microsoft have been competing within the recreation console market since Microsoft entered the scene in 2001 — lengthy after the primary PlayStation was launched in 1994. The final main launch from each corporations got here in 2013, with the launch of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Whereas each consoles have been up to date with some enhancements since then, that is the subsequent generational step for each corporations. 

Someday earlier than the vacations, the brand new Xbox Sequence X and the PS5 will launch. And, because of Sony’s presentation on Thursday night — which lastly confirmed us what the PS5 seems like and a number of other video games — we’re beginning to be taught much more about what we are able to count on.

This is what we all know to date about Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Sequence X.

Specs and design

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Sequence X console.


Microsoft says its Xbox Sequence X shall be 4 instances as highly effective as its predecessor, the Xbox One X, supporting 8K decision and a body fee of 120 frames per second (FPS) — although you may solely have the ability to make the most of this larger high quality video when you have an 8K-ready TV, and so they do not come low cost. The PS5 will even have 8K functionality and might run 4K graphics at 120 FPS. This implies sharper, smoother graphics.

The Xbox Sequence X seems kind of like a black pc tower. It is easy. The PS5 is the other. Sony opted for a extra futuristic fashion, with two white wings on both aspect of a black block wedged in the course of the console.

Each consoles include solid-state drives (SSDs) which is able to help you boot up video games a lot faster. Sony mentioned it would launch a model of the PS5 known as the “Digital Version” for individuals who favor to obtain video games as an alternative of shopping for discs. You may simply wish to ensure you have a quick web connection for those who decide this mannequin, since video games are going to be actually massive and can take a very long time to obtain (hours or days) on a sluggish connection.


The Xbox Elite Wi-fi Controller Sequence 2 is unveiled through the Microsoft Corp. Xbox occasion forward of the E3 Digital Leisure Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

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It might sound minor, however avid gamers actually care about controllers. In spite of everything, the controller is the way you’re interacting with video games for, generally, a whole bunch and a whole bunch of hours. To this point, each look fairly spectacular.

Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Controller: Sequence 2, which has already been launched, comes with adjustable-tension thumbsticks and wrap-around rubberized grips. It will even have a built-in rechargeable battery with as much as 40 hours of battery life.

Sony’s DualSense wi-fi controller for the PlayStation 5.


Sony, in the meantime, has added haptic suggestions to its DualSense controller for the PS5. It says you can really feel digital issues bodily. In idea, in-game sensations ought to really feel extra reasonable to the participant than easy vibrations, however we do not understand how effectively it really works but.

Video games

Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” a PlayStation 5 unique.


Unique launch titles — the video games accessible which are unique to both the PS5 or Xbox Sequence X — will be vital. They will assist drive gross sales, since individuals will wish to purchase a brand new console to play the newest video games.

Sony revealed a compelling lineup on Thursday with numerous PS5 exclusives, together with large titles like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Horizon Forbidden West.”

This is a listing of different video games which are coming solely to the PS5:

  • “Gran Turismo 7”
  • “Ratchet and Clank: Rift Aside”
  • “Demon’s Souls”
  • “Returnal”
  • “Sackboy: A Large Journey” 
  • “Astro’s Playroom”
  • “Destruction All Stars”

“Halo Infinite,” “The Medium” and “Scorn” will launch as exclusives for the Xbox Sequence X. 

Each consoles will assist backward compatibility for video games made for his or her predecessors. Meaning you may nonetheless have the ability to play an Xbox One recreation on the Xbox Sequence X or a PlayStation four recreation on the PS5.


Microsoft Mission xCloud will let individuals stream video games to cellular gadgets, too.


The cloud is about to play a way more outstanding function in gaming, too. Google debuted a streaming recreation service of its personal known as Stadia final 12 months, but it surely’s to date had a combined reception

Microsoft’s Mission xCloud, presently in beta, guarantees to let avid gamers play their video games anyplace on telephones, computer systems and tablets, even when they don’t seem to be close to their Xbox. Proper now, avid gamers can stream from an Xbox to a pc, however solely over the house Wi-Fi community. xCloud ought to make that have far more seamless, permitting avid gamers to select up the place they left off wherever they’re.

Sony hasn’t talked a complete lot about its plans, but it surely has a partnership with Microsoft wherein it would use Microsoft’s Azure cloud to supply recreation streaming. It presently has a subscription service known as PlayStation Now which permits gamers to play video games on their PS4 or PC, so we count on that to develop in some type with the launch of the PS5.

Pricing and launch dates nonetheless unknown

Recreation lovers and trade personnel stroll between the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation displays on the E3 commerce present on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Microsoft and Sony have spoken in regards to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft mentioned in April that the outbreak would not change the timing of its next-gen console’s launch, although it might decelerate some recreation manufacturing. Sony mentioned there have been no “main issues” in its recreation improvement pipeline.

We nonetheless do not know when the PS5 or the Xbox Sequence X will launch, although.  Sony and Microsoft have simply mentioned this 12 months. And we do not understand how a lot they will value.

New consoles sometimes value a whole bunch of {dollars} at launch, although. The PS4 was $399.99 when it launched and the Xbox One was priced at $499. So, ballpark it round $400 – $600 plus the price of new video games, which usually run round $50 – $60 a pop.

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