The Xbox Series and the PlayStation 5 come in 2 variants. Not everyone may know the differences as it can be quite confusing. Is one console faster than the other now? Or is only the running gear the difference? To make this a bit clearer, we have listed a few things.
Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S – The Differences
The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are almost 2 completely different consoles; Not only in appearance, but also in specifications. The Xbox Series X is first of all the fastest variant of the 2. This console also costs a bit more than the Xbox Series X, and not just a bit. The price difference is no less than 200 Euro (!). This therefore entails the necessary adjustments, whereby we have listed everything.
- The Xbox Series S is a lot smaller than the Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X has a PC-like housing that is about the same height as the Xbox Series S, but it’s mainly about the volume. The Xbox Series X is almost 3x thicker than the Xbox Series S. Microsoft says that the S is 60% smaller in volume than the X. The size of the Xbox Series X is 151x151x301 millimeters. In addition, the unit weighs 4.45 kilograms.
- The Xbox Series X is black and the Xbox Series S is white, with a black, circular texture on the top of the console (see illustration below).
- The Xbox Series X can play physical media through an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. The Xbox Series S does not have an optical drive. So all games must be downloaded online on the S version.
- In terms of storage capacity, the two consoles also differ considerably from each other. The S version will feature a 512 gigabyte Solid State Drive (SSD). The X version does it with 1 terabyte of storage space. Both units have the option to insert a 1 terabyte expansion card.
- In terms of specifications, the two consoles also differ from each other. The differences at a glance:
- The Xbox Series X and S use an 8-core AMD ZEN 2 CPU, but the Xbox Series S runs at 3.6 Ghz versus 3.8 Ghz for the Xbox Series X.
- The GPU power is quite different between the two. For example, both consoles run on an AMD RDNA 2 GPU, but the Xbox Series S only has a capacity of 4 teraflops, compared to 12.15 teraflops for the Xbox Series S. That is about 3 times less. This sets a target for 4K at 60 frames per second on the Xbox Series X, versus a resolution of 1440p at 60 frames per second on the Xbox Series S, with the frame rate variably reaching up to 120 fps.
- There is also a difference in terms of memory (RAM). The Xbox Series X has 16 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory with 10 gig running at 560 gigabytes per second, and 6 gig at 336 GB/s. The S has to make do with 10 gigabytes of RAM, with 8 gig running at 224 GB/s and 2 gig at 56 GB/s.
- Both SSDs have a processing speed of 2.4 gigabytes per second (uncompressed data). Compressed this is 4.8 gigabytes per second.
- The games on an Xbox Series S take up about 30% less SSD space. This is because the games on the console are made for a lower resolution, so 4K textures are not installed on the console. However, when you buy a disc version of a game, there is a chance that less data needs to be installed and played from the disc.
- The price of the Xbox Series X is 499 Euros, compared to 399 Euros for the Xbox Series S.
Playstation 5 vs. PlayStation 5 Digital – The Differences
The differences between the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital are somewhat smaller. Besides the price, really only the optical drive is something that only the standard PS5 will have. In terms of specifications, both versions are just the same, so no lower clocked CPU, GPU or less amount of storage capacity. Also all interface ports are the same. To sum it up.
- The PlayStation 5 Digital does not have an optical drive (Blu-Ray). All games must therefore be downloaded digitally.
- There is a slight difference in weight. For example, the PS5 Digital weighs 3.9 kilograms, which is 0.6 kilograms less than the standard PS5.
- There is also a difference in nutrition. For example, the PS5 uses 350 watts compared to 340 watts for the Digital.
- The PlayStation 5 Digital costs 100 Euro less than the standard PS5 (399.99 Euro compared to 499.99 Euro).
- The design of the PS5 Digital is slightly different. When the console is upright, you see that the right side is a bit less wide due to the lack of the Blu-Ray player (see below). This makes a difference of 12 millimeters in width.
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