PS5 vs Xbox Sequence X: The consoles we’re shopping for and by which order

The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S are not next-gen consoles! They’re current-gen consoles and out there… sorta. Really, it is fairly difficult to purchase both a PS5 or a brand new Xbox since provides are restricted, however they’re within the wild

(Head to the next hyperlinks to learn our evaluations of the Xbox Sequence XXbox Sequence S and PS5.)

However which one must you purchase? And which one can you purchase? 

That is a difficult query with plenty of layers to dissect. The reply is: It relies upon. Do you personal a 4K TV? Do you subscribe to Recreation Move? Are you a Halo fan or a God of Struggle fan? Do you want Bethesda video games or Naughty Canine video games?

We thought we might ask the devoted players on CNET’s workers which consoles they’re planning to purchase and in what order.

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PS5 vs. Xbox Sequence X: the final word comparability


Mark Serrels


You probably have a 4K TV you almost certainly wish to go together with the Sequence X over the Sequence S.


I’ve thought lengthy and exhausting about this and I am fairly certain I’ll find yourself with each an Xbox Sequence X and a PlayStation 5.

As an proprietor of a 4K LG OLED, I’ve zero curiosity within the Xbox Sequence S, regardless of the actual fact I really like the design. The actual fact the console does not help 4K gaming ensures I will be selecting up a Sequence X as a substitute. 

I think the Sequence X would be the best option for cross platform video games this era and Recreation Move is an unimaginable service so, for me, an Xbox Sequence X is a should. I really like how seamlessly it runs last-gen video games with tremendous excessive frame-rates at 4K. It’s going to be some time earlier than must-play next-gen titles trickle in in order that’s one other essential promoting level for me.

I will additionally choose up a PS5 although — in all probability the digital version. I have never purchased a field copy of a online game in years, regardless of the actual fact they’re barely cheaper right here in Australia. I just like the comfort of getting all my video games saved on a tough drive and I just like the decrease value of the digital version itself.

Which console will I purchase first? Relies upon which one I can get to be trustworthy. Probably I will choose up the PS5 if I can — purely as a result of I wish to play the Demon’s Souls remake. However I will be grabbing an Xbox Sequence X both on the identical time or instantly afterwards.

Steph Panecasio

I feel at this level I’ve settled on getting the digital version of the Ps 5, however not at launch. The hype is fairly intensive and I am having fun with being a spectator for the console struggle drama, however I would quite wait till it is truly essential to get them — my PS4 and Xbox One X can nonetheless do the job effectively sufficient and I’ve obtained no motive to improve simply but. 

So sure, after I do, I will go for the Ps first. Traditionally I would get each, however I have to cease being a hoarder with regards to consoles and video games (you are taking a look at the one who inexplicably has seven bodily copies of The Witcher 3). 

By choosing just one console (at the very least to begin) I am saving an enormous chunk of area on my TV cupboard — have you ever seen the dimensions of this stuff? And by choosing the digital mannequin, I am releasing up area in my bookshelves for, effectively, precise books. 

As for Xbox, I am nonetheless extremely tempted by the Recreation Move service, I will not lie. Will I get one finally? Perhaps. I am half hoping my accomplice will get one himself, thus eradicating the necessity for me to fret about forking over extra cash. Excuse me whereas I ship this text to him for future reference.

Dan Ackerman


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Who am I kidding, I am getting them each. I’ve already pre-ordered a Xbox Sequence X and plan on getting a PS5 asap. I can legitimately say it is for “skilled improvement,” plus, as horrible as this sounds, I similar to going by means of all of the menus and setup and output choices and every part. That is what occurs after you’re employed at CNET for a sure variety of years. 

Funnily sufficient, I used to be by no means into console video games as a child. After the Atari 2600, I used to be proper onto my Tandy TRS-80 Colour Pc (aka, the Trash 80), and largely PC gaming by means of my teen and school years, however not even a lot of that. My return to consoledom began after I caught a live-action TV advert for Resident Evil 2 again within the late 1990s and mentioned,” Wow, that appears like a George Romero film, I’ve obtained to get a type of…” Lower than a 12 months later, I used to be working at an early online game web site ( and masking the launch of the Sega Dreamcast, so I’ve had each console since then, from the RROD Xbox 360 to the dusty Wii U. 

I’m skipping the Sequence S, no want with my 4K LG OLED TV (in all probability the most-common TV amongst CNET editors) and, frankly, I am not thrilled concerning the launch recreation lineup on both console. No must-haves for me, and there is not even a next-gen model of Cyberpunk 2077. I would love my Spider-Man save to switch to the PS5, however that is about as a lot as I care about backwards compatibility. I usually have zero curiosity in revisiting outdated video games. They’re by no means pretty much as good as you bear in mind. For those who’re anxious about taking part in Excellent Darkish or Halo 1 or something like that on a new-for-2020 console, you may as effectively simply make the total leap and begin taking part in Gloomhaven. 

Nicole Archer


Horizon Forbidden West might be a should play on PS5.


I’ll make this brief and candy: I’m not a fan of brutalism and I discover the design of the Xbox Sequence X personally offensive. If my niece comes to go to, I must child proof the field lest she falls and blinds herself on the nook. Plus, I simply actually actually like Horizon Zero Daybreak and wish to play the sequel. 

That mentioned I will in all probability finally get the Xbox Sequence S as a result of I really feel like it might look good subsequent to my PS5. Plus, my first gaming console was the unique Xbox and I’ll at all times have a tender spot for the outdated boy — I might be betraying my roots if I did not choose up an Xbox once more.

Daniel Van Increase

Ultimately, I will purchase each a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Sequence X. By the top of 2020? I will have purchased neither.

I get pleasure from system wars as a lot as the following man, however proper now the joy round each next-gen consoles is a little bit too theoretical. Microsoft’s Recreation Move-centred mannequin, by which the Sequence S/X are primarily {hardware} to energy the Xbox streaming service, may change the business. Sony’s renewed fanaticism about unique titles may lead to extra must-play first-party video games.

However each potentialities lie in 2021 and past. Come November, there will not be many video games on both console you may’t play on a PS4 or Xbox One. For me, which means there is not any rush to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Sequence S/X.

For the longer term, I think I will purchase a PS5 first. Each consoles might be purchased with a disc drive — it makes it simpler to wiggle out of a $69.95 RRP. 

Lori Grunin

Let’s break up “Lori Grunin” in two: The reviewer and the actual particular person. Each ended up agreeing that the Xbox Sequence S is the most suitable choice as a result of cash and Recreation Move Final. 


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Personally, a console is competing with the necessity for a dear new telephone, a brand new iPad Professional and a brand new full-frame digital camera and lenses, together with a cranky outdated biddy of a cat who wants dental work and who has costly style in meals. I’ve nonetheless obtained a 1080p TV, which I have never watched since chopping the twine some time again. I do not significantly wish to chip in for a brand new one as a result of I am a cranky outdated biddy of an individual with costly style in gear.

Whereas Lori the reviewer toyed with the concept of a PS5, Recreation Move Final and day one availability for brand spanking new exclusives bought the Xbox to either side of my mind. 

However I might by no means have preordered something, as a result of as a rule I think about it insane to spend cash on virtually something over $50 earlier than it has been out for at the very least just a few months and has had an opportunity to be debugged and dissected advert nauseum. I’ve additionally had years of publicity to the newest and best of every part to be taught to recover from the FOMO for many of it. 

Lori the reviewer spent hours hitting refresh on three completely different websites for all of them when preorders went stay.

Jackson Ryan

Would like to see a brand new console era outlined by the distinctive experiences it will probably deliver to video video games, quite than enhancements in POWER and SPEED. These new consoles really feel like souped up current-gens.

I’ve a wonderfully good Nintendo Change. That may see me by means of till there’s an absolute should play on both of those bilious containers.

Sean Keane

After a lot thought, I preordered a PS5 so I can play the shiniest model of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the Demon’s Souls remake. However the deciding issue was Resident Evil Village. I do know the console will not get a worth drop earlier than that comes out subsequent 12 months (Capcom hadn’t hinted at a PS4 model earlier than I preordered).


Miles Morales goes to work.

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I am nonetheless utilizing a launch PS4 and do not intend to get no matter mid-generational PS5 improve Sony places out, so I will wring loads of worth out of the PS5 over its seven-year lifespan — to play the remaining PS4 video games in 4K and transfer absolutely onto the next-gen when it actually will get began in late 2021.

To maximise the probability of getting video games as cheaply as attainable, I’ve opted for the mannequin with disc drive. Though most of my purchases are digital, I do not wish to give Sony an excessive amount of energy. Additionally my associates generally give me bodily video games as presents.

As for Xbox Sequence X, I am nonetheless undecided. I used to be all concerning the Xbox 360, however the Xbox One by no means had an unique recreation that made the console irresistible. Microsoft’s buy of Bethesda actually makes a killer Sequence X unique (Sequence Xclusive?) extra seemingly, however I will wait and see.

Recreation Move is a fairly nice service, however my already huge backlog makes it a much less tempting prospect.

Eli Blumenthal

Whereas I’ve been on the lookout for each the Xbox Sequence X and PlayStation 5 All-Digital, I up to now have solely preordered the Xbox. After rising up taking part in all three generations of Xbox, I’ve been swayed in the direction of PlayStation in recent times by means of video games like Spider-Man PS4 and MLB The Present. 

I am a giant sports activities gamer and whereas most up-to-date titles have lacked noticeable or recreation altering enhancements on current-gen, the brand new trailer for NBA 2K21 on next-gen has me hyped for what each of those new techniques can supply. 

The insane battle to seek out someplace to preorder a PS5 has stored me within the Xbox camp, at the very least for proper now. As somebody who does not have a big catalog of PlayStation discs, I can not deliver myself to justify shelling out the additional $100 for the common PS5 (based mostly on early reviews, I may very well be in for an extended wait because it looks as if Digital consoles are in shorter provide than disc ones). Throw within the rising prices for next-gen PlayStation controllers and main video games and I really feel like there are even higher makes use of for that cash than a disc drive I virtually actually will not use. I can not even bear in mind the final time I used a disc basically — PlayStation, Xbox, Blu-ray, DVD or CD. 

As for the Xbox, just a few elements swayed me together with the truth that I’ve a Recreation Move subscription, am actually intrigued by xCloud and that I’ve family and friends planning to get one. Whereas I believed concerning the Sequence S, with my TCL 6 Sequence has 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient and like Serrels the enchantment of 4K gaming was sufficient to get me to decide on the larger system. 

Plus, I used to be fortunate sufficient to see it out there on Amazon to position the order (even when it now could not arrive on the 10th). 

Eric Franklin

Because the launch of the Xbox One X I’ve grow to be a primarily Xbox participant. Microsoft’s providers like Play Wherever, xCloud and naturally Xbox Recreation Move tackle my gaming wants as a dad with two younger children and never plenty of time to himself. 

So I’ve opted to preorder each the Xbox Sequence X for my lounge and an Xbox Sequence S for my house workplace. 

The Sequence X will substitute my One X and the Sequence S will double up with my newly constructed PC on my model new 27-inch 1440p HDR 144hz monitor. In actuality, I will seemingly find yourself taking part in on the Sequence S essentially the most since my spouse will get first dibs on our 4K TV. 

As for video games, whereas I am trying ahead to attempting just a few launch video games like The Medium, The Ascent and The Falconeer, I am equally as curious about taking part in my present large backlog of recreation like The Outer Worlds, Doom Everlasting and the Yakuza sequence — I am nonetheless early in Yakuza 0, my first foray into the world of Japanese gangsters and goofiness — with sooner load occasions and the power to rapidly swap between them — I get bored simply — with the Fast Resume characteristic.

Since Microsoft revealed these options in March, the brand new Xbox has occupied approach an excessive amount of of my brainspace, however quickly it can have an opportunity to stay as much as my approach too excessive expectations for it.

As for the PS5, I will seemingly get one finally, however could wait till they slim that pet down — have you ever heard? It is large. 

Oscar Gonzalez

I am normally a two-console sort of gamer, however my unique plan for this era was to begin off with the PS5 after which finally get my palms on an Xbox Sequence X. The shortage of a powerful, unique launch recreation — for me, it might have been Halo: Infinite — makes Microsoft’s next-gen console rather less engaging. 

That modified with EA Play’s inclusion into Video games Move and seeing Fast Resume in motion. Whereas sure, I will play Video games Move titles on my Xbox One, the concept of getting all of the video games I am taking part in by means of out there to play inside seconds of one another is one thing I did not know I needed. As a man who desires to leap into completely different multiplayer video games corresponding to Name of Obligation: Warzone, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and even Fortnite in addition to work on numerous single-player video games just like the Murderer’s Creed and Far Cry video games, the Fast Resume goes to be the characteristic designed only for me. 


Epic Video games

Due to that, I’ve a pre-order for the PS5 and Xbox Sequence X. As tempted as I’m to go totally digital this era, the actual fact is that new bodily video games at launch, or weeks after launch, are inclined to go on sale. Digital model do not. Retailers are additionally faster to drop the worth of video games in the event that they fail to promote at launch whereas digital titles take for much longer earlier than a big sale. 

So for me, the Xbox Sequence X would be the Video games Move machine whereas the PS5 is for Sony revealed titles and different exclusives. It is the perfect of each worlds and at the perfect worth. 

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