PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: practical test with top games [video]

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Finally we can compare the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X live. Which console is the best?

The battle between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X started some time ago, and we made a console beatdown based on the released specifications before. We also saw in studies which choice users would make in advance. Now that both consoles are now on the market, we can finally compare the performance. Based on a number of games that can be played on both consoles, there is a winner from the practical test. The loser responds.

PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: the expectation

If we look at the specifications beforehand, we see that the Xbox Series X should have a slight lead. For example, the performance of the processor with 12 teraflops is higher than that of the PS 5 (with 10.28 teraflops). The clock speed is also slightly higher at 3.8 Ghz than the 3.5 Ghz that the PS 5 offers. The question is whether we see this in practice.

PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X praktijktest

With this technical information in mind, we are naturally curious how the practical test will work out.

PS 5 vs. Xbox Series X: praktijktest 1 ‘Devil may cry 5 SE’

The first game in the test is ‘Devil may cry 5 SE’. The images of the practical test of both consoles are shown below.

The Xbox Series X performs slightly better if we choose to display in 4K resolution. Also in the field of ray tracing the Microsoft console gets the advantage. However, this advantage is lost when you choose the ray tracing quality mode in the game. The difference between the two consoles then disappears.

The practical experience that makes the difference is the refresh rate of the image. This is not only better with the PS5, but also much more consistent. The Xbox Series X sometimes drops by as much as 40 fps. As a result, players on the new Xbox will have to deal with vibrations and a stuttering image. So for this game, the PS 5 is the clear winner. Of course, one test is not a test, so we also test Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ‘.

PS 5 vs. Xbox Series X: practice test 2 ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’

Due to a commercial deal, the ads for ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ mainly show the Xbox Series X as the accompanying console. Of course, practice is also tested here. Time for a movie.

Here too we see a stable performance for the PlayStation 5. The Xbox Series X also shows a disappointing image performance here. For example, we see that ‘screen tearing’ occurs and that the refresh rate sometimes drops as much as 60fps. With this game, the problem can be solved if you use variable refresh rate, but as we explained earlier, your monitor must be able to handle that option.

PS 5 vs. Xbox Series X: praktijktest 3 ‘COD Black Ops Cold War’

Because we don’t want to leave anything to chance, we finally look at the test results of another top game, ‘COD Black Ops Cold War’. Of course we start with the video.

The Xbox Series X performs better when it comes to ray tracing. Here the refresh rate of PlayStation 5 drops to 40fps, while Xbox Series X manages to keep the bottom at 60fps. However, when we play at 120fps, we see that the Xbox Series X has to lose it again.

On the basis of practical tests, we see that PlayStation 5, despite slightly lesser specifications, often performs just as well and in important points even better than the Xbox Series X. In practice, the PlayStation 5 is currently the better console.

Xbox Series X response to the test results

Obviously, the outcome of the test is not pleasant for Xbox Series X. In a response, they acknowledge that there are performance problems in some games and that partners are working hard to find a solution. However, it is not yet clear how long we can expect them to be.



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