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PS5 Vs. Xbox Scarlett: Specs, Games, Release Date, and Price!

10 October 2019 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

The word is out! Sony has officially called its next-gen console the PS5 and revealed its release date, as well as some new features that are worth looking forward to. We’re also excited about the release of the Xbox Scarlett which was named after Project Scarlett – Microsoft’s official code name for Xbox One’s successor. With both these consoles arriving at the same time next year, the battle between PlayStation and Xbox continues and will shake up the console market.

While it’s too early to determine which of these two consoles will emerge victorious, we can already start seeing which one is edging ahead based on certain specifications announced by Sony and Microsoft for their respective consoles.

PS5 vs. Xbox Scarlett: Specs so far

Specs

PS5

Xbox Scarlett

Chipset

AMD Ryzen "Zen 2", 8 core

AMD Zen 2, 8 core

GPU

AMD Radeon Navi with ray tracing and 3D audio

AMD Radeon Navi with ray tracing

Audio

Immersive, 3D audio

Immersive, 3D audio

Video Quality (Resolution)

Up to 8K, 120hz refresh rate

Up to 8K, Up to 120fps

Storage

SSD

SSD

Backwards Compatibility

PlayStation 4 Games, PlayStation VR

Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Controllers

Haptic feedback + adaptive triggers

Adaptive Triggers

In this early battle of specifications, the PS5 and the Xbox Scarlett seem to be on par with each other. Both consoles will purportedly be able to support ray tracing – a rendering technique that allows for realistic lighting and immersive, 3D sound effects!

They will be running off solid-state drives that operate faster than hard drives, allowing games to boot up faster and have shorter loading times. On top of that, they will offer backwards compatibility: the PlayStation 5 will be compatible with all PS4 games and the Xbox Scarlett with all original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games.

When it comes to controls, the PS5 controllers are expected to have complex haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that offer a realistic feel for different weapons that players might use in-game. For instance, players will feel the tactile sensation of using a shotgun, which is different from a machine gun. Microsoft is said to be experimenting with the same technology for its Xbox Scarlett controller.

As of writing, we don’t know yet the exact dimensions, weight, and color of each console. For the PS5, however, images of Sony’s development kit for the console have leaked and circulated online which might turn out to be the actual design of the console. It has a big V-shaped indent on top that could be interpreted as the Roman numeral of five. But considering how unappealing the render looks, it’s highly unlikely that it will be the official design of the PS5.

Image courtesy of Let's Go Digital

PS5 vs. Xbox Scarlett: Games

As mentioned, PS5 will support backwards compatibility, meaning players will be able to play games from their PS4 game library. But as for its launch titles, Sony has yet to reveal the console’s big launch line up. There are rumors though that one of the launch titles for the PS5 will be developed by Bluepoint Games – the studio behind Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

Image courtesy of PlayStation.com

PS5 fans can also expect the following games:

  • CyberPunk 2077
  • GTA 6
  • Death Stranding
  • Spider Man 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 5
  • Elder Scrolls VI
  • Horizon Zero Dawn 2

Meanwhile, for the Xbox Scarlett, besides Xbox games from prior console generations, Microsoft has announced back in July that Halo Infinite (Halo 6) will be its big launch game.

PS5 vs. Xbox Scarlett: Release Date and Price

Both Sony and Microsoft have announced the release schedule for their respective consoles – Holiday 2020, which is sometime before Black Friday. In terms of price, both consoles will probably have identical price points - at around $500 (~₱25,800) but there’s no official confirmation yet.

At this early stage, there’s much yet to discover on the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett, so stay tuned for more updates! What are your thoughts about these two rivaling consoles in terms of specs? Let us know in the comments!

Last Edited: 30 January 2020 2:36 PM

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Reymart Sarigumba

Reymart Sarigumba is a Filipino content crafter at iPrice, a SEA ecommerce company based in Kuala Lumpur. When not writing about technology or doing SEO experiments, he is probably playing his favorite RPGs on his Nintendo Switch, cuddling his adorable tabby, or keeping up with the latest pop superstar feuds. You can follow him on Facebook and Linkedin.

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