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Everything we know about PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Published: 13:35, 28 February 2020
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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are the next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, respectively. Both sets of hardware are bringing a powerful upgrade over the current-gen but here is a detailed look at everything we know about PS5 and XSX at the moment.

Sony and Microsoft are yet to fully reveal their next-generation titles but over the last couple of months, both companies have been talking about their new gaming machines and some of the features that next-gen consoles will pack. We gathered the official information along with some leaks and rumours in this article, so without further ado, let's get started.

Release Date

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are yet to receive a specific release date. However, both Sony and Microsoft confirmed that their consoles will arrive sometime during the holiday period in 2020. PlayStation 3 and 4 as well as Xbox 360 and Xbox One released in November so the ninth month is probably when we'll get our hands on both consoles.

Microsoft Xbox Series X console and controller Xbox Series X

Confirmed Features

  • PS5 and Xbox Series X
    • Hardware ray tracing - Both consoles will feature hardware accelerated real-time ray tracing which will allow for some stunning visuals.
    • Superfast SSD storage - Microsoft and Sony both confirmed that SSDs will be one of the biggest upgrades in the next-gen consoles. Loading times should be a thing of history.
    • AMD hardware - Consoles will once again use AMDs chips for graphics card and processor. 
    • Backwards compatibility - Xbox Series X will officially support Xbox One games, Microsoft confirmed.  Several developers also said that PlayStation 5 will feature backwards compatibility, at least with PlayStation 4 but Sony are yet to confirm it.
    • Up to 120 FPS
  • Xbox Series X
    • 12 Teraflops of GPU power
    • HDMI 2.1
    • Quick resume feature that will allow you to resume games even after a reboot
  • PlayStation 5
    •  PS5 Controller has haptic feedback instead of rumble.
    •  PS5 Controller has special triggers (L2/R2) that can dynamically change the resistance to pushing them based on gameplay. 
    • PSVR will be compatible with PS5

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Confirmed Games

  • Gods and Monsters
  • Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Elder Scrolls VI
  • Starfield
  • Godfall
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Rainbow Six: Quarantine
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Dying Light 2
  • Gothic
  • Outriders
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X)
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 (Xbox Series X)
  • Dreams (PlayStation 5)


At the time of writing, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X prices have not been revealed. There are various rumours suggesting certain sums but nothing official has been confirmed by Sony and Microsoft. 

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