There is a strong rivalry between Microsoft and Sony with regards to the upcoming gaming consoles. Both consoles will arrive towards the end of the year but there is already a lot of speculations on which will perform better. A couple of weeks ago, both companies released the official specs of these devices. However, only the Xbox Series X has shown its official design in all entirety. For Sony PlayStation 5, we are yet to see the official design. After the release of the specs, many analysts agreed that the Xbox Series X is ahead on paper. Nevertheless, there is a huge difference between paper performance and practical performance.
With PlayStation 5 trailing in terms of performance on paper, fanboys believed that it could still get that “killer punch” with its price. However, it appears that this wouldn’t be the case. A recent revelation from Xbox Director, Phil Spencer, suggests that Microsoft is willing to adjust the price of the Xbox Series X as the situation permits. His words
“You have to set a price target at the beginning for yourselves and then you roll in as you see the competition and you start to do your go-to-market planning.
“I feel good about the price we’re going to be able to get to. Also, I feel good about the price and the performance capabilities that we have for Series X. I feel incredibly strong about the overall package.
“We have a plan and we feel very solid about it. I believe we have a plan that can win.”
MICROSOFT XBOX SERIES X VS PLAYSTATION 5 – SPECS COMPARISON
|PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency, with SMT)
|8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz
(3.6GHz with SMT)
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
52 CUs at 1.825GHz
|GPU Architecture||Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
|Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB at 560GB/s,
6GB at 336GB/s
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB NVMe SSD||1TB Custom NVMe SSD|
|IO Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw),
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1TB Expansion Card|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|HDMI||2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)||2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)|
|Backward compatibility||PlayStation 4||Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
The first statement says a lot about Microsoft’s plan for the Xbox Series X price. Spencer did not say anything specific but he obviously has a price in mind. In fact, what Spencer probably has is a flexible price margin to take on the PS5.