Microsoft and Sony have both created rather large next-gen consoles. We’ve known for weeks that the PS5 is the largest gaming console in modern history, but Microsoft’s Xbox Series X isn’t exactly small. Now that we have the two consoles to compare side-by-side, the design decisions and the differences are immediately obvious.
Microsoft and Sony have both taken different approaches to console design for this next generation. These design choices are apparent when you place the two side by side either vertically or horizontally. The PS5 is bigger than the Xbox Series X is almost every way possible.
While the PS5 towers over the Xbox Series X when held vertically, it’s slimmer when you put it down. This means that you can fit the PS5 into TV stands where you can’t squeeze an Xbox Series X. This is something you will need to consider before full reviews.
Placement of consoles is important as both require adequate ventilation to prevent any heat or dust buildup in or around the devices that could potentially affect performance and noise in the months to come.
The PS5 is approximately 390mm (15.4in) in height, 260mm (10.24in) in depth, and 104mm (4.09in) in width, while the Xbox Series X is 301mm (11.8in) inches) high and 151 mm (5.9 inches) wide or deep.
Sony and Microsoft’s designs also differ when it comes to access to internal components. Sony allows PS5 owners to open the console and clean up the dust, or even expand its storage capacities through an M.2 SSD slot. Xbox Series X doesn’t prompt or allow you to open it, and storage expansion is handled by proprietary expansion cards.
The differences between the next-gen Xbox and the PS5 consoles become even more apparent when you look at the smaller Xbox Series S. Microsoft has managed to bundle most of the Xbox Series X components into a much smaller package, without the same. GPU power. found on the larger console.
Comparing the Xbox Series S to the PS5 is like comparing apples and oranges solely on the basis of overall specs, but physically they are also very different. The Xbox Series S is only 275mm (10.8 inches) high, 151mm (5.9 inches) deep, and 63.5mm (2.5 inches) wide when upright. This smaller Xbox almost seems out of place next to the massive PS5 and bulky Xbox Series X.
While Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S consoles don’t have removable media, Sony has opted for a mount that you’ll need to move around depending on the orientations. The PS5 mount is disc-shaped and attaches with a flathead screwdriver to the bottom of the console. The mount also has claws that fit into a recessed part of the PS5 when it is standing vertically, or you simply remove the stand from the bottom and use those claws to clip it to the back of the console to rest it. horizontally.
The Xbox Series X has its own stand, but it is not removable. When you lay the Xbox Series X horizontally, it almost looks like it has fallen while the stand remains attached. The Xbox Series S looks great in both positions without the need for a stand, and it’s clearly designed to easily fit inside TV cabinets.
We’ll have a full review of all three next-gen consoles in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
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