The next generation of game consoles are coming into focus. Will it be a fair fight?

The two major living room game console companies not named Nintendo are fighting over the same launch window. Holiday 2020 is when both the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s next Xbox (currently code-named Project Scarlett ) will arrive, fighting for a spot on your holiday shopping list. 

We already know a bit about the upcoming hardware, but not key facts like price and release date. 

This next iteration of the ongoing console wars is especially important, as new competition is coming from cloud services like Google Stadia, premium mobile platforms like Apple Arcade and Nintendo’s seemingly unstoppable Switch family. PlayStation 5James Martin/CNET

The PS5 is jumping to solid-state storage, making it a better match for large game downloads. But it will still support optical discs, showing that some legacy technology is hard to ditch. 8K TVs may be few and far between, but the PlayStation 5 will be capable of 8K output. SEE AT PLAYSTATION.COMProject ScarlettJames Martin/CNET

The next Xbox doesn’t even have a final name yet. It’s still being referred to as Project Scarlett, as first introduced at E3 2019. Like the PS5, it’s based on an AMD platform, and also keeps the optical drive (something long since ditched by most other devices). SEE AT XBOX.COM

The specs listed below are not set in stone, and are based on best guesswork from leaks and the small amount of publicly available information. This article will be updated as new information becomes available. 


PlayStation 5Xbox Project Scarlett
Processor8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU1.6GHz AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU
GraphicsAMD Radeon Navi-family GPUAMD Arcturus GPU
Optical driveYes, 4K Blu-rayYes
Max output resolution8K8K
Max frame rate120fps120fps
Controller featuresHaptic feedback, adaptive triggers, USB-C connectorUnknown
VR supportYesLikely
Cloud gamingPlayStation NowMicrosoft xCloud
Backwards compatibilityPS4 gamesXbox One and supported Xbox 360 and Xbox games
Big launch gameUnknownHalo Infinite
Release dateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020


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