Xbox Scarlett vs PlayStation 5 new generation consoles: It is always worth remembering: in just over 12 months, a new PlayStation and a new Xbox will land on the market of video game consoles. For those of you who hold the accounts, there will be the fifth PlayStation and the fourth generation of Xbox. At the time we write these lines, it is very likely that the next Sony console will be called PlayStation 5. For the name of the next Xbox, it is a different story because for now Microsoft uses the code-named "Project Scarlett" to talk about his future console.

Although neither has yet revealed all its secrets, Sony and Microsoft distilled here and there information about the characteristics of these new generation consoles.

Xbox Scarlett vs PlayStation 5 new generation consoles

That is why we have prepared a comparison, below, between the two machines to know their similarities but also their differences:

1. The technical characteristics

The gap between the Sony console and that of Microsoft has never been so tight. The next PlayStation and Xbox will be strangely similar. They will have similar chips that power them, and their memory capacity and storage levels will be similar. They will (again) have record players and should be launched at the same time, during the holiday season at the end of the year 2020.

Microsoft and Sony have equipped their AMD Navi processor consoles to make them faster than ever before, and new generation SSD hard drives that are expected to mark the end of long charging times. For memory, both machines will have RAM GDDR6.

There is one point on which Sony is more complete than Miscrosoft: the PlayStation 5 will apparently have an AMD Ryzen 2 CPU.

To put it simply: The next generation Xbox console will use technology that is quite similar to Sony's with the PlayStation 5 (and vice versa).


2. Features

For the time being, Sony and Microsoft have mainly detailed the technical characteristics of their next consoles. And there is a feature that both groups boast about and that is directly attributable to their SSD: load times for faster games. This is one of the features of their new generation consoles they put the most forward.

The two companies also praise the merits of a new lighting feature, called "ray-tracing", which promises to enhance details in game visuals like never before.

Finally, Sony and Microsoft claim that their new generation consoles will produce images in 8K, which does not make much sense at the moment since the majority of consumers do not have a TV capable of displaying 8K visuals. But this is a strategy to ensure the sustainability of consoles in the long term.

3. The games

"Halo Infinite", the next installment of the famous first person shooter series, should be released at the same time as the next Xbox. For now, this is the only game to have been announced with exclusivity for a new generation console.

In addition, at least two other games belonging to a large franchise have been announced for "next-gen" consoles: "The Elder Scrolls VI" and "Starfield". These games are produced by Bethesda, the studio behind the "Elder Scrolls" and "Fallout" series. And to be quite complete, both simulations should be available on the next Xbox and the next PlayStation (and probably on PC too). Bethesda is known for making successful games and that should not change with "Starfield" and "The Elder Scrolls VI".

In addition, we can make some assumptions, without taking too much risk, on games in development: as every year, a new installment of "Call of Duty" should be released in 2020 and be available on the PlayStation 5 only on the Xbox Scarlett. The same can be said of "FIFA", "Madden" and the next "Assassin's Creed".

4. Services

The services - in this category, things like Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Vue and Xbox Game Pass - remain for the moment a big question mark.

There is nothing to suggest that any of these services will suddenly cease to exist on next generation consoles. We should remember that Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus have respectively moved seamlessly from Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This should also be the case with Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5 .

Similarly, the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass subscription was a huge success. It forms the basis of Microsoft's strategy for its future with Xbox. And given the fact that Microsoft has just expanded the service to PCs and announced a series of major Game Pass initiatives, it seems guaranteed that the subscription will go hand in hand with Project Scarlett.

In addition, we know that Microsoft's streaming service "Project xCloud" should work on the Project Scarlett - although to date, we have no more information about this "Netflix of video games" whose release of the beta should precede the launch of the future Xbox console.

5. A crucial similarity between the two consoles: backward compatibility

Both Microsoft and Sony have unambiguously stated that their two next-generation consoles will have backwards compatibility: that is, the ability to play video games from previous generations of consoles.

Microsoft has provided a little more detail than Sony on this aspect. "The games of the first Xbox and games for the Xbox 360 that are currently backward compatible on the Xbox One, will also be on Project Scarlett. It will be the same for all Xbox One and accessories," said Phil Spencer , the leader of Xbox, during an interview given to Business Insider US mid-June.

For its part, Sony has only indicated that the PlayStation 5 would be able to play the games of the PlayStation 4 - a version so more limited than the backward compatibility offered on the next Xbox. That said, the fact that both consoles have a form of backward compatibility is reassuring.