Screen Rant gets hands-on with the Xbox Series X console and new wireless controller to compare it to the PlayStation 5 design and DualSense controller.
Ahead of launch, we’re diving into the next generation of console gaming where 4K is the new standard alongside the promise of 8K and 120fps for select experiences. Over the last few days we’ve begun our deep dive into the hardware side of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the first real leap in console generations in seven years.
Below is our exclusive unboxing video of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X where you’ll get to see the packaging and contents, and how it compares to PlayStation 5’s.
For consumers interested in the packaging itself, both units come with significant weight. The Xbox Series X packaging is a tad more compact and well-packed. Microsoft cared about the aesthetic of the packaging, inside and out, whereas the PS5 packaging is throwaway, flimsy thing cardboard with no color or design to it. Even the handle on the PS5 box was falling out on our unit.
The real comparison is in the traditionally odd sizing and form factors of each console. Both feel heavy. The PS5 is massive, the largest game console in modern gaming, and while the Xbox Series X isn’t extremely large in total mass it’s fridge-like shape makes it also problematic for gamers who had their PS4s or Xbox One X | S in a snug spot.
For setup, both consoles ship with HDMI and power cables, and one controller. The PS5 also includes a charging cable for the DuelSense controller (both next-gen controllers are using USB-C ports now).
The PS5 and Xbox Series X can be placed vertically or horizontally. The Series X can just be set down either way but the PS5 runs into a significant hurdle here since it ships with a plastic base that must be attached to the PlayStation 5 itself and secured with a little screw regardless of orientation. The light plastic and flimsy nature of this is a bit alarming for the PS4 successor, especially if that one screw is misplaced.
Similarly the white plastic shell pieces of the PS5 that protrude out the end are a bit flimsy as well so we can’t wrap our heads around the design choices quite yet on form factor.
As for the controllers, the Series X controller is virtually the same as the Xbox One’s and the system supports backward compatibility for Xbox One controllers and accessories. The PS5 however requires consumers to use the DualSense and disappointingly does not support PS4 controllers.
The DualSense by comparison, is quite a bit different from the iterations of the DualShock. PlayStation’s iconic button and sticks layout remains the same, but the form factor of the DualSense is that of a larger controller that embraces the shape of the Xbox controller, with a more smooth and rounded design. Both feel great in the hand, and the PS5 DualSense especially stands out as a beautiful-looking controller with it’s white plating. Here it works where on the console, perhaps not so much. The new placement of the light bar is also a welcome change.
The PlayStation 5 (releasing November 12, 2020) and Xbox Series X (November 10, 2020) were provided by PlayStation Canada and Xbox Canada, respectively.