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PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X Price and Release Guide: Which Is the Better Buy?

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Yesterday, Sony officially announced that the PlayStation 5 will cost a cool $399 USD for the base version and $499 USD for the version with a disc drive and Blu-Ray compatibility. But seeing how easy it is to stream movies in 4K, we can't imagine many people opting for the latter. Both models are set to release on Nov. 12.

The Xbox Series X, meanwhile, will cost $499 USD for its base version, where a Blu-Ray drive comes standard. It's due out Nov. 10 and it, more or less, will deliver the same exact specs as the PlayStation 5.

Here's where it gets confusing, though. In addition to the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is also releasing the Xbox Series S at the same time. It's smaller in size, priced at just $299 USD, and much like the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, doesn't come with a disc drive. But it also doesn't have the same specs as the flagship Xbox Series X. In fact, it's significantly worse, offering about 33% the graphical horsepower of its big brother. And it's specifically targeted at 1440p resolution rather than 4K, which seems silly given how affordable and common 4K televisions are now.

So what's the right play? The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is the best pure value, without question, offering true next-gen graphics and 4K resolution at the lowest price. But if you insist on having a disc drive and Blu-Ray capability, it's a complete toss-up between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.