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If you’re thinking about joining the new generation of consoles and buying a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X but haven’t really been keeping up with all the news, we’re here to help.

Below we’ve compiled some of the most asked questions about each console, to help make your big decision as easy as possible.

When do the consoles launch?

Xbox Series X will launch on November 10, 2020. PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12, 2020.

How much do they cost?

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The Xbox Series X and S will be released on 11/10/20 at 12:01am ET

-Limit 1 per customer

The PlayStation 5 will be released on 11/12/20 at 12:01am ET

-Limit 1 per customer

What games will be available?

Demon’s Souls on the PS5

Xbox Series X will have 30 playable games available on the day it launches, though most of them are multi-platform games that are already playable on existing systems. Highlights include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Gears 5, and Watch Dogs: LegionCheck out the full list of Xbox Series X launch games here, or browse Xbox games on Newegg.

PlayStation 5’s exclusive launch highlights include Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls. It’ll also be able to play a number of multi-platform titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion. Check out the full list of PS5 launch titles here, or browse PS5 games on Newegg.

Will the new consoles be backwards compatible (will they play old games)?

Every game that is playable on Xbox One, which includes select games from Xbox 360 and the original Xbox (see list here), will be playable on Xbox Series X.

PlayStation 5 will be able to play about 99 percent of PlayStation 4 games. Here are the games NOT playable on PS5.

What’s the technical difference between Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5?

Xbox Series X is the more powerful of the two consoles. Take a look at the chart and video below for more details.

What’s the difference between Xbox Series X and S?

The main difference between the two is the optical disc drive. The Xbox Series S will not have an optical disc drive and will only be able to play digital versions of games. There’s also a difference in resolution, framerate, and power, with the Xbox Series S offering more modest internal components. Because of these hardware compromises, the Xbox Series S has the lowest MSRP of all of the new consoles.  You can read more details here.

What’s the difference between PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital?

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The main difference between the two is the optical disc drive. The PlayStation 5 Digital will not have an optical disc drive and will only be able to play digital versions of games. Other than that, both versions will have the same features. The lack of an optical disk drive makes the PS5 Digital $100 cheaper than the regular PS5. Read more about the PS5 Digital here.

Will my Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers work on the new consoles?

Yes, Xbox One controllers will work on Xbox Series X, and vice versa. PlayStation 4 controllers will work on PlayStation 5, but only for PS4 games. Only a PS5 controller will work with PS5 games, since the latest version of Sony’s controller, called the “DualSesnse,” has more advanced features, like variable resistance triggers and more detailed haptic feedback.

For more information on the new consoles and to pick them up for yourself when they are available, check out the Xbox Series X and Series S, and the PlayStation 5, on Newegg.

Will the new consoles sell out?

Based on pre-order demand and limited supply, it’s likely that consoles will frequently be hard to find at many retailers. On, sales of these new consoles will be limited to one-per-customer. A variety of combo packages will be available on Newegg, with the consoles sold along with accessories and games.

Quibian Salazar-Moreno

Author Quibian Salazar-Moreno

Quibian Salazar-Moreno is a GameCrate editor who has been covering the gaming industry for more than a decade, focusing on the crazy world of consoles. You can bother him on Twitter @q_salazar.

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