PS5 just beat the Xbox, The PS5 just beat the Xbox Series X when it comes to 4K Blu-ray Disc playback. If you’re interested in what next-generation consoles can offer other than their gaming prowess, this information may help inform your purchase decision – especially if you’re a movie buff.
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A bunch of tests was done by HDTV Test on YouTube, 4K Blu-ray players put on both devices at their paces. Host Vincent Toh used two identical LG CX OLED TVs as a basis for comparison, as well as many of the best TVs available today.
In color comparisons, Xbox produced tones darker than the PS5, and it lost some of the fine details. Sony’s console provided 4K / 24Hz Teoh test images used in 12-bit color instead of Xbox 10-bit, which explains the difference in quality. It’s unusual to see this since the Xbox Series X has 12-bit color options available in its settings, but it didn’t use them during our tests.
These are the problems that you will only notice if you are excited to watch Blu-Rays regularly. As Teoh, himself notes: “Most viewers will not notice these small color aberrations in real-world content.”
Xbox also skipped frames from time to time in testing. Skipping chapters in Blu-ray appears to regularly cause the X series to skip frames while watching “24fps” movies regularly causes this to happen because Xbox plays movies at 23.96 frames per second, a more common standard. Meanwhile, the PS5 can handle the true 24fps standard without a problem.
It’s possible what these tests show won’t really affect your enjoyment of the new console – assuming you can get one. However, die-hard Sony fans will no doubt be happy to have the advantage over Xbox Series X.