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PS5 vs Xbox Series X Boot Times – Which One is Faster?

The two next-gen gaming consoles are set to release next week, and more details are still being unveiled. We finally know the PS5 and Xbox Series X boot times – but which one is faster?

It’s only days before we stop having to say ‘next-gen’ before talking about the new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles. It’s got a lot of gamers excited, but the wait is becoming unbearable.

Thankfully, there won’t be long to wait when booting up your next-gen console for the first time. As part of the transition to new hardware, the PS5 and Xbox Series X boast incredibly fast new boot times.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X
(Source: Sony/Microsoft)

And for those who still care about bragging rights, there’s a clear winner in this aspect of the console war. Both remarkably high-spec devices will be on and good to go in seconds, but there’s one that has a noticeable edge.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Boot Time Comparison

When you’re turning on your brand-new console as a cold boot (that is to say that the device was completely off), both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have similar boot times.

The Xbox Series X will take 25 seconds to turn on from a cold boot. We’ve seen reports that the Xbox Series S will take around 28 seconds, but it’s worth noting that the same source had the Xbox Series X at 20 seconds.

(Source: Sony/Microsoft)

In a direct comparison video, The Verge’s Tom Warren claims that the PlayStation 5 will cold boot at 24 seconds. This is able to undercut its competition at Microsoft slightly.

When it comes to resuming from standby, however, Xbox is king. The PS5 turns back on from a standby setting in 14 seconds.

As a contrast, the Xbox Series X resumes play in a lightning-fast 4 seconds. Regardless of your choice in console, gamers will be hopping back into the action in no time.

But if a winner has to be selected, it’s a clear victory for Xbox.

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One thing that Sony certainly has the edge on is the new console’s controller, however. We’ve got a PS5 DualSense vs. Xbox Series X gamepad comparison, which can give you all the details.

And if you’re still looking to get your hands on a next-gen console on release date, we’ve got a few options for you.

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