Digital Foundry - Dirt 5: PS5 vs Xbox Series X/ Series S Comparison + Performance

Dirt 5 is unique in that it's the ONLY arcade racing title available for next-gen consoles at launch - think of it as a combination of MotorStorm, DriveClub, Dirt and OnRush - it's good stuff! However, there are a number of issues that need addressing, especially on Xbox. All three modes are tested in this head-to-head, covered off on three consoles. Let's get going!

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elazz152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

PS5 version performance better overall. In 120fps the PS5 looks better and reaches average higher fps. With an upcoming firmware update VRR will also be available on PS5 making this practically a flawless experience.

Xbox Series X version comes in close second. Series S shouldn't have come with a visual mode. resolution can drop to 600p.

RazzerRedux152d ago

Leadbetter questioning Microsoft's marketing of Series S as a 1440p console is interesting.

darthv72152d ago

It can in some and cant in others but it also can hit 2160p which is surprising as well.

All I care about after watching this is for Motorstorm to make a triumphant return..... some day, maybe, hopefully

The Wood152d ago

Darth I would love motorstorm to be revived

bouzebbal152d ago

What's your take on xsx not performing well and not leading the comparisons we've seen so far? Want it supposed to lead hands down technically?

FlyingFoxy152d ago

Considering you'll need a high end PC for decent FPS in titles like Cyberpunk @ 1440p it doesn't really take a rocket scientist to know that Series S isn't really a 1440p console, in some less demanding games, sure.

dumahim152d ago

I always questioned that. It seemed odd going for half the number of pixels with about a 3rd of the power.

SullysCigar152d ago

^ @FATAL1TY, those pics look like you've tried to recreate a Dirt 5 screenshot in Minecraft..

bouzebbal151d ago (Edited 151d ago )

His opinion about the massive graphical differences xsx and ps5 is so ridiculous.. Devs didn't have time to finalize the game, and at the same time it's not intentional 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
Yet they had time for ps5?? What a broken logic he has..
There is a graphical leap between both versions.. This ain't starting well for xbox

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elazz152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

For Series S I meant 120fps shouldn't have been an option. On the other 2 modes is around 1080p

angelsx152d ago

series s is a mistake. Who wanted this?

RaidenBlack152d ago

Supposed "game-pass-owners" and "casual-gamers"

StormSnooper152d ago

The unwitting buyers, like moms. And little children who think they have a next gen console.

NotoriousWhiz152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

I wanted a Series S. Not anymore though. May not even get a Series X if it's going to underperform PS5.

I couldn't care less about 4k. But I do care about frame rate, and if the Series S can't keep up in that regard, then I won't be getting it. The price is nice, but that performance is not.

CaptainHenry916152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Like I said Xbox has a long way to go 😁

PC/PS5 for life

AngelicIceDiamond152d ago

If you really think it ends with early gen games then you're very short sided.

CaptainHenry916152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Xbox first party exclusives just can't compete with Sonys. Having a PC makes Xbox irrelevant to me

AngelicIceDiamond152d ago

We don't know yey. But 9th gen should be interesting it already is.

gravedigger152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

XSS console is a mistake. It was damn obvious since the reveal

Series S version as low as 570p. You can't be that serious

sagapo151d ago

One mistake you made; in 120fps PS5 looks indeed better, but XSX kept the higher framerates because PS5 uses v-sync instead of VRR, and the fact that XSX looked less detailed. But I agree that when PS5 will support VRR, it will probably beat XSX in 120fps mode.

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RazzerRedux152d ago

Took notes:

PS5 SDR is a little dark. Dev looking into it.

Image quality Mode
Focusing overall world detail
Dynamic resolution
Series S - tops out 1440p but scales down to 1080p most of the time
PS5 slightly better texture filtering
PS5 average resolution is higher
Both PS5 and XSX deliver 60fps. Slight advantage to PS5
Series S lower frame rate

Resolution mode
Highest pixel count- Dynamic
Series S 1080p range.
"Series S 1440p target is somewhat optimistic"
"MS marketing needs to be clearer"
Series S - details cut back
All three consoles mostly consistent 60fps

Frame Rate Mode
120hz mode
XSX and PS5 "seems to be 900p to 1440p"
Series S - as low as 600p range
PS5 detail level is significantly higher than XSX
Probably a bug on XSX
Runs better on XSX on some tracks due to lower detail
VRR makes a difference and eliminates tearing for XSX

RazzerRedux152d ago

Apparently there is a very specific reason why PS5 has much higher detail than XSX in frame rate mode:

Mr_Luke152d ago

hahahaha that's brilliant :D

russo121152d ago

Craig's is MS new mascot.

AngelicIceDiamond152d ago

I could see it as fanboy drivel but I se it as more light hearted. What do you have to say about the new Forza running in engine at last summers Ms showcase?

RazzerRedux152d ago

Yeah.....all in fun. Forza looked great. Codemasters isn't in Turn 10's league. Not even close.

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gamer7804152d ago

Now if they can just make dirt games fun. I really want to like them as I like racing games but the controls and gameplay are terrible.

IRetrouk152d ago

As a massive racing fan and gamer, I dissagree completely, the sim versions are great and so are the more arcade focused ones like this, was in two minds with the choppy footage we had seen, but it looks well on the ps5 so I might be getting it earlier than planned🤷‍♂️

SullysCigar152d ago

Dirt Rally is amazing in VR and controls beautifully.

gamer7804152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

IRetrouk that’s fine many people enjoy them it’s just not my friends and I’s racing group cup of tea

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TheTony316152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

And another one. Looks like the PS5, while weaker is actually the better designed console with less bottlenecks. And don't forget the Dual Sense. Oh boy, can't even imagine the meltdown if Cyberpunk turns out to be superior on PS5, lol.

shabz666152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

lol that would definitely be someting, Microsofts line about sereis x being the most powerful console unfortunately is not panning out. Dirt 5 specifically seems to be a bug bringing xbox one texture quality to series x with high framerates possibly due to the universal sdk devs are using according to df. And the devs acknowledge the issue. Thats a massive problem for development if that can even happen in the first place.

buffig152d ago

It may be the most powerful, but it's not the most effective. This was always the danger of making your entire narrative about tflops. Sony never talked power, but they did talk speed. And speed is what we're getting.

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SullysCigar152d ago

Even the DualSense on its own is a big differentiator. Reviewers have been loving it, yet the devs have said they're not satisfied they've got the best from the controller, so are reworking it and rolling out a patch!

Great to see the 3rd party devs so absorbed by the possibilites DualSense offers the gamer!

TheTony316152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Yeah, got my PS5 today (EU) and played Astro Bot. By far the best controller i've ever had.

angh152d ago

Obviously ps5 is not weaker here. Comparing only tflops is simply stupid, is like comparing engine capacity - difference in capacity do not decide which is faster.

purple101152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

That's a real good comparison actually.

An old american v8 4.0litre will get say 350-500 horse power

But a Ferrari with a v8 4.0litre can get 500 -700 horsepower

This comparison seems totally fair.....untill you realise the ferarri is half the weight.

It's these type of things make you realise there's more going on under the curtain. Things that arn't always immediately visiable

purple101152d ago

What's funny is the Xbot's are going to say...wait till it's optimised -

but I'm going to say wait till Sony makes use of their fast SSD

.. it's going to be nail in the coffin once it's actually used for games -and not just to improve loading times by a couple of seconds.

Bronbron92152d ago

If cyber punk looks better on ps5 Microsoft will really look bad and I think if that were the outcome they’ll try to win Bethesda over to get all games exclusives to them to cover their ass lol

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shabz666152d ago

It seems like having a vrr tv for series x seems to solve the screen tearing, i'm glad i picked up the LGCX. anyone looking into new 4k tvs i would recommend going for that.

Btf_1991152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Most of us are not sitting on that kind of money


Then why are you worried about 120 fps?

Btf_1991152d ago

I'm not worried about about 120fps. What led you to think I am?

Rainbowcookie152d ago

Also burn in deters me from borrowing that kind of money too🤣

Kornholic152d ago (Edited 152d ago )

Burn-in is an old meme. The risk of getting a burn-in on a modern OLED TV while viewing a variety of content is almost non-existent. Worrying about that is silly and irrational.

shabz666152d ago

@ rainbowcookie.

I am also constantly tensed about burn in, but honestly the picture quality and black levels on the tv is so good, lol. There are options like a pixel refresher and a static logo luminescence adjuster that can help with burn in prevention. So far so good though.


You can get a 65 inch for 1700 now, that a great price.

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yeahokwhatever151d ago

the game got patched and im not seeing tearing anymore on the PS5.