Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5 (PS5) specs list

Xbox Series X Board
Xbox Series X Board (Image credit: Microsoft)

Xbox Series X Chip

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Sony has finally broken the silence on PlayStation 5, unveiling a tease of its next-generation console, and providing our first hardware specifications. It outlines a highly capable system over double the graphical capability of the PlayStation 4 Pro, and tailing Microsoft's rival Xbox Series X. The first talk of system specifications also comes just two days after similar details broke on Xbox Series X, providing our first opportunity for a head-to-head comparison between the next-generation titans.

The Xbox Series X is scheduled to top the next-generation console lineup in terms of raw processing power, outpacing Sony's CPU and GPU combo, and extending to other components of the system. And while the base storage also provided additional storage to Xbox Series X users, the option for standard PC NVMe SSDs for expansion provides flexibility over Microsoft's proprietary memory card. However, with pricing still unconfirmed for both systems, it's unclear how hardware differences will translate to assumedly high costs.

We've wrapped up the full PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X specifications below, as unveiled via Sony's March preview stream.

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CategoryXbox Series XPlayStation 5
Processor8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU
Graphics12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 210.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2
Memory16 GB GDDR6, 320mb bus16 GB GDDR6, 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s448GB/s
Internal Storage1 TB Custom NVME SSD825GB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)5.5GB/s (Raw), 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage1 TB Custom SSD expansion cardNVMe SSD slot
External StorageUSB external HDD supportUSB external HDD support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray drive4K UHD Blu-Ray drive
Size301mm x 151mm x 151mm (estimate)Unknown
Release dateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020

We still have a ton of details to learn about both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, with information on pricing and availability yet to be confirmed. Similarly, the full lineup of games at launch remains a mystery for both consoles, with more expected on both throughout 2020.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.