Xbox Series X is way more powerful than PS5 — here's how much more

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

What you need to know

  • Xbox Series X is more powerful than the PlayStation 5.
  • Microsoft's console has a minimum 1.875 teraflops advantage over Sony's machine.
  • Sony decided to go with a faster solid-state drive and forgo a rapid-switch external storage solution.
  • The processors of both consoles are roughly the same.

It's official. The Xbox Series X is more powerful than the PlayStation 5 (PS5). Today, Sony hosted a "Road to PS5" event in which designer Mark Cerny revealed the capabilities of the console. However, it seems like Eurogamer was able to get the specifications ahead and time and revealed them just as the event started.

The biggest takeaway from the event was the fact that the Xbox Series X is considerably more powerful than the PS5. The Xbox Series X features a faster processor, clocked in at 3.8 GHz, and a better graphic processing unit (GPU) that's a minimum 1.875 teraflops (TFLOPs) more powerful than the chip found inside the PS5, when it's running at its maximum speed. For reference, that's the power of a standalone PlayStation 4, but since this is AMD's next-generation architecture, the difference is even greater, maybe even double the real-world performance due to better efficiency. It also seems like the PS5 doesn't feature variable-rate shading, so real-world graphics may take a noticeable hit on the console.

The one great feature Cerny discussed about the PS5 — and where it beats the Xbox Series X — is the solid-state drive (SSD) speed. You can take a look at the complete breakdown below.

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CategoryXbox Series XPlayStation 5
Processor8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU8x Cores @ 3.5 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU (variable)
Graphics12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 210.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2 (variable)
Memory16 GB GDDR6, 320 mb bus16 GB GDDR6, 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s448GB/s
Internal Storage1 TB Custom NVME SSD825 GB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)5.5 GB/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-
Release dateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020

The SSD on the PS5 is considerably faster than the one found in the Xbox Series X. However, Microsoft implemented other unique features that should mitigate the difference. However, only time will tell. At the end of the day, the GPU is mainly responsible for providing the best visuals, and Microsoft knocked it out of the park.

I expected Xbox Series X multiplatform games to look better than their PS5 counterparts because developers will likely implement better effects. It'll probably be similar to what you see between the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro nowadays.

With that said, Sony has a much better library of games at the moment. Microsoft needs to show us that its recent acquisitions are working on stellar experiences that rival those produced by Nintendo and Sony. Power matters towards the beginning of a generation, but games win the war. Right now, prospective buyers should be glad that Microsoft learned for its mistakes and didn't lose out on power again.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.