Xbox Series X is way more powerful than PS5 — here's how much more
Now we finally know.
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.
|Category||Xbox Series X||PlayStation 5|
|Processor||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU||8x Cores @ 3.5 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU (variable)|
|Graphics||12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2||10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2 (variable)|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6, 320 mb bus||16 GB GDDR6, 256-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s||448GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD||825 GB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)||5.5 GB/s (Raw), 8-9GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||1 TB Custom SSD expansion card||NVMe SSD slot|
|External Storage||USB external HDD support||USB external HDD support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray drive|
|Size||301mm x 151mm x 151mm||-|
|Release date||Holiday 2020||Holiday 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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What exactly are you expecting from next generation launch titles on either system that is considered a true paradigm shift in the way games have worked since the 360/ps3 generation? By the time these new systems are becoming familiar to game devs where they can bring some game changing features it will be 1.5 or 2 years in. So please if you can tell me how the xbox one is gonna hinder the series x games from using all the above features i listed im all ears. Plus with the new xbox your gonna get next gen upgraded xbox one games for free if you already own them while sony seems to barely have backwards compatibility fleshed out for the ps5. By the way i own all current gen game consoles and i have always owned every console every gen since the ps1 era so dont start calling me a fanboy
Critical acclaim excepted.
LOL another typical Richard Loveridge LIE.
This is why MS went with a fully-custom solution they can control 100%. No surprises.
I bet if Sony had used Pentium CPU and Intel's GPU with this said SSD, y'all would have still said the same thing about the absolute genius of Sony. Suddenly, facts don't matter anymore.
All what you listed are function of the specs' performances. Gracefully switch between your apps/games, how fast, boot times, Load times, multitasking, game resume mode etc. almost all this have been demonstrated. I can tell you from what MSFT have openly shared, they plan to fully take advantage of this console power