Which next-gen console is more powerful: PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? How do PS5 and Xbox Series X’s tech specs compare? Now that Sony has lifted the lid on PS5’s technical specifications, we can work out roughly how the two consoles stack up against each other. Below, we’re going to throw together all the tech specs we know about so we can work out which console has the best technical performance.
Sony has finally unveiled its PlayStation 5 specs today, and there are some surprisingly big differences between the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are still arriving at the end of the year, and we’re now starting to get a better idea of what both Microsoft and Sony have prioritized for next-gen games. Sony has picked different CPU, GPU, and even SSD speeds that will impact how next-gen games are developed for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
On the PS5 side, the console has eight AMD-based Zen 2 cores clocked at 3.5GHz each, compared to eight AMD-based Zen 2 cores clocked at 3.8GHz each on the Xbox Series X. With simultaneous multithreading (SMT) enabled on the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s CPU cores drop to 3.6GHz each, so the difference here seems relatively minor on paper.
It’s the GPU and SSD sides where the PS5 and Xbox Series X really differ. Sony has opted for a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU inside the PS5, which provides 10.28 teraflops of power with 36 compute units running at 2.23GHz each. Microsoft has picked a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU for the Xbox Series X, but it can hit 12 teraflops of power with 52 compute units at 1.825GHz each.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X Technical Specifications Comparison
Here are all the tech specs for PS5 and Xbox Series X in a handy table. The better specifications are highlighted with bold text. Which console is more powerful?
|Tech Specs||PS5||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz|
|GPU Architecture||Custom RDNA 2||Custom RDNA 2|
|Die Size||—||360.45 mm²|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6/256-bit||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance Target||—||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
|Dimensions||—||151mm x 151mm x 301mm|
Is PS5 or Xbox Series X the More Powerful Console?
On paper, it looks like Xbox Series X is technically the more impressive next-gen console. However, looking at all the facts and figures, it seems PS5 and Xbox Series X will be extremely similar on a technical level. Both have high speed SSDs, both have eight-core processors running neck and neck, and both will make use of expandable storage. There’s hardly anything in it, really.
If we’re to pick a winner based on the above, it would appear Microsoft has the edge over Sony, but it looks as though PS5’s SSD is outrageously fast — more so than even the Series X. It’s a close run race, in other words. Whichever next-gen console you buy, it’ll be substantially more powerful than the current-gen machines.