PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – who finally gets the crown?

Sony PS5 & Xbox Series X

Less than 48 hours after the release of the official specs of the Microsoft Xbox Series X, Sony also officially announced the specs of PlayStation 5. In all honesty, looking at the specs of these consoles, it’s quite difficult to point out a clear cut winner. The table below lists all the important points of these consoles.

Microsoft Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – Specs Comparison

PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency, with SMT)
8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz
(3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs,
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
12.16 TFLOPs,
52 CUs at 1.825GHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 10GB at 560GB/s,
6GB at 336GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB NVMe SSD 1TB Custom NVMe SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw),
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
2.4GB/s (Raw),
4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot 1TB Expansion Card
External Storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
HDMI 2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR) 2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)
Backward compatibility PlayStation 4 Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – CPU

Now, let us look at the specs of these consoles. For the CPU, the PlayStation 5 comes with an 8-core Zen2 chip with a frequency of 3.5GHz. However, the Microsoft Xbox Series X also uses an 8-core Zen2 chip, but with a frequency of 3.8GHz.

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PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – GPU

In terms of GPUs,  PS5 uses 36 sets of CU units and an RDNA2 architecture. This number is much less than XSX which has 52 sets of CU units. However, the core frequency of the GPU of the PS5 is extremely fast, reaching 2.23GHz while the XSX is only 1.825GHz. The floating-point performance of the two is 10.28TFLOPS and 12TFLOPS respectively.

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As for such a high frequency, will it reduce during operation? Yes, it will. Nevertheless, Sony claims that in the worst case, a 10% reduction in power consumption will only reduce the frequency slightly, without much impact. Sony said at the press conference that the CPU and GPU frequencies actually change dynamically.

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – Memory

The PS5’s memory is 16GB GDDR6, 256bit wide and 448GB / s. Although Microsoft XSX is also 16GB GDDR6, it is divided into 10GB and 6GB. The former has a bandwidth of 560GB / s. while the latter is 336GB / s.

For the hard disk, the PS5 y a PCIe 4.0 hard disk, with a performance of 5.5GB / s and compressed data of 8-9GB / s, which is stronger than the 2.4GB / s XSX host. However, in terms of capacity, the PS5 is 825GB and the XSX is 1TB.

In terms of expansion, the PS5 also supports USB mobile hard drives and 4K Blu-ray drives. These two points are the same as XSX, but there is no XSX dedicated expansion SSD. Sony’s view is different from Microsoft’s and does not engage in a dedicated interface.

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X – other aspects

In other respects, the PS5/XSX will also support 8K and 4K 120Hz games. It will also be backward compatible with PS4 games. However, XSX will be backward compatible with Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

This is the side by side comparison between the PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X. Now you be the judge. Who is the winner? Let us know your thought in the comment section below

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