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.
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)
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
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),
|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.
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.
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