Specs Comparison: PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X

Specs-wise, both next-gen consoles do not disappoint!

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Yesterday at 12am (PHT), Sony unveiled the full specs of its upcoming console, the PlayStation 5. Given that Microsoft also revealed the full specs of the Xbox Series X earlier this week, we finally have an idea on how these two next-gen consoles will square up in terms of hardware.

So here it is, the full specs of the PS5 and Xbox Series X side-by-side:

 PlayStation 5Xbox Series X
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency, with SMT)
8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz
(3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU10.28 TFLOPs,
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
12.16 TFLOPs,
52 CUs at 1.825GHz
GPU ArchitectureCustom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Custom RDNA 2
w/ hardware RT support
Memory16GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s10GB at 560GB/s,
6GB at 336GB/s
Internal StorageCustom 825GB NVMe SSD1TB Custom NVMe SSD
IO Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw),
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
2.4GB/s (Raw),
4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot1TB Expansion Card
External StorageUSB HDD SupportUSB HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
HDMI2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)2.1 (4K/120Hz, 8K, VRR)
Backwards compatibilityPlayStation 4Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Both consoles share a number of similarities such as CPUs with 8 Zen 2 cores, SSD storage, and 4K UHD Blu-ray Drives. One of the biggest differences though is that the Xbox Series X’s GPU has 12.16 TFLOPs while the PS5’s GPU has 10.28 TFLOPs. This means that in terms of raw power output, the Xbox Series X’s GPU is more powerful than that of the PS5.

This doesn’t mean that the PS5 is an underpowered console though — far from it. TeraFLOPS aren’t everything after all, so we’ll have to wait and see how multi-platform titles perform on both consoles to see the actual difference in power. Plus, the PS5 has the advantage when it comes to IO Throughput, meaning it can read/write data faster which can massively speed up texture, level, and audio streaming in games.

What do you think of the PS5 and Xbox Series X’s specs? Sound off on the comments below!

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