In recent days, both Microsoft and Sony have made public the hardware specifications of the new consoles. We have summarized and compared the most important points of PS5 and Xbox Series X for you. We’ve put the specifications table at the top of the page so you don’t have to scroll through it.
|Console||PS5||Xbox series X|
|CPU||8 Core Zen 2|
@ max 3.5 GHz
|8 Core Zen 2 @ 3.66-3.8 GHz|
|GPU||RDNA v2 with 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz (10.3 TeraFlops)||RDNA v2 with 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz (12 TeraFlops)|
|RAM||16 GB GDDR6 @ 448 GB/s||10 GB GDDR6 @ 560 GB/s + 6 GB GDDR6 @ 336 GB/s|
|Built-in storage||825 GB PCIe Gen4 SSD @ 5.5 GB/s||1 TB PCIe Gen4 SSD @ 2.4 GB/s|
|Storage Expansion||NVMe-SSDs (M2), which are fast enough||Only designated NVMe-SSDs by Seagate|
|Confirmed Resolution||4K @ 60 fps (up to 120 fps) |
|4K @ 60 fps (up to 120 fps)|
|Audio||Tempest 3D Audio Engine||Custom Audio Hardware Block|
|Backwards Compatibilty||Only PS4 & PS4 Pro||All Xbox generations|
|Launch||Probably Q4 2020||Probably Q4 2020|
|Price||Not yet disclosed||Not yet disclosed|
For a long time it all sounded like the consoles would be very similar in terms of performance. Now it is clear that the Xbox Series X has more power on paper.
The often mentioned raytracing will be possible with both consoles, but it is not yet possible to say to what extent.
Xbox Series X has more Power
As you can see from the table relatively quickly, the Xbox Series X brings more CPU and GPU power to the table. Because on the one hand the processor can be clocked faster and the graphics card delivers up to 12 instead of only 10.3 Teraflops. This means that the multiplatform titles on the Xbox Series X could look a little The color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. better. However, both companies rely on the super fast NVMe SSDs, which can also be seen as a kind of extended memory. And in this respect, the Xbox Series X lags behind the PS5.
But what will certainly please all Xbox fans is that the new console will be completely backwards compatible. This means that all Xbox games from all generations can be played on the Xbox.
Of course, the Xbox Series X also comes with an extra audio chip that enables not only object-based surround sound but also audio ray tracing. Furthermore, both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos should be possible.
Unfortunately there will be only one official, external memory expansion for the time being. Microsoft is working together with Seagate on this. Seagate will then probably offer a dedicated 1TB memory extension. According to market experts, this will probably cost over 100€.
PS5 – even faster SSD!
The Sony Playstation 5 has a somewhat weaker processor and graphics performance on paper than the Xbox Series X. However, the PS5 has two immense advantages. The first advantage is that there will already be exclusive titles for the PS5 when it is launches in the holiday season. This is not the case with the Xbox Series X. The second advantage is that the SSD is more than twice as fast. And this point is extremely important. Because in addition to shorter loading times and so on, the SSDs on both consoles are also intended to serve as a kind of RAM expansion and here the PS5 has a clear advantage.
Sony’s argumentation or rather the underlying idea is to make it as easy and pleasant as possible for game developers. Sony hopes for impressive exclusive titles as a result.
The PS5 uses its own object-based audio format, which is said to be even better than Dolby Atmos. To what extent Dolby Atmos or DTS:X are supported is not yet known.
Sony has announced that there is no exclusive memory expansion, but there may be competition. The SSDs would only have to meet Sony’s high standards. There is still no list of recommended SSDs from Sony…
Next Gen console vs Gaming PC
Many will now think: “All well and good, but a High-END Gaming PC is even better!
But the sentence is only correct at first glance. Because the first thing to consider is that the consoles will probably be considerably cheaper than a high-end gaming PC. And more importantly, the consoles have the hardware designed so that the games can be developed for them. Combined with what you can get out of the fast SSD, this makes the consoles serious competitors, even for gaming PCs.
Which console is better?
It will be difficult to answer this question. According to our estimates, the performance is close enough to each other that hardly anyone will “change camp”. The PS5 will probably score with considerably more and probably better exclusive titles. But the Xbox Series X will be better in terms of raw performance. This will then become particularly apparent with multi-platform titles. So it’s actually the same game as Xbox One X and PS4 Pro…
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