PS5 vs Xbox Series X specs – which console is more powerful?

By Kirk McKeand
18 March 2020 16:37 GMT

Sony has been keeping its cards pretty close to its chest with the reveal of the PS5, slowly trickling information down to the masses. Today that silence is finally over and we know exactly how powerful the PS5 is.

Microsoft recently showed off the full weight of the Xbox Series X, so we’ve put together a table that shows the two consoles side by side. In terms of raw power, Microsoft is a clear winner.

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X - how do the specs compare?

So. PlayStation 5. Xbox Series X. Plus their last-generation siblings. How do all the specifications and numbers compare and stack up? Here's them all in one place.
 PlayStation 5Xbox Series XPlayStation 4Xbox One X
CPU8 Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5GHz (variable frequency)8x Cores @ 3.8GHz8 Jaguar Cores @ 1.6GHz8x Cores @ 2.3 GHz
Custom Jaguar CPU
GPU10.28 teraflops
36 CUs @ 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Custom RDNA 2
12 teraflops
52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz
Custom RDNA 2
1.84 teraflops
18 CUs @ 800MHz
Custom GCN
40 CUs @ 1.172 GHz
Custom GCN + Polaris
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s10GB @ 560 GB/s
6GB @ 336 GB/s
176GB/s326 GB/s
Internal Storage825GB Custom SSD 1TB Custom NVME SSD500GB HDD1TB HDD
IO ThroughputRaw: 5.5GB per-second
Compressed: Typical 8-9GB per-second
Raw: 2.4 GB/s
Compressed: 4.8 GB/s
Around 50-100MB/s
120 MB/s
(discounts seek overhead & system usage)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot1 TB Expansion Card
Identical performance to internal storage
Replaceable internal HDDn/a
External StorageUSB HDD SupportUSB 3.2 External HDDUSB HDD SupportUSB 3.2 External HDD
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray DriveBlu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

How much does this factor into your next-gen buying decisions? We currently don’t have any word on games, but will you wait to see what exclusives are on the horizon before you make up your mind or will you go for the more powerful machine? How much will price factor into your decision?

While we still have no word on the price of the PS5 or Xbox Series X, both consoles are due out before the end of the year, assuming they’re not delayed by the coronavirus. Hopefully they’re not pushed back too long – sales of PS4 and Xbox One have declined since the announcement of next-gen machines, so people are clearly ready for the jump.

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