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||Xbox Series X||PlayStation 4||Xbox One X|
|CPU||8 Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5GHz (variable frequency)||8x Cores @ 3.8GHz||8 Jaguar Cores @ 1.6GHz||8x Cores @ 2.3 GHz Custom Jaguar CPU|
|GPU||10.28 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||6 TFLOPS 40 CUs @ 1.172 GHz Custom GCN + Polaris|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5||12 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s 6GB @ 336 GB/s||176GB/s||326 GB/s|
|Internal Storage||825GB Custom SSD||1TB Custom NVME SSD||500GB HDD||1TB HDD|
|IO Throughput||Raw: 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 Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card Identical performance to internal storage||Replaceable internal HDD||n/a|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||Blu-ray Drive||4K 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.