PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: an honorable fight of SSD and GPU speeds

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: an honorable fight of SSD and GPU speeds

Sony has within the kill unveiled its PlayStation 5 specs on the present time, and there are some surprisingly righteous variations between the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are unruffled arriving on the close of the year, and we’re now beginning to get a bigger conception of what both Microsoft and Sony beget prioritized for next-gen games. Sony has picked assorted CPU, GPU, and even SSD speeds that will impression how next-gen games are developed for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

On the PS5 aspect, the console has eight AMD-basically based mostly Zen 2 cores clocked at three.5GHz every, as compared with eight AMD-basically based mostly Zen 2 cores clocked at three.8GHz every on the Xbox Series X. With simultaneous multithreading (SMT) enabled on the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s CPU cores fall to three.6GHz every, so the distinction right here looks comparatively minor on paper.

It’s the GPU and SSD facets the place the PS5 and Xbox Series X genuinely vary. Sony has opted for a customised AMD RDNA 2-basically based mostly GPU all the arrangement in which thru the PS5, which provides 10.28 teraflops of energy with 36 compute items working at 2.23GHz every. Microsoft has picked a customised AMD RDNA 2-basically based mostly GPU for the Xbox Series X, on the alternative hand it might per chance well hit 12 teraflops of energy with 52 compute items at 1.825GHz every.

PS5 vs. Xbox Series X

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Tag TBA TBA $499.00 $249.00 $399.00 $249.99 $299.99
Processor AMD Zen 2 (three.5GHz, eight-core) AMD Zen 2 (three.8GHz, eight-core) AMD Jaguar (2.3GHz, eight-core) AMD Jaguar (1.75GHz, eight-core) AMD Jaguar (2.1GHz, eight-core) AMD Jaguar (1.6GHz, eight-core) ARM Cortex A57 (1.02GHz, quad-core)
GPU AMD RDNA 2 (10.28 teraflops, 36CU) AMD RDNA 2 (12 teraflops, 52CU) Integrated AMD (6 teraflops, 40CU) Integrated AMD Radeon (1.4 teraflops, 12CU) Integrated AMD Radeon Polaris (4.2 teraflops, 36CU) Integrated AMD Radeon (1.eighty 4 teraflops, 18CU) Nvidia Maxwell (zero.5 teraflops, unofficially)
Reminiscence 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6 12GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 8GB GDDR5, 1GB DDR3 8GB GDDR5 4GB LPDDR4
Storage 825GB (NVMe SSD) 1TB (NVMe SSD) 1TB 500GB, 1TB, 2TB 1TB 500GB, 1TB 32GB
Optical drive 4K Extremely HD Blu-ray 4K Extremely HD Blu-ray 4K Extremely HD Blu-ray 4K Extremely HD Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray N/A
4K beef up Yes Yes Yes Yes (video simplest) Yes No No
8K beef up Yes Yes No No No No No
HDR beef up Yes Yes HDR10 HDR10 HDR10 HDR10 No
Ports TBA Three USB-A three.zero ports, HDMI (out), proprietary reminiscence slot Three USB three.zero, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), IR, optical audio Three USB three.zero, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), IR, optical audio Three USB three.1, one Aux, HDMI (out), optical audio Two USB three.1, one Aux, HDMI (out) USB-C, microSD, three.5mm headphone
Weight TBA TBA eight.4 pounds 6.4 pounds 7.2 pounds 4.6 pounds zero.88 pounds
Dimensions (in.) TBA 5.94 x 5.94 x Eleven.Eighty five Eleven.eight x 9.4 x 2.4 Eleven.6 x 9.1 x 2.5 12.eight x Eleven.6 x 2.1 Eleven.three x 10.4 x 1.fifty four 9.4 x 4 x zero.fifty five

Sony is using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU, which we’d generally refer as to enhance clocks on PCs. It’s a itsy-bitsy bit assorted, even though. In an interview with Eurogamer, Sony PS5 intention architect Mark Cerny reveals the console has a position energy budget that’s tied to the thermal limits of the intention. That methodology the PS5 performance will fluctuate relying on how grand it’s being pushed by games.

Sony is hoping that by offering builders much less compute items working at a variable (and greater) clock rate, the corporate might be ready to extract greater performance out of the PS5. The actuality is that this might occasionally perchance well require builders to close extra work to optimize games for the console till we can learn the arrangement in which it compares to the (extra highly positive on paper) Xbox Series X.

Storage is the place the Xbox Series X and PS5 vary radically. Sony has created an outstanding proprietary SSD solution that offers 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance. The Xbox Series X involves a customised 1TB NVME SSD, but its raw throughput is lower than half of at 2.4GB/s. That will perchance well also mean load instances vary massively between the PS5 and Xbox Series X, relying on what game builders optimize for.

Sony is also allowing PS5 householders to develop storage with normal NVMe PC drives, but there’s a itsy-bitsy caveat. We’re unruffled ready to detect PCIe 4.zero-basically based mostly drives that will match the bandwidth of what Sony has implemented within the PS5, and compatibility might be complex offered that Sony will beget to validate that drives might be speedily ample and smartly marvelous with the PS5.

Sony’s expansion does mean that PS5 householders desires to be ready to determine on out up a like a flash PCIe 4.zero NVMe drive and magnify the storage of the console with relative ease. Microsoft is using a proprietary expansion card format for the Xbox Series X, and it has partnered with Seagate to compose 1TB expansion playing cards for commence. We unruffled don’t know the worth of those proprietary playing cards, nor how grand speedily PCIe 4.zero NVMe drives will price later this year.

Sony hasn’t revealed any additional itsy-bitsy print about the software aspect of the PS5 on the present time, nor how games will spend income of the promised real-time ray tracing. On the Microsoft aspect, we’ve considered an indication of Rapid Resume that lets in you to love a flash change between Xbox Series X games even after the console has been rebooted for a intention update.

Sony’s PS5 GPU

We’re also unruffled ready to detect what the PS5 genuinely seems like. Sony continues to determine on out the originate of the console a closely guarded secret, whereas Microsoft supplied a first behold on the Xbox Series X final year. Microsoft also revealed the staunch dimensions of the Series X earlier this week.

Finally, how the next-gen console competitors will pan out will depend vastly on two things: games and designate. Sony took an early lead in PS4 sales thanks to being priced $100 lower than the Xbox One. Microsoft has dedicated to no longer making that mistake again with the Xbox Series X, but neither company has supplied any hints at pricing beautiful but.

Video games and the underlying ecosystem will outline the success of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Sony has had a hasten of righteous exclusives on the PS4, and the momentum has left the Xbox One struggling. We’re unruffled ready to listen to what forms of games might be readily on the market at commence for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Microsoft has dedicated to launching Halo Limitless alongside the Series X, but this might occasionally perchance well moreover be readily on the market on PC.

Xbox Series X processor

Microsoft’s acknowledge to games might per chance well also come within the compose of Xbox Game Pass and its subscription technique. It’s definite Microsoft has been pursuing a Netflix-vogue game service, and the corporate is even planning to tie Xbox Game Pass and xCloud game streaming together later this year. Microsoft has also been acquiring studios to get unfamiliar Xbox games, but there won’t be any unfamiliar first-celebration Xbox Series X games at commence.

How game builders acknowledge to the energy of both consoles might be well-known within the arrival months. Video games beget to compose order of this novel energy, in particular for load instances, physique charges, and real-time ray tracing. We’ve simplest considered tech demos of how load speeds will work to date, but despite the incontrovertible truth that existing games get a righteous enhance to performance, that might be a righteous ample promoting point alone.

It’s now all eyes on the months ahead as game builders put together to unveil next-gen titles that will genuinely present what the PS5 and Xbox Series X are excellent of.