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PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett Specs Comparison – What We Know So Far (UPDATED 16/08/19)

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PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett Console Specs – which one is better? Well, though it’s a touch too early to definitively tell just yet, we do have some details and specifications that we can use to create a limited comparison between the forthcoming two next-generation consoles.

After Sony unleashed some of the first details regarding the next-generation PlayStation 5 at the end of April and Microsoft unveiled the first details of its vision for the next-generation Xbox codenamed Project Scarlett at E3 2019, we certainly know more than we did at the beginning of the year.

Regardless, keep this page bookmarked because as we learn new details about each console we’ll update this feature – and the current winner results accordingly.

So… FIGHT! Or something. Also please note, the ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ are only based on what we know now in pitting the two consoles against each other; a lot can, and likely will, change.

Updated 16/08/19: Added in link to GTX 2070 comparisons under GPU heading

How Does PS5 Compare To Xbox Scarlett?

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – CPU

PS5 CPU: We know that the PS5 is packing an eight-core, third-gen variant of AMD’s Ryzen CPU – what we don’t know at this point are the clock speeds, however. Nonetheless, even in the absence of such specifics, it’s clear that PS5 is a technological monster in this regard.

Xbox Scarlett CPU: No details were revealed about the sort of CPU that Project Scarlett will have – which is odd given that Microsoft was much more forthcoming about the GPU side of things…

Current Winner: PS5

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – GPU & Visuals

PS5 GPU & Visuals: Along side its mammoth CPU, PS5 also boasts cutting edge AMD Navi tech where its GPU is concerned. When taken in tandem with the CPU, this not only means that the PS5 is capable of outputting some incredible visuals at 8K resolution, but that it is also wholly capable of rendering all manner of fancy effects (such as Ray Tracing) at high resolutions, too. A recent report has even pegged the PS5’s GPU being able to outperform the new GTX 2070 Super PC graphics card too – quite a feat indeed!

Xbox Scarlett GPU & Visuals: Seemingly neck and neck with the PS5, Project Scarlett will also boast AMD silicon for its GPU, boasting AMD Navi technology that permits 8K visuals, 4K visuals at 60/120 frames per second, real-time raytracing (Microsoft went a step further here stating that the raytracing would be hardware accelerated) which results in a machine that is four times more powerful than Xbox One X.

The funny thing about Microsoft boasting that the Xbox Scarlett can do hardware accelerated raytracing is that the AMD Navi chipset doesn’t support it. So what else is Microsoft packing into the Xbox Scarlett to enable this? Time will tell, or of course, it could all be a load of techno-bull. This looks like a tie to us.

Current Winner: Tie

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PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Memory

PS5 Memory: Though we have no idea as to how much RAM that PS5 will pack into its chassis, we can comfortably expect it to be somewhat north of the 8GB currently housed in the PS4 and PS4 Pro. 16GB seems like a safe bet to us.

Xbox Scarlett Memory: It was announced that Project Scarlett will use screamingly fast GDDR6 memory (PS4 Pro and Xbox One X use GDDR5 by comparison), but we don’t know in what amount quite yet.

Current Winner: Tie

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Storage Solution

PS5 Storage Solution: We know that the PS5 is ditching a regular HDD for something more exotic – namely a super-fast, proprietary SSD which boasts massively improved access and load times. What we don’t know, is just how much storage this will drive will provide players with at launch – our guess is 1TB.

Xbox Scarlett Storage Solution: Like the PS5, Project Scarlett will include a super fast SSD to completely reduce loading times. We don’t know how much it will be able to store either at this point, so all things look equal.

Current Winner: Tie

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Backwards Compatibility

PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Keen to not make the same mistake as last time (thanks in no small part to the PS3’s shall we say, ‘unique’ architecture), Sony have confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games, have crossplay between PS4 and PS5 and will also support use of PS4 saves, too.

Xbox Scarlett Backwards Compatibility: Already leading the field in the backwards compatibility stakes with the Xbox One X which can play two previous generations of Xbox games natively, it should come as little surprise that Microsoft have doubled down on this feature for their next-generation Xbox, by saying that the machine will satisfy users across four generations of Xbox content. Given how PS5 will likely only be directly compatible with PS4 games and perhaps have to stream the other two (or emulate PS2 game shabbily) MS has the lead here.

Current Winner: Microsoft

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Controller

PS5 Controller: Sony has yet to show off or provide any details regarding the controller that the PS5 will use.

Xbox Scarlett Controller: Presumably, Microsoft will use a variation of the latest iteration of the Elite Controller that they showcased at E3 2019, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Current Winner: Not known

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Physical Disc Drive

PS5 Physical Disc Drive: A physical disc drive has been confirmed for PS5 – what format it will be (4K Blu Ray etc.) we do not know as yet.

Xbox Scarlett Controller: Microsoft have confirmed that Project Scarlett will use a physical drive. Given that Xbox One X and Xbox One S both use 4K Blu Ray drives, I can’t imagine Scarlett employing anything lesser.

Current Winner: Not known

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Price

PS5 Price: Sony has yet to provide a price for the PS5, but £399/$499 seems likely we think.

Xbox Scarlett Price: Like Sony, Microsoft has provided no clue as to the price of Project Scarlett.

Current Winner: Not known

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Release Date

PS5 Release Date: No release date for the PS5 has been provided yet, but we do know that a 2019 release has been ruled out and instead, a 2020 release now looks likely.

Xbox Scarlett Release Date: Project Scarlett will release in Holiday 2020 – that’s a fact. Sony however, has been less than forthcoming about a release date at this point.

Current Winner: Project Scarlett.

PS5 Vs Xbox Scarlett – Games

PS5 Games: Though Sony has been coy in confirming the fate of its first-party offerings on PS5, we know that a lot of third-party publishers are gearing up to support PS5 with titles such as Grand Theft Auto 6, Call of Duty, Cyberpunk 2077, The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield and more, while other longer-running titles such as Rainbow Six: Siege have been confirmed to make the leap to PS5 as well.

Relatedly, it also looks like that Sony are on the hunt for new developer acquisitions with which to bolster out the PS5 launch and beyond, too. So don’t be surprised if you start hearing about Sony buying out studios in the run up to the release of PS5.

Xbox Scarlett Games: Well, we know that Project Scarlett will release with Halo Infinite, but beyond that we don’t know anything else. This effectively makes it a tie between the two consoles as Sony hasn’t been forthcoming about their software line-up either.

Current Winner: Tie

Over to you, Sony!

  • Living While Alive

    How is Sony the winner in cpu when both are using Zen 2, however neither speeds were given? Fanboy site

    • Freshie207

      Digital Foundry literally just had a video where they said that Project Scarletts confirmed specs are basically the same as PS5, their very much the experts in this feild

      • John Russell Sauquillo

        Of course …. The **APUs** used in both machines are from the same manufacturer, any difference will only be so they can’t play each other’s games ……

        Whatever comes out from either in 2020 the PC Gamers have already had since 2018 ….. The current Gen consoles are now close to 6 years old and likely 7 years are so far behind the PC it’s ridiculous ….. Every other piece of technology is on a 1-2 year development cycle except the game consoles which are still stuck in the 20th Century as far as development cycles go …..

        Both Sony and Microsoft are milking the crap out of the current Gen with the only winners being the Hedge Funds that invest in and control them ….. everyone else, PC Gamers included are all Losers thanks to Corporate Greed

  • Michael C

    Xbox Scarlett is thought to use z3 tech, and how do you do a win and loss based on nothing …such as gpu being a tie…. almost every report i have ever seen or read shows the next gen xbox will be more powerful. Fanboy nonsense

    • Marty8370

      Zen3 is BS as is not due out till after Next Crapbox is due too launch(so thats impossible)

    • john meta

      Actually recent rumors suggest the opposite but in actuality very few people know the actual specs. It could go either way until we know more. Regardless though, a slight edge in raw power of one console over the other will not make such a difference, there are other factors that will play a bigger role.

    • Sean Adams

      Your the one with the fanboy nonsense as you don’t know what the hell you are talking about. MS said in the video that it was Zen 2. You obviously didn’t watch any of this but choose to comment on something you know nothing about.#TYPICAL

  • Morganfell

    Microsoft is fond of saying, “The world’s most powerful console.” You didn’t hear that this time. What they said was they were building the most powerful console they had ever made. A small but very very significant difference. It could be they know their power bragging days will not be there at launch. There are more important features but this is still a matter of fact.

    • AnonFlow

      why would they say it before ps5 is reveal..

      I am happy MS doesn’t want to miss lead.

      Good job on them.

      • john meta

        They were saying that last year, they were promising the most powerful next-gen console. Now they changed it. Recent rumors suggest that the PS5 will have the edge but it could go either way. Not that it really matters, the difference will be minimal.

  • LostOdyssey

    Sorry but I don’t think you were paying enough attention my friend. Microsoft did real what CPU they will be using they’re using a AMD Zen 2 just like the PS5. Go listen to the trailer again.

  • Marty8370

    Next Crapbox pointless, just get PS5 & PC for Xbox) best of both
    worlds. PS5 day one for me, already have a PC). PC game pass will cost
    MS Next Crapbox hardware sales

    • Night Fall

      You can keep your PainStation

  • AnonFlow

    “Project Scarlett CPU: No details were revealed about the sort of CPU that Project Scarlett will have – which is odd given that Microsoft was much more forthcoming about the GPU side of things…

    Current Winner: PS5”

    “PS5 Memory: Though we have no idea as to how much RAM that PS5 will pack into its chassis, we can comfortably expect it to be somewhat north of the 8GB currently housed in the PS4 and PS4 Pro. 16GB seems like a safe bet to us.

    Current Winner: Tie”

    LOL we get it you love sony it’s psu

  • Night Fall

    Ok all you folks are tremendously forgetting the fact that Microsoft only named project Scarlett never did they mention project anaconda yet 🤦🏽‍♂️

    • Freshie207

      Project Scarlett was the codename for both iterations of the next Xbox (Anaconda and Lockhart), microsoft was clearly talking about Anaconda at the showcase as Lockhart was rumoured to have specs not that much above the current Xbox One X (Just in a cheaper form). What’s more interesting is that there was no mention of different tiers? Maybe Lockhart has hit the bin in exchange for XCloud

  • Kev

    Looks like VR is not even an option for Scarlett. Lots of people will go with the PS5 even if they don’t pick up the next PSVR because at least it’s an option.

  • Iowahorse

    Ps5 for me. Play WarThunder Online FREE! http://warthunder.com/en/registration?r=userinvite_84016825

  • Mark Alpert

    Sony 1st party means PS5 for me