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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs Comparison – What We Know So Far

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Console Specs – which one is better? Well, now we have a fairly concrete idea of the specs for both PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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 16/03/2020: Added in fully revealed Xbox Series X and PS5 specifications into all categories.

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – How Does PS5 Compare To Xbox Series X?

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – CPU

PS5 CPU: We now know that the PS5 is packing an eight Zen2 core, sixteen thread variant of AMD’s Ryzen CPU, at 3.5GHz. On the face of it, the Xbox Series X would seem to be the winner.

Xbox Series X CPU: Xbox Series X brings a similar Zen 2 eight core, 16 thread variant of AMDs Ryzen CPU to the table. With a default clock speed of 3.6Ghz which can be ramped up to a seriously fast 3.8Ghz when hyper-threading is disabled, Xbox Series X developers will be able to choose one performance mode or the other depending on their development priorities. Of the eight cores, seven are dedicated for games where as the eighth is set aside for OS/Shell tasks.

Current Winner: Xbox Series X

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – GPU & Visuals

PS5 GPU & Visuals: Alongside 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 hardware Ray Tracing) at high resolutions, too. The PS5 has a 10.28 Teraflop GPU, with 36 CUs at 2.23GHz

And again, there is much more to next-gen consoles than just Teraflops, as other hardware innovations such as super fast, low-level SSD’s are not included in this figure, but remain game changers in their own right.

Xbox Series X GPU & Visuals: Xbox Series X will also boast AMD silicon for its GPU, boasting AMD Navi technology that permits 8K visuals, 4K visuals at 60/120 frames per second, hardware based real-time raytracing. Additionally, the Xbox Series X GPU architecture boasts a custom RDNA 2 based graphics processor that kicks out an impressive 3328 shaders over 52 compute units (CUs).

The Xbox Series X GPU clock speed is set at 1825Mhz, with the GPU kicking out a fairly monstrous 12.155 Teraflop compute performance to boot.

Current Winner: Xbox Series X

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – Memory

PS5 Memory: It has now been confirmed that the PS5 will have 16GB of GDDR6 Memory.

Xbox Series X Memory: It was announced that Xbox Series X will use screamingly fast GDDR6 memory (PS4 Pro and Xbox One X use GDDR5 by comparison). Specifically, the Xbox Series X has 16GB of GDDR6, with a 320-bit interface that permits an optimal bandwidth of 560GB/Sec for 10GB of that total and a ‘standard’ bandwidth for the remaining 6GB that will clock in at 336GB/Sec.

Of that 16GB total, 13.5GB will be made available to developers. Furthermore, the Xbox Series X supports quick resume on at least 3 games running simultaneously, too.

Current Winner: Tie

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – 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. The SSD will have 825GB of storage. Additionally, the SSD within the PS5 is over twice the speed of the one found in the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Scarlett Storage Solution: Like the PS5, Xbox Series X will include a super fast, NVMe SSD to completely reduce loading times. Boasting a 1TB NVMe SSD drive that’s clocked at 2.4GB/sec that supports ‘DirectStorage’, developers can use certain portions of the SSD as a form of secondary memory to speed up things such as texture streaming.

Current Winner: PS5

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – 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. Although, this appears to be limited to most of the top 100 played PS4 games. It doesn’t look like PS3, PS2, and PS1 games will be backwards compatibility.

Xbox Series X 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.

More than that, Microsoft has also baked backwards compatibility into Xbox Series X at the hardware level, allowing gamers to load up and previous gen Xbox title and enjoy the benefits that the faster loading times of SSD bring, in addition to the faster, more powerful CPU and GPU architecture as well.

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: Xbox Series X

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – Controller

PS5 Controller: Stopping short of calling it the ‘Dualshock 5’ Sony has unveiled a whole host of new details about the controller that the PS5 will use. Including such features as adaptive triggers, haptic feedback and improved speaker sound, it certainly looks like Sony is doing more with its next-generation pad than many of us could have hoped for.

Xbox Scarlett Controller: Leveraging an improved version of the current Xbox Elite Controller, the pad that comes with the Xbox Series X is one that has emphasis on the eradication of latency through an extremely fast wireless connection, and one that runs in tandem with TVs that possess a HDMI 2.1 connection in order to take advantage of next-gen functions such as Variable Refresh Rate and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode).

Current Winner: Sony (Until we know more)

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – Physical Disc Drive

PS5 Physical Disc Drive: A 4K Blu-ray physical disc drive has been confirmed for PS5 – a massive improvement over the standard Blu-ray drive used in the last two generations of PlayStation.

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

Current Winner: Tie

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – Price

PS5 Price: Sony has yet to provide a price for the PS5, but £429/$529 seems likely we think.

Xbox Series X Price: Like Sony, Microsoft has provided no clue as to the price of Xbox Series X, but the beefier spec suggests that Microsoft’s next-gen console could well cost more than PS5.

Current Winner: Not known

PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – Release Date

PS5 Release Date: Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will release in Holiday 2020.

Xbox Scarlett Release Date: Xbox Series X will also release in Holiday 2020. Let the war begin!

Current Winner: Tie

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PS5 Vs Xbox Series X Specs – 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. Additionally, Godfall has been confirmed as the first PS5 launch title too!

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 – and all of this is before Sony kick off with all their first-party PS5 title announcements.

Xbox Series X Games: Well, we know that Xbox Series X will release with Halo Infinite and likely Hellblade 2, but beyond that we don’t know anything else.

Current Winner: Sony

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Over to you, Sony!