It only took a day. Microsoft shared a tech review of the upcoming Xbox Series X, and Sony followed suit. We already knew that AMD would headline the hardware, providing the processor and graphics processing. Now we know almost everything else, including the fact that the Playstation 5 isn’t as powerful as the Xbox.
Well, that’s only part of the story.
Both consoles will use custom Zen 2 CPUs and custom RDNA2 GPUs, but the differences are startling from an initial look at the specs. Here’s a quick rundown, along with the last generation of consoles:
The CPU, as noted by Engadget, is likely a very similar chip though Microsoft locks theirs at 3.8GHz or 3.6GHz with hyperthreading. Sony’s model is variable, so developers can choose to run at anything up to 3.5GHz.
The GPU by comparison is much more different. While Microsoft’s is a 52CU 12.8 TFLOPs that runs at 1.825GHz, Sony’s seems less powerful yet faster at 36CU, 10.28 TFLOPs, at 2.23GHz. WCCF Tech notes that this difference provides more raw power for the Xbox, while the PS5 is more flexible but will require better programming to ensure proper usage of available resources.
One additional major difference is throughput, which Engadget describes perfectly:
Sony definitely has the lead with its custom SSD with 5GB/s of raw bandwidth and 8 to 9GB/s of compressed throughput. The Xbox Series X’s SSD will be limited to 2.4GB/s of raw data and 4.8GB/s compressed. Again, while the numbers are significantly different, it’s unclear how the performance will vary in real-world use. Microsoft also has a slightly higher GDDR6 memory bandwidth — 10GB at 560GB/s and 6GB at 336GB/s — than Sony’s 448GB/s, which could make up for the slower storage.Devindra Hardawar, Engadget
So which is better? This almost seems like the Xbox 360 versus the Playstation 3, where Sony had smarter tech but developers suffered because of the difficulty in coding games for the console. This time around Microsoft’s console is definitely more powerful, but of course it’s the games that make a console great, not the hardware. Not only, anyways.
If you are questioning which one to get, here’s another comparison worth considering:
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