At last, pure full specifications of Xbox Series X and PS5 are revealed. Obviously, Sony console comes a bit weaker compared to it’s long time rival Xbox from Microsoft. Both consoles are using 8 core Zen 2 processor from AMD but with different designs and Simultaneous Multi-Threading feature is detected on Xbox only. That means PS5 only uses 8 physical cores without SMT. In terms graphics hardware, upcoming Xbox console has a big advantage over PS5 by having 52 Compute Units to process the graphics and Ray Tracing tasks. The custom made RDNA 2 plus Zen 2 AMD licensed architectures led to one System on Chip association in order to achieve high performance and effective power efficiency for both consoles. According to earlier leaks, PS5 APU is named Erebus and Xbox Series X takes Arden codename. Whopping 12 TFLOPs of theoretical computing power is expected from Xbox console, whereas Sony PlayStation 5 only has 10.28 TFLOPs.
|Microsoft Xbox Series X||Sony PS5|
|Processor||8 Cores at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU||8 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) Custom Zen 2 CPU Without SMT|
|Graphics||12 TFLOPS, 52 Compute Units at 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 Compute Units at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) Custom RDNA 2 GPU|
|Chip Die Size||360.45 mm2||Unknown|
|Process Technology||7nm Enhanced (EUV) TSMC Fabrication||7nm Enhanced (EUV) TSMC Fabrication|
|Memory (RAM)||16 GB GDDR6 with 320bit bus||16GB GDDR6 with 256-bit bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s||448GB/s|
|SSD Storage||1 TB Custom NVME SSD||825GB Custom NVME SSD|
|Input Output Throughput||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 1 TB Expansion NVMe Slot||NVMe SSD Slot (Size Capacity Is Unknown)|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 External HDD Support||USB External HDD Support (Might Be USB 3.1)|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|Performance Target||4K at 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS||Unknown (But RAW hardware graphics specs is 44% less)|
In real world situation, these numbers talk a lot of difference for gamers. Especially, hardware accelerated Ray Tracing capacity was highlighted by Xbox developers more often than PS5’s deep dive conference. You may have noticed that global illumination term was focused instead in PS5 official video.
Thanks to TSMC fabrication process technology for these APUs’ well baked silicon under 7nm+ EUV process node. Efficiency is in the center of attention for many developers, therefore, AMD APU was chosen to lead instead of Intel and Nvidia. Nowadays, Nvidia and Intel are not using 7nm process for PC hardware.
Staggering 16GB GDDR6 cutting edge memory is powering both consoles. Unfortunately, PS5 possess only 448GB/s memory bandwidth making it to give away the memory performance to Xbox which is having up to 560 GB/s at 10GB.
In terms of input and output feature, PS5 wins with it’s up to 5.5GB/s RAW and 8-9GB/s in compressed mode. On the other hand, Xbox could get only 2.4GB/s RAW and 4.8GB/s in compressed mode. These numbers translate into faster response time that can only be felt by gamer who wants to play fast paced shooting games.
Here comes the SSD topic which was the hot story for 3 years since the rumors started flowing in. Luckily, Xbox Series X and PS5 have listened to game developers to boost their consoles’ loading time. From the very launch day, both consoles will have upper hand over existing PC SSDs due to decreased latency and embracing the NVMe custom SSD type. Annoying long time loading screen will appear no more. Happy playing Tomb Raider and Assassins Creed type of heavy game titles.
Realistically, Xbox Series X will destroy PS5 again in USB external HDD/SSD support by using faster USB 3.2 technology over unknown PS5’s USB port. The optical Blu-Ray Drive slot is not ditched yet by Microsoft and Sony because of backward compatibility feature. 4k at 60fps true gameplay is a stunning claim by Microsoft where in reality you may achieve it by getting expensive RTX 2080 Super GPU plus Intel Core i9-9900K CPU.
Overall, bigger picture is drawn by both console makers and now gamers must wait for official launch day together with gaming benchmarks. Of course, bigger swing is already done by Xbox developers in attempt to dominate gaming industry over PCs and Sony PlayStation.