PS5 vs Xbox – Despite everything that is currently being said about the TFLOPs and Gigahertz that the new console hardware will offer, very quickly we will forget about this type of conversation, when the consoles even reach the shelves! (This is if the epidemic doesn't screw us up!)
As powerful as a console is, it will never be successful if its games are bad, or if studios are unable to take advantage of this same performance to create experiences that are really worth living and playing. Having said that, as there is still some time until we see these two girls working at full capacity, we are really going to have to pick up on this discussion … That in the end, it may not be as simple as many believe.
PS5 vs Xbox – Does Microsoft really have the fastest console?
So, as you may know, both Microsoft and Xbox have decided to reveal the technical specifications of their consoles in the past few days. And in fact, there are even some similarities, were it not for both consoles based on AMD hardware. Still, there are some significant differences, which curiously have even started to divide fans. After all, what is the fastest console? The new Xbox features a GPU capable of 12TFLOPs, while the PS5 only offers a GPU capable of reaching 10TFLOPs! Has PS5 already lost?
Well, before we look at this with eyes to see, let's put the specifications of both consoles in two simple and beautiful lists:
Xbox Series X
- CPU: 8 Zen 2 cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w / SMT)
- GPU: RDNA 2, 52 CUs @ 1,825 GHz, 512 TFLOPS
- Production Process: 7nm +
- memory: 16 GB GDDR6 w / 320mb bus
- Bandwidth: 10GB @ 560 GB / s, 6GB @ 336 GB / s
- Internal Storage: 1 TB Custom NVMe SSD
- I / O: 2.4 GB / s (Raw), 4.8 GB / s (Compressed)
- Storage expansion: 1 TB Memory Card
- External storage: USB 3.2
- Goal: 4K @ 60 FPS ~ 120 FPS
- CPU: 8 cores Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (Maximum)
- GPU: RDNA 2, 36 CUs @ 2.23GHz, 10.28 TFLOPs
- Memory / Interface: 16 GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Bandwidth: 448 GB / s
- Storage: 825 GB SSD PCIe 4.0 ‘Custom’
- I / O: 5.5 GB / s (Raw), Typical: 8-9 GB / s (Compressed)
- Storage expansion: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB disk support
- Objective: 4K 120Hz, 8K TVs
In a very curious way, Sony decided not to share as many details as rival Microsoft, opting to cure the insomnia of all fans who chose to watch the ‘Road to PS5’ streaming yesterday afternoon. Still, we already have some information to draw light conclusions…
Xbox seems to have the advantage in almost every category! But that doesn't tell the whole story.
At the end of the cable, the processor frequency is higher, the GPU offers 2 more TFLOPs, and the SSD, although slower, offers more capacity! Still, it is very likely that the PS5 will be able to be faster than the Xbox Series X, now see:
The craziest thing about PS5 is the speed of the SSD. 5.5 GB / s is just part of the story – there is a lot of custom silicon in there to ensure that the system isn't bottlenecked in other areas. It's * REALLY * fast on paper – a lot faster than Xbox Series X even.
– John Linneman (@ dark1x) March 18, 2020
In short, Sony is hiding a lot under the hood, to ensure that the PS5 is not behind the new Xbox at all. In fact, even John Linneman Digital Foundry says Sony's bet could be much faster than its rival… Well, it seems that the best thing is to wait a little longer, before jumping to conclusions.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.