PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: How do they compare?

Microsoft has revealed their details for the upcoming Xbox Series X earlier this week. But, Sony has done the same for the upcoming PlayStation 5.

The two biggest gaming console brands are back to compete against one another to determine which console is the most powerful.

This does underline that we can begin looking at their specs side-by-side.

Also, while this is far from the whole story when it comes to how much you’ll get to enjoy either console name, it’s important to understand which console is right for you.

A quick instalment to this is that in terms of raw graphics power, Xbox Series X has a slight edge over the PS5. However, if you are a person who cares about teraFLOPS number – which means how many floating points operations per second a video card can perform, Microsoft once again is on top.

The Xbox Series X has 12 TFLOPS while the PS5 is only forking out 10.28 TFLOPS. This isn’t an indication to say that Xbox dominates PS5 in all aspects across the board.

Let’s break those specs down.

First and foremost, the Xbox and PlayStation are very similar. They’re both using similar components for CPU and GPU, which have the same amount of memory, and both are using NVME SSD storage. This doesn’t mean gamers won’t notice a difference between either system.

It is only clarification that they may once again require those side-by-side comparison videos that are so popular on YouTube.

Additionally, the Xbox Series X should run games at a higher resolution and with a higher frame rate.

But, this doesn’t account that the PS5 has a weak system. Moreover, it’s GPU has fewer compute units than the Xbox, it runs at a significantly higher frequency of 2.23GHz.

This is substantially high for a GPU and notifies that it has fewer CUs. But, each of those units is going to push out more processing during gaming than each of the compute units in the Xbox.

This runs at a slightly slower clock speed than the Xbox. This isn’t really important in comparison to those Zen 2 CPUs as they both represent massive leaps over the last generation.

The important thing to take is that this is what is going to matter for the next several years.

Data throughput
One factor that the PS5 does have a major advantage over the Xbox Series X when it comes to I/O throughput. PS5 uses the next-gen PCI Express 4.0 date interface to push through a massive 5.5GB of information per second.

Comparing that to the Xbox which only does 2.4GB per second, a substantial difference. If you were to look at it in a more abrupt manner, this means that PS5 can stream in significantly more data from around the world every second than the competition.

Not only could it lead to becoming bigger, it advances more detailed games with almost no loading timeslots.

What does all of this mean for games?

Even though talking about and comparing specs can prove difficult for some gaming fans, it rarely matters to most people when they sit down to actually play a game.

Whether the Xbox or PlayStation has more power, it’s the content that is going to matter.

Although these specs mean that both consoles are more than capable enough to deliver next-gen experiences. This probably doesn’t mean games that look like a leap forward.

Even though we’ve reached a point of raw graphics performance in recent console developments. The Zen 2 CPU and fast data throughput speeds will mean more complicated worlds, more lifelike in-game characters, and overall improved user experience for all.

The only people who might notice the difference are the developers. These new consoles will help them contribute to try game concepts that were previously impossible. 

While we still have no word on the price of the PS5 or Xbox Series X, both consoles are due out before the end of the year, assuming they’re not delayed by the coronavirus.

Hopefully, they’re not pushed back too long – sales of PS4 and Xbox One have declined since the announcement of next-gen machines, so people are clearly ready for the jump.

It certainly is something to get excited about as these two upcoming consoles will offer an exceptional gaming experience.

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