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Microsoft’s Xbox Series X Versus Sony’s PlayStation 5 Compared

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Sony has finally revealed the key specifications of its PlayStation 5, this means we now have a better idea of how it can compare to its rival, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are set to arrive close to the end of 2020 and for most people, it will be one or the other.


The specifications are important because apart from brand loyalty this is what should guide the decision on which of the console to choose.


So here are the specifications compared;

Configuration                         Sony PlayStation 5                               

Dimensions (inches)               TBA

Processor                                AMD Zen 2(3.5GHz, eight core)

Memory                                   16GB GDDR6

GPU                                          AMD RDNA 2 (10.28 teraflops, 36CU)

Storage                                   825GB (NVMe SSD)

Optical drive                          4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

8K support                              Yes

4K support                              Yes

Ports                                       TBA

HDR support                           Yes


Configuration                        Microsoft Xbox Series X

Dimensions (Inches)               5.94(length) x 5.94(width)  x 11.85 (height)

Processor                                AMD Zen 2 (3.8GHz, eight-core)

Memory                                   16GB GDDR6

Processor                                AMD RDNA 2 (12 teraflops, 52CU)

Storage                                   1TB (NVMe SSD)

Optical Drive                          4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

8K Support                             Yes

4K Support                             Yes

Ports                                       Three USB-A 3.0 ports, HDMI (out), optical audio, proprietary slot


HDR Support                          Yes


Xbox Series X versus PlayStation 5
The Xbox Series X           Photo: Microsoft
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The major difference between PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X really is the GPU and SSD. Microsoft opts for a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU just like the Play Station 5. However, the Xbox Series X provides 12 teraflops of power with 52 compute units at 1.825GHz each while the PlayStation 5 falls short at 10.28 teraflops of power with 36 compute units at 2.23GHz.


Sony PlayStation 5 system architect, Mark Cerny tells Eurogamer that Sony set a power budget tied to the thermal limits of the console. This will translate to mean that the performance of the console will depend on the game being played on it.


On the processor side, Series X wins hands down. Its AMD Zen 2 (3.8GHz, eight-core) processor is much better than the PlayStation 5’s AMD Zen 2 (3.8GHz, eight-core).


The Series X also features a Quick Resume feature that allows gamers to switch quickly between games even after the game has been rebooted for an update. There has, however, been no information regarding the software and what the PlayStation 5 will look like. Although Sony would likely share more details as the launch approaches.


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