Console gamers assemble, the lead up to the next generation of gaming consoles is intensifying and with each passing day, we get closers to full reveals for both systems.
Yesterday, Sony revealed the specs of the PlayStation 5 following Microsoft’s Xbox Series X reveal two days earlier.
From a spec perspective the two consoles will look like this;
|Tech Specs||PS5||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)||8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|Die Size||—||360.45 mm²|
|Dimensions||—||151mm x 151mm x 301mm|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe PCIe4 SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz|
|GPU Architecture||Custom RDNA 2||Custom RDNA 2|
|I/O Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6/256-bit||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive|
|Performance Target||—||4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS|
From the raw specs, a lot of people have been declaring that the Xbox Series X is the superior console and whilst the TFLOPS suggest that might be the case – anyone who has followed the console generations in the past will know that raw spec is important but not the be-all and end-all of the battle.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about both consoles with the PS5 being the biggest offender in that regard. We don’t know what it will look like, how much it will weigh or even the target performance of the console. Ultimately though we don’t know much the PS5 or Xbox Series X will cost which will be one of, if not, the most important factors come launch of both systems.
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