• Jeremiah D Folia

PS5 vs Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X, Future

After releasing the trailer for the stunning Assasin's Creed Valhalla game, people started asking what type of specs are needed to run a game of this visual quality.

Here are the specs:


  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)

  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)

  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2

  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit

  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s

  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD

  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)

  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot

  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)

  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

  • Potential 8K resolutions

  • Ray-tracing technology

  • Compatible with PS4 games/technology

Sony Series X

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm

  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz,

  • GPU Architecture: Custom RDNA 2

  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6

  • Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD

  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray

  • Ports: HDMI 2.1 output, 3x USB 3.2, networking port, expanded storage slot, power input

  • 120 fps support

  • Potential 8K resolutions

  • Ray-tracing technology

  • Variable Rate Shading for more stable frame rates

  • Compatible with Xbox One accessories

  • Smart Delivery

At first look, both seem to be quite similar - and they are. Both will be performing at rates unseen ever before in the gaming world. While Xbox might have a slight lead on Playstation as far as hardware, the PS5 offers up to 9GB/s of compressed data in-game. That's huge.

PS5 has re-created their controller and renamed it "Dualsense." Internally, rather than having a series of vibrating motors, the controller now has tech that simulates real-life sensations as you go about the game. The controller will feature headphone and microphone jacks for easier communication.

Xbox Series X, has gone about their upgrades a bit differently - focusing on power. They have created a fast 1,825MHz speed locked GPU that will never fluctuate in speed. Games purchased for the Xbox One may be quickly upgraded for the Xbox Series X using a new feature called Smart Delivery. They've included enough power to run several games at the same time, and allowed the option for users to pause one game and play a different one with it paused in the background. There is no waiting to switch to a new game - it is immediate.

Both consoles have their perks. Both operate very similarly in speed and functionality. Both are expected to hit the market at around $500 for base models.

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