Sony has finally unveiled its PlayStation 5 specs today, and there are some surprisingly big differences between the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are still arriving at the end of the year, and we’re now starting to get a better idea of what both Microsoft and Sony have prioritized for next-gen games. Sony has picked different CPU, GPU, and even SSD speeds that will impact how next-gen games are developed for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
It’s the GPU and SSD sides where the PS5 and Xbox Series X really differ. Sony has opted for a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU inside the PS5, which provides 10.28 teraflops of power with 36 compute units running at 2.23GHz each. Microsoft has picked a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU for the Xbox Series X, but it can hit 12 teraflops of power with 52 compute units at 1.825GHz each.
PS5 VS. XBOX SERIES X
|Categories||PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X||Xbox One X||Xbox One S||PlayStation 4 Pro||PlayStation 4 Slim||Nintendo Switch|
|Processor||AMD Zen 2 (3.5GHz, eight-core)||AMD Zen 2 (3.8GHz, eight-core)||AMD Jaguar (2.3GHz, eight-core)||AMD Jaguar (1.75GHz, eight-core)||AMD Jaguar (2.1GHz, eight-core)||AMD Jaguar (1.6GHz, eight-core)||ARM Cortex A57 (1.02GHz, quad-core)|
|GPU||AMD RDNA 2 (10.28 teraflops, 36CU)||AMD RDNA 2 (12 teraflops, 52CU)||Integrated AMD (6 teraflops, 40CU)||Integrated AMD Radeon (1.4 teraflops, 12CU)||Integrated AMD Radeon Polaris (4.2 teraflops, 36CU)||Integrated AMD Radeon (1.84 teraflops, 18CU)||Nvidia Maxwell (0.5 teraflops, unofficially)|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6||12GB GDDR5||8GB DDR3||8GB GDDR5, 1GB DDR3||8GB GDDR5||4GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||825GB (NVMe SSD)||1TB (NVMe SSD)||1TB||500GB, 1TB, 2TB||1TB||500GB, 1TB||32GB|
|Optical drive||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray||Blu-ray||Blu-ray||N/A|
|4K support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (video only)||Yes||No||No|
|Ports||TBA||Three USB-A 3.0 ports, HDMI (out), optical audio, proprietary memory slot||Three USB 3.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), IR, optical audio||Three USB 3.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), IR, optical audio||Three USB 3.1, one Aux, HDMI (out), optical audio||Two USB 3.1, one Aux, HDMI (out)||USB-C, microSD, 3.5mm headphone|
|Weight||TBA||TBA||8.4 pounds||6.4 pounds||7.2 pounds||4.6 pounds||0.88 pounds|
|Dimensions (in.)||TBA||5.94 x 5.94 x 11.85||11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4||11.6 x 9.1 x 2.5||12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1||11.3 x 10.4 x 1.54||9.4 x 4 x 0.55|