Xbox Series X vs PS5: What we know so far

By Heidi Nicholas,
Earlier this week, Xbox shared new spec details about their Xbox Series X, as well as a first look at the new wireless controller to be included with it when it releases in the Holiday period later this year. Now, just days later, Sony has released their first proper look at the PlayStation 5, their own next-gen console releasing alongside, and in direct competition with, the Xbox Series X. Here's what we know so far.


As noted by Eurogamer, we now have the initial specs for the PS5, contrasted with the Xbox Series X specs as laid out in an Xbox Wire post.

CPU

  • Xbox Series X: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
  • PS5: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)

GPU

  • Xbox Series X: 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
  • PS5: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency). Custom RDNA 2

Memory

  • Xbox Series X: 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus, 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
  • PS5: 16GB GDDR6/256-biT, 448GB/s

Internal Storage

  • Xbox Series X: 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
  • PS5: Custom 825GB SSD

IO Throughput

  • Xbox Series X: 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
  • PS5: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)

Expandable Storage

  • Xbox Series X: 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
  • PS5: NVMe SSD Slot

External Storage

  • Xbox Series X: USB 3.2 External HDD Support
  • PS5: USB HDD Support

Optical Drive

  • Xbox Series X: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
  • PS5: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
Cerny claims an 100% load speed improvement over the PS4, and some impressive technology that allows performance on the components to allegedly be unaffected by ambient temperature. Cerny also claims that the smaller and more agile GPU will deliver higher performance across the board, something that can't be defined by TFLOPs alone. Digital Foundry, reporting for Eurogamer, speculate that the PS5's approach to power may put more of an onus on the developer to optimise for it compared to the Xbox Series X.

This is everything revealed so far, but PlayStation has promised more news on games later in the year. We have a roundup of all Xbox Series X news, including the Xbox Series X specs, so be sure to check those out if you'd like to know more.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.