PS5 vs Xbox Series X specs: Which console is more powerful?

Which of the next-gen consoles has more power?

by Jason Coles
PS5 vs Xbox Series X

The PS5 and Xbox Series X are coming up fast. We’ve got no firm release date, but as we march ever closer to the end of the year, then they get closer and closer to being in all of our homes.

There are plenty of arguments for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, but sometimes you want to keep things simple.

Which of the two is more powerful, and should that change which one you decide to get?

Read on to find out all about the specs of both of the next-gen titans.

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What are the PS5 specs

These are the PS5 specs:

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 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
  • Optical Drive: 4k UHD Blu-ray Drive

As you can see, they’re definitely impressive. The key thing here is that power isn’t always obvious either, the way that the SSD is integrated into the PS5 is said to allow it to be much more efficient than just the numbers would suggest.

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What are the Xbox Series X specs

Here are the Xbox Series X specs:

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
  • Die Size: 360.45mm2
  • Process: TSMC 7nm Enhanced
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Memory Bandwidth: 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s
  • Internal Storage: 1TB Custom NVMe SSD
  • IO: Throughput: USB 3.2 HDD Support
  • Expandable Storage: USB 3.2 HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
  • Performance Target: 4K at 60fps – up to 120fps

The Microsoft approach is a bit more about brute force and big numbers. It’s almost daunting to see how powerful it is, and it’s sure to show off some incredible things once developers adjust to it.

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Which is more powerful?

Ultimately the Xbox Series X is more powerful. The numbers don’t lie when it comes to raw power.

However, how that power is used is what will actually affect games, and the PS5 might have the advantage there thanks to their special SSD.

We’ll see which one comes out on top with third-party titles soon, but for now, the Xbox Series X is definitely more powerful.

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Jason Coles