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Xbox Series X vs PlayStation 5: Hardware Comparison

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Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have had their specs revealed this week – which console comes up top?

The hardware specs of the new Xbox were announced a few days ago. Not to be outdone, Sony anounced the specs of its new PlayStation two days later.

Here is a quick table comparing the two new consoles and their immediate predecessors, the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro; scroll down for analysis.

Xbox Series X Xbox One X PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4 Pro
Storage 1 TB SSD, 2.4 GB/s raw read speed 1 TB HDD 825 GB SSD, 5.5 GB/s raw read speed 1 TB HDD
GPU 12 teraflops, 52 computing units, 1825 MHz 6 teraflops, 40 computing units, 1172 MHz 10.3 teraflops, 36 computing units, up to 2230 MHz 4.2 teraflops, 18 computing units, 1700 MHz
CPU 8 cores, 3.8 GHz 8 cores, 2.3 GHz 8 cores, up to 3.5 GHz 8 cores, 1.6 GHz
RAM 16 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR5 16 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR5
Output 4K 120 FPS 4K 60 FPS 8K 120 FPS 4K 60 FPS
  • Storage: Both of the new consoles have ditched using hard drives (HDDs) in favour of faster solid-state drives (SSDs). The new Xbox has the same storage capacity as its predecessor, but the PS5 has 18% less available storage than the PS4 Pro. However, the new PlayStation has a faster raw read speed of 5.5 GB/s – almost double the new Xbox's 2.4 GB/s raw read speed.
  • GPU: Both of the new consoles obviously have better graphics cards than the previous generation of consoles, with the teraflop (number of trillion operations per second) count doubling on both consoles. The new Xbox has 12 more computing units (CUs) than its predecessor while the CU count of the PS5 is double that of the PS4 Pro, but still less than the Xbox Series X. The GPU clock speed is 56% higher for the Xbox and 32% higher for the PS5.
  • CPU: Both consoles have the same amount of CPU cores as their predecessors, with the new Xbox's CPU clock speed (3.8 GHz) being two-thirds higher than that of the Xbox One X (2.3 GHz) and the PS5's almost doubling from 1.6 GHz to 3.5 GHz.
  • RAM: Both of the new consoles have upgraded to the new GDDR6 memory spec from the GDDR5. The PS5's RAM is double that of the PS4 Pro while the RAM on the Xbox Series X is 25% higher than the Xbox One X.
  • Output: Games on both consoles will now be able to go up to 120 frames per second, with the PS5 also having support for 8K TVs.

Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be released at the end of this year, around the holiday season.