In this full tech specs comparison, we're going to pit the PS5 vs Xbox Series X. As part of our PS5 guide, we want to answer the question: is the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series more powerful? Now that Sony has lifted the lid on PS5's tech specs, we can work out roughly how the two consoles stack up against each other. For more comparisons, you can also see our PS5 vs PS4: Full Tech Specs Comparison guide, and you can learn more about PS5's teraflops through the link.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Full Tech Specs Comparison
Here are all the tech specs for PS5 and Xbox Series X in a handy table. The better specifications are highlighted with bold text.
|Component||PS5||Xbox Series X|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (Variable Frequency)||8x Cores at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (Variable Frequency)||12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825 GHz|
|GPU Architecture||Custom RDNA 2||Custom RDNA 2|
|Die Size||--||360.45 mm²|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6/256-bit||16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus|
|Memory Bandwidth||448GB/s||10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB at 336 GB/s|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD||1 TB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)||2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot||1 TB Expansion Card (Matches Internal Dtorage Exactly)|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support||USB 3.2 External HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|
|Dimensions||--||151mm x 151mm x 301mm|
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which Is More Powerful?
On paper, it looks like Xbox Series X is technically the more impressive next-gen console. However, looking at all the facts and figures, PS5 and Xbox Series X will be extremely similar on a technical level. For example, both have high-speed SSDs, and you can learn more about why the PS5's storage solution is particularly impactful through the link: PS5 SSD: Why It's Better Than HDD. It's worth mentioning that the PS5 does have a little less storage space (See Also: PS5 SSD: How Much Storage Space Does It Have?) but it looks like Sony will offer more flexibility in terms of expandability. You can find more information on that, through here: Which SSD Drives Will Be Compatible with PS5?
Elsewhere, both have eight-core processors running neck and neck, and both will make use of ray tracing (See Also: PS5 Ray Tracing: What Is It?). Both devices are also capable of playing 4K UHD Blu-ray movies (See Also: PS5 and 4K UHD Blu-rays: Can PlayStation 5 Play Them?), but it's worth remembering that the PS5 Digital Edition does not support physical media. For more information: PS5 Digital Edition vs PS5: What's the Difference?
If we're to pick a winner based on the above, it would appear Microsoft has the edge over Sony, but it looks as though PS5's SSD is outrageously fast, more so than even the Series X. It's a close run race, in other words. Whichever next-gen console you buy, it'll be substantially more powerful than the current-gen machines, as confirmed by the following comparison: PS5 vs PS4: Full Tech Specs Comparison.
Who do you think wins the PS5 vs Xbox Series X full tech specs comparison? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to refer to our PS5 guide for more information.