PS5 teraflops has been a big topic of conversation, but what are teraflops and how many teraflops does the PlayStation 5 have? A while ago, you probably heard all about Xbox Series X and its freshly revealed technical specifications. A big buzz word doing the rounds right now is "teraflops". Microsoft has confirmed its next-gen console will have a lot of teraflops, but to the average person, that doesn't really mean anything. What is a teraflop? How many teraflops are in PS4, and how many teraflops will PS5 have? How does PS5 compare to Xbox Series X? To answer these questions, we've outlined all the info below with as little technical jargon as possible. Read on to learn all about the mighty teraflop.
What Are Teraflops?
The teraflop, or TFLOP, is essentially a mathematical measurement of a computer's power. Without going too fancy, a teraflop translates to a computer being able to process one trillion calculations a second. Xbox Series X has 12 teraflops, meaning it can handle up to 12 trillion operations a second. What makes teraflops a useful measurement for computing power is their inclusion of floating-point numbers.
Floating-point numbers basically covers all types of numbers, and not just integers (whole numbers). In other words, numbers with decimal points, irrational numbers, and any other irregular figures are accounted for when talking about floating-point calculations. Because computers (and game consoles) use a lot of non-integer numbers when processing, the teraflop is a more accurate measurement of a device's capabilities.
More teraflops means more complex calculations per second, which roughly translates to a faster machine with more graphical grunt. For the record, Xbox Series X's 12 teraflops is a lot.
How Many Teraflops Does PS4 and PS4 Pro Have?
The original PlayStation 4 console has a 1.84 teraflop GPU (graphics processing unit). PS4 Pro bumps the number up to 4.2 teraflops, which is a big leap over the standard PS4.
How Many Teraflops Does PS5 Have?
Sony has confirmed that PS5 will have a GPU capable of 10.28 teraflops. This puts it slightly behind Xbox Series X, which has up to 12 teraflops.
How Do All PS4 and Xbox One Consoles Compare to Each Other with Teraflops?
Below, we've outlined how many teraflops every current-gen console from Sony and Microsoft is capable of.
- PS4 (Standard): 1.84 teraflops
- PS4 Pro: 4.2 teraflops
- Xbox One (Standard): 1.31 teraflops
- Xbox One S: 1.4 teraflops
- Xbox One X: 6 teraflops
Of the current consoles, the Xbox One X's GPU has the highest teraflop count. Xbox Series X will double it, and PS5 more than doubles PS4 Pro.
How Do all PS5 and Xbox Series X Technical Specifications Compare?
If you want to read up on all the tech specs of PS5, and how they stack up against Xbox Series X, you can do so with our comparison guide here.
Do Teraflops Matter for PS5 and Xbox Series X?
Sort of, but you really don't need to worry about it. The bottom line is that both next-gen consoles are going to be beefy bits of kit, which translates to bigger and better games for you to play. PS5 and Xbox Series X will boast extremely similar technology at the end of the day, and competition between Sony and Microsoft means the consumer will win no matter what. Our advice is to avoid getting too caught up in comparisons and debates surrounding technical specifications, as ultimately, we're here for the games.