PS5 PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X Tech Specs Comparison Guide Feature

Is PS5 or Xbox Series X more powerful? How do PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X's tech specs compare? Now that Sony has lifted the lid on PS5's technical specifications, we can work out roughly how the two consoles stack up against each other. Below, we're going to throw together all the tech specs we know about so we can work out which console has the best technical performance.

PS5 vs Xbox Series X Technical Specifications 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. Which next-gen console is more powerful?

Tech Specs PS5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) 8x Cores @ 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 @ 1.825 GHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom RDNA 2
Die Size -- 360.45 mm²
Process -- 7nm Enhanced
Memory 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 16 GB GDDR6 w/ 320b bus
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 10GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 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, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot 1 TB Expansion Card (matches internal storage exactly)
External Storage USB HDD Support USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Performance Target -- 4K @ 60 FPS, Up to 120 FPS
Dimensions -- 151mm x 151mm x 301mm
Weight -- 4.45 kg

Is PS5 or Xbox Series X the More Powerful Next-Gen Console?

On paper, it looks like Xbox Series X is technically the more impressive next-gen console. However, looking at all the facts and figures, it seems PS5 and Xbox Series X will be extremely similar on a technical level. Both have high speed SSDs, both have eight-core processors running neck and neck, and both will make use of expandable storage. There's hardly anything in it, really.

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.