Today, Sony’s Lead System Architect Mark Cerny hosted a livestream where he revealed all the juicey details about the upcoming PS5. There is good and bad news for Sony fans, the good is that its a substanal leap from the current-gen consoles and Sony’s SSD technology is like no other, the bad news is that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X is technically slightly more powerful, technically.
I highly recommend that you watch the above stream, the details that Mark goes into regarding the raw performance of the PS5 and how it’s achieved is quite facniating. But, I know not everyone will want to watch the complete 52 minute tech stream, so here it is in a nutshell;
|PlayStation 5||Xbox Series X|
|Processor||AMD Zen 2 (3.5GHz, eight-core)||AMD Zen 2 (3.8GHz, eight-core)|
|GPU||AMD RDNA 2 (10.28 teraflops, 36CU)||AMD RDNA 2 (12 teraflops, 52CU)|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6|
|Storage||825GB (NVMe SSD)||1TB (NVMe SSD)|
|Optical drive||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray||4K Ultra HD Blu-ray|
|Ports||TBA||Three USB-A 3.0 ports, HDMI (out), optical audio, proprietary memory slot|
|Dimensions (in.)||TBA||5.94 x 5.94 x 11.85|
The PS5 will feature a RDNA 2 Navi 2X GPU, which is actually clocked higher than the Xbox Series X at 2.23GHz (compared to 1.85ghz) and is able to deliever 10.28TF (12.15TF for Xbox Series X) of power. It is powered by an 8-core, 16 thread Zen 2 CPU @ 3.5GHz with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM that is capable of 448GB/sec (Xbox is capable of slightly higher bandwidth thanks to its custom 320 bit bus).
This is where things get rather interesting as Sony are heavily investing in their superior solid-state storage technology. On paper, the PS5’s NVMe SSD 825GB storage capacity is quite small by todays standards, but the 5.5GB/s bandwidth is unbelievable. To put this in perspective, the Xbox’s Series X custom 1TB NVMe SSD is only capable of less than half the peak performance of the PS5 at 2.4GB/s.
Essentially, Sony are focusing on GPU and SSD for their next-gen console, while Microsoft are finally believe in raw performance with a superior CPU. Which console will be superior? I don’t think it matter. On paper, both consoles are absolute beasts and will push developers to create some amazing next generation video games.