Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Specs Compared

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Specs Compared - Article

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 March 2020 / 9,141 Views

This week Microsoft and Sony have unveiled the specs for their next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. In this article we will be doing a quick rundown comparing the specs of the two consoles. 

Both consoles will be an AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores. However, the Xbox Series X CPU has a peak frequency of up to 3.8GHz per core when SMT - hyper-threading - is disabled, while the PS5 has a peak frequency of up to 3.5GHz. 

Both consoles are using a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU, however the Xbox Series X has a slightly more powerful GPU. Microsoft's console has a GPU with 12 teraflops of compute performance with 3328 shaders allocated to 52 compute units locked at 1.825GHz. The PS5 has a GPU with 10.28 teraflops of peak compute performance with 36 compute units at a peak of 2.23GHz.

The Xbox Series X and PS5 both have 16GB of GDDR6 memory. However, the memory bandwidth does vary. The Xbox Series X has 10GB at 560GB/s and 6GB at 336GB/s, while the PS5 has all 16GB at 448GB/s. 

When it comes to storage the Xbox Series X includes a 1TB Custom NVMe SSD and the PS5 includes a custom 825GB SSD. The Xbox Series X has room for a 1TB expansion card and external storage support for a USB 3.2 HDD and the PS5 has an NVMe SSD Slot and support for a USB HDD. Both consoles include a 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive.

Both consoles have support for hardware accelerated ray tracing. It is built into the shaders for both consoles. 

The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will launch in Holiday 2020.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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21 Comments

TallSilhouette (on 18 March 2020)

Small differences in most specs vs a big difference in storage speed. We'll see which approach has the bigger impact and at what cost.


trunkswd (on 18 March 2020)

I expect both consoles to launch at the same price even if it means Microsoft takes a bigger hit per console sold.


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Nu-13 (on 18 March 2020)

Yeah, with a minor difference in price, MS will just take a little more loss per unit and match the price.


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trunkswd (on 18 March 2020)

In the end what matters the most is not which one is slightly more powerful than the other, but what console has more games that you prefer. Both will keep getting third-party games, so it will come down to the console exclusives and other services such as Game Pass and PS Now.


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Azzanation (on 19 March 2020)

Small differences maybe, however it will label that the best 3rd party games will be played best on Series X and that's a huge marketing feat.


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Vertigo-X (on 19 March 2020)

That SSD in the PS5 is likely going to be really expensive. Consider that most good 1 TB NVMe drives today are on the order of $200, and they don't come close to 5GB/s.


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Seece (on 18 March 2020)

They look pretty similar, which is good.


tripenfall (on 19 March 2020)

Games should be higher res on series x and hopefully the frame rates should be smoother thanks to that amazing memory bandwidth.


Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

Price will matter more than the spec disparity. I would guess $499 for both given the storage medium.


hunter_alien (on 19 March 2020)

Yeah, 500$ seems to be the price for these consoles. Neither 400$ or 600$ is in discussion anymore IMO. Great specs all around, cannot wait to see what developers will make on these beasts :-D


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UnderwaterFunktown (on 18 March 2020)

So in the grand scope of things the hardware differences are minor (again). It mostly just comes down to brand loyalty and exlucives, unless there's a pricegap, but if there is one I doubt it'll be by much.


Nu-13 (on 18 March 2020)

There's also the future competition from switch 2.


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trunkswd (on 18 March 2020)

I agree that games are what sell a system. The power difference between the two are very minor.


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Jigsawx1 (on 18 March 2020)

So the Xbox will have 2Tf more Power and the Ps5 will have faster loading times........


Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

I am no expert, but CPU seems to be the most important factor for speeding up load times, then storage medium. I am skeptical if this IO Throughput will matter but I guess we'll see in practice.


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DialgaMarine (on 20 March 2020)

More than just loading times. PS5's SSD will be so fast it can render assets in game, freeing up a lot of stress on the GPU and CPU, making the 10.3 number a lot more significant than XSX's 12. XSX comes with a lot more bottlenecks, so it needs the higher performance ceiling to still deliver the desired resolution and framerates.


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Mr Puggsly (on 20 March 2020)

@Dialga - If that was the case I'm surprised more aren't hyping this. I'd say lets wait and see.


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Amnesia (on 18 March 2020)

What these 2 will display will be identical.


VAMatt (on 18 March 2020)

Probably as identical as XBone and PS4. The average gamer probably doesn't notice the difference now. But, people at VGC sure do (or claim to, anyway).


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hunter_alien (on 19 March 2020)

Why were you 2 downvoted? This is pretty much a given. 3rd party games will virtually look and run the same for the average consumer, and exclusives/marketing will differentiate them.


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Azzanation (on 19 March 2020)

No they wont look the same. There will be an edge. Think about it this gen, the X1 had a slightly faster CPU and the PS4 had a slightly more powerful GPU. The Series X has both advantages so expect more bells and whistles than we saw this generation.


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