PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X System Specs Revealed

March 19, 2020

With the next generation of consoles coming later this year, we’ve been patiently waiting for more details to be released, and Digital Foundry has gotten the scoop on PlayStation 5 specs, meaning that we now have the system specs of both consoles confirmed after Microsoft previously confirmed the specs of the Xbox Series X.

As you can see from the above image (credit goes to Hobbes over at Resetera), we have two incredibly powerful consoles that have taken pretty different approaches to the next generation. Xbox have gone harder at higher CPU clock speeds and more GPU Compute Units for a larger TFLOPs number, while PlayStation have gone for a lower clocked CPU and a GPU that is clocked at a much higher frequency, but with a lower number of Compute Units and overall lower TFLOPs. PlayStation have also gone with a single unified type of RAM, with all of the PlayStation 5’s 16GB of GDDR6 having a bandwidth of 448GB/s, while Xbox have gone for a split with the GDDR6 RAM of the Xbox Series X, with 10GB at 560 GB/s and 6GB at 336 GB/s. Both have also gone with custom SSDs, with the Xbox Series X coming with a 1TB SSD that will require custom cards to expand, while the PlayStation 5 will come with an 825GB SSD that will allow for expansion via off the shelf NVMe SSDs (with compatible models to be confirmed post-launch). The PlayStation 5 will also feature a whole bunch of custom hardware, built to assist with compression, memory management and more.

What does this all mean? It means we’ve got some great reasons to look forward to next generation, with some incredibly powerful consoles that are a true generational leap above the current generation. Who wins? Without any PlayStation 5 games being shown, it’s impossible to know. But, at the end of the day, who cares?