PS5 vs Xbox Series X vs Xbox Series S: full comparison of technical specifications

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In this complete comparison we are going to examine the technical specifications of PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X e Xbox series s. The goal is to answer the following question: Who between PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is the most powerful console? For further comparisons, you can also consult our other article: PS5 Digital Edition vs PS5 standard, what's the difference? If you want to know more about what are the distinctive features of the new PS5 controller, take a look at the following specials:

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We have grouped all the technical specifications of the PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in a handy table. The best features are highlighted with bold text:

ComponentPS5Xbox Series XXbox series s
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (Variable Frequency)8x Cores at 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w / SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU8x Cores at 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w / SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
But by the full GPU acceleration tech10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (Variable Frequency)12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825 GHz4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs at 1.565 GHz
GPU ArchitectureCustom RDNA 2Custom RDNA 2Custom RDNA 2
Die Size360.45 mm²
Process7nm Enhanced7nm Enhanced
Memory16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit16GB GDDR6 w / 320b bus10 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth448GB / s10GB @ 560GB / s, 6GB at 336GB / s8GB @ 224GB / s, 2GB at 56GB / s
Internal StorageCustom 825GB SSD1 TB Custom NVME SSD512GB Custom NVME SSD
I / O Throughput5.5GB / s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB / s (Compressed)2.4 GB / s (Raw), 4.8 GB / s (Compressed)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot1 TB Expansion Card (Matches Internal Storage Exactly)1 TB Expansion Card (Matches Internal Storage Exactly)
External StorageUSB HDD SupportUSB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray DriveDigital Only
Dimensions151mm x 151mm x 301mm
Weight4.45 kg

Which console is the most powerful of the three?

On paper, it looks like the Xbox Series X is technically the most impressive next-gen console. However, looking deeper, PS5 and Xbox Series X will be extremely similar on a technical level. The Xbox Series S is less powerful. For example, they both have high-speed SSDs. It's worth mentioning that the PS5 has a little less storage, but it looks like Sony will offer more flexibility in terms of expandability. You can find more information on this in the following article: PlayStation 5, which SSDs will be compatible?

Both are equipped with eight-core processors and will make use of ray tracing (see also: PS5 Ray Tracing: What is it?). They will also be able to play 4K UHD Blu-ray movies, but it's worth remembering that the PS5 digital edition won't support physical media like the Xbox One S.

If we were to pick a winner based on the above, it would appear that Microsoft has an edge over Sony, but, data in hand, the PS5 SSD is hugely faster, even faster than the X Series. It's a close run, and maybe just. the exclusives will decide the winner.

Who do you think wins the comparison considering the full PS5 and Xbox Series X specs? Let us know in the comments section below.

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