PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Console War
Often console gamers are competing and debating over the same thing which has been continuing over the years, which console is better Sony PlayStation or Microsoft Xbox. PC gamers chill while this debate goes on, this debate in a never-ending topic. Sometimes PlayStations overwhelms the Xbox, and sometimes vice versa. This year in 2020, we have two new contenders and the showdown battle is not looking easy. Its time for Xbox vs PlayStation. Let’s get introduced to both new contenders, in one corner we have Sony PlayStation 5 and in the other corner we have Microsoft Xbox Series X and both are looking strong and will take head to head fight.
Sony PlayStation 5
The next-generation console is all set to amuse us coming holidays, and the specs are out for the new Sony PlayStation 5. We still don’t know how the console will look like, but we do have what we will have inside the powerful PlayStation 5.
So what to expect from PlayStation 5?
Releasing between October and December 2020, it will be a me-changing console for Sony. Though only a w titles have been announced for the new console, more will follow when the console will hit the markets. One of the titles announced is Ghost of Tsushima.
The all-new console will be VR compatible, also the rumors suggest that it will also have PSVR 2(PlayStation VR 2). The price of the console is expected to be between $499-$599 and will be direct competition to Microsoft Xbox series X.
Though Sony hasn’t officially confirmed the prices yet, and the reason behind it is the company hasn’t decided how much they will sell the new console for.
We can only expect the price of the new console will be close to the new Microsoft Xbox series X.
So what will be PlayStation 5 will have under its hood?
The specifications of the new PS5 will be as follows:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4 K UHD Blu-ray drive
The PS5 aims to be a developer-friendly console, aiming to eliminate the troubles developers have like they faced when PS3 was released.
The reason Sony has claimed that their new console PS5 will be as fast as Netflix, is because of the SSD. SSD plays an important part in the new PS5. Not only the boot-up process will be much faster, but the games will load fast as well, all because of the clever implementation of SSD in PS5.
SSDs have more bandwidth, so the game data will be loaded from SSD whenever needed by the game, instead of the useless data which clogs RAM. Now with the new console, you can directly jump from game to game without experiencing any kind of delay. NVMe PC drives will be used for the expandable storage in PS5.
Talking about the GPU of the new PS5, Sony has introduced a custom processor and GPU to ensure the backward compatibility. So the new processor of PS5 AMD’s Zen2CPU processor tech, with eight cores and 16 threads will deliver 3.5 GHz frequency so that it will run 8 cores of Zen 2 at 3.5 GHz which is a huge leap from its predecessor PlayStation 4.
AMD RDNA 2 GPU which is also customized will take full advantage of 36 compute units capped at 2.23 GHz with a compute performance peak of 10.28 Teraflops. Not only the graphics but PS5 will have 3D audio support all thanks to the new Tempest Engine.
This is all for our first contender Sony’s PlayStation 5. If you guys want to know about PS5 in-depth, there will a new dedicated PS5 blog soon.
Microsoft Xbox Series X
The new Microsoft Xbox Series X is the next-generation console from Microsoft, formerly known as codename ‘Project X Scarlett’. Microsoft is looking for a tough fight with the next-generation console by Sony’s PlayStation 5.
Xbox series X is also going to be released in Holidays, so to be specific in between the months of October and December 2020. We all know the Xbox’s exclusive game Halo series, so yes! On the new Xbox series X, you can play Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2. The biggest news for the gamers playing on Xbox is that new console will be backward compatible with all the previous generations of the console.
Microsoft still hasn’t commented on the pricing of the new console, but they confirmed that they will not make the same mistake they made while releasing the last generation of Xbox, so we can expect a surprise from them.
If you are expecting VR compatibility in the new Xbox series X, then you will be disappointed as the new console will not be VR compatible, said the Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
The pricing of the Xbox series X will be aggressive towards the PlayStation 5, which will be near around $499-$599. Though Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed the prices for the Xbox series X yet.
So what will be under the hood of the new Xbox Series X?
The specifications of the new Xbox Series X will be as follows:
CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm
GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
Memory: 16GB GDDR6
Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD
Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
120 fps support
Potential 8K resolutions
Variable Rate Shading for more stable frame rates
Compatible with Xbox One accessories
Here is a video from Austin Evans showing the gaming demo of Xbox Series X
The processor of the Xbox series X is a customized AMD Zen 2 with eight cores and 16 threads, with a peak speed of 3.8 GHz, and with a base speed of 3.6 GHz. These frequencies aren’t locked; the console can adjust the power of CPU depending on the thermal and workload. So while playing a game that requires a t of processing power, the CPU of Xbox will give the CPU a boost and can slow it down when you don’t need it.
Talking about the GPU of Xbox series X, it a custom designed with 12 Teraflops of compute performance, with 3328 shaders allocated to 52 compute units that run and clocked at 1,825 MHz, but the GPU clock is fixed and it will not get any boost if needed.
Xbox Series X has 1TB SSD, which means faster game loading, and fast boot-up process. Match the super-fast GDDR6 16 GB RAM with NVMe SSD and you will be surprised by the performance of the Xbox. These specs are the best-looking specs for the upcoming console. Xbox will make good use of SSD with ‘Quick Resume’, a feature of the console which will let you switch between the games almost instantly with zero delays.
Microsoft has revealed the design of their new console and it is nowhere near the predecessors. The tower design has been adapted for the new-gen console just like the gaming PCs. Microsoft has confirmed that it can sit both vertically and horizontally. The cooling vents on the top help the console to blow of the heat. A small logo sits on the top-left corner of the console.
A more in-depth blog on Xbox Series X will be up soon so that you get to know all about the console.
Both the consoles will come with some groundbreaking specifications. But the Xbox holds more advantages over the PlayStation 5 when it comes to specifications on paper. But specifications on paper doesn’t help running the games.
Xbox has 1TB SSD while PS5 having only 825GB SSD, which is not looking good for PS5. When it comes to specification, Xbox beats PS5. So we cannot promise anything right now as sometimes Tortoise beats the hare in the race. So let’s keep the fingers crossed and hope for the best.
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