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The PlayStation 5 vs. the Xbox Series X: Which is more powerful?

We take a dive into the specs to see who's got the more impressive hardware.
Kris Naudus
Kris Naudus|@krisnaudus|March 18, 2020 1:10 PM

The next generation of consoles is coming, with plenty of emphasis on how much power these things have — the better to render modern graphics. Last week we got a look at what's inside Microsoft's Xbox Series X, and today we're finally seeing what's under the hood with the PlayStation 5. As usual, we've lined up their specs for a side-by-side comparison, though for a final verdict we'd wait to see what games each system has lined up and Engadget's full review when both systems launch later this year.

PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X
Price Not available Not available
Dimensions Not available 151 x 151 x 301 mm (5.94 x 5.94 x 11.85 inches)
Weight Not available 4.45 kg (9.8 pounds)
CPU Custom AMD Zen 2, 8-core 3.5 GHz Custom AMD Zen 2, 8-core 3.8 GHz
GPU Custom RDNA 2, 10.28 TFLOP, 36 CU at 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2, 12 TFLOP, 52 CU at 1.825 GHz
RAM 16 GB GDDR6 256-bit 16 GB GDDR6 320-bit
Memory bandwidth 448 GB/s 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s
Internal storage 825 GB SSD 1 TB SSD
I/O throughput 5.5 GB/s (raw), 8-9 GB/s (compressed) 2.4 GB/s (raw), 4.8 GB/s (compressed)
External storage USB HDD support 1 TB expansion card, USB HDD support
Physical media 4K UHD Blu-ray 4K UHD Blu-ray
Output resolution 4K 4K at 60 fps

Note: The PS5 has an M.2 slot so the internal storage can be expanded.

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The PlayStation 5 vs. the Xbox Series X: Which is more powerful?