PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X announced

New machines for the holiday season

Posted: By Jon Peddie 03.20.20

On the heels of AMD’s financial analyst conference last week, Microsoft and Sony have released details on their two forthcoming game consoles built on AMD parts, among things.

We have detailed stories in TechWatch and offer a summary of the two devices here.

  PS5 Xbox Series X
CPU Custom AMD Ryzen Zen 2, 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz Custom AMD Ryzen Zen 2, 8 cores @ 3.8 GHz
GPU Custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2, 10.3 TFLOPS, 36 CUs (2304 shaders) @ 2.23 GHz Custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2, 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs (3328 shaders) @ 1.825 GHz
Main memory 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6
Mass storage 825 GB SSD, 5 GB/s raw read speed 1 TB SSD, 2.4 GB/s raw read speed
Optical UHD and DVD Blu-ray UHD and DVD Blu-ray
Display HDMI 2.1 4K, 8K, Full HD, HD, HDR HDMI 2.1 4K, 8K, Full HD, HD, HDR
Special Ray tracing Ray tracing


Generally speaking, the Xbox Series X has a slightly more powerful GPU, while the PS5 has a faster SSD. The specifications are very close and those numbers don’t tell the whole story. In the end, the real differences will come down to on-line services and games.