PS5 vs. Xbox Series X Specs: How Each Next-Gen Console Stacks Up

With less than a month until the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are both released, some gamers may be on the fence as to which of the next-gen consoles to pick up this holiday season.

For some, the lineup of games at launch, as well as future exclusives, will be a defining factor. For others, it's about habit, like with phones; the system gamers are used to, whether it's PlayStation or Xbox, will determine whether they'll continue to play that system's successor.

However, there are some gamers, both casual and hardcore, that will want to know which of the next-gen consoles are more powerful, and that's where this spec comparison comes in.

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Both systems have similar costs, with the Xbox Series X and the base PS5 costing $499. However, both companies will be selling a more economic option in the Xbox Series S ($299) and the PS5 Digital ($399) that offer similar experiences, but without disc drives.

Sony is boasting that the Digital and base versions of the PS5 will have similar specs, while the Xbox Series X has better specs than the Series S.

Here's a rundown of the major specs of the PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S:

PS5

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

Processor

8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with variable frequency at 3.5 GHz

8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with variable frequency at 3.8 GHz

8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with variable frequency at 3.8 GHz

Graphics

10.28 teraflops, 36 CUs clocked at a variable frequency of 2.23 GHz

12.15 teraflops, 52 CUs clocked at 1.825 GHz

4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs clocked at 1.565 GHz

RAM

16GB of GDDR6 SDRAM

16GB of GDDR6 SDRAM

10GB GDDR6 SDRAM

Storage

825GB SSD

1TB SSD

1TB SSD

Expandable Storage

NVMe SSD slot

1TB Microsoft expansion card slot

1TB Microsoft expansion card slot

Optical Drive

4K UHD Blu-ray (none for the digital version)

4K UHD Blu-ray

None

Display

Up to 8K

Up to 8K

Up to 4K

If you're someone who's concerned with the numbers, the Xbox Series X is slightly more powerful than the PS5, with the Xbox Series S coming in third.

Some of the most important info included in the above specs has to do with the systems' storage. The new Xbox consoles state that it comes with 1TB of storage, but it doesn't disclose how much of that amount can be used for games. Some of it will be used to run files and the user interface of the console, so gamers won't have the complete 1TB to use to download games or save files on the console.

As for the PS5, we don't know if that 825GB is what's usable or not. If it's not all usable, then the number of GB used for games is less.

Both consoles will also have backwards capabilities. The Xbox Series X will allow for games from as far back as the original Xbox console to be played on the next-gen system—you can read more about that here.

The PS5, on the other hand, will only allow PS4 games. You can read more about that here.

What do you think of the two consoles? Let us know which you prefer in the comments section.

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