Unique approaches to design this time around mean that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 cannot be directly compared. Microsoft opened the floodgates last month for XSX Hardware Info with drops revealing VRS, VRR, Ray Tracing, and more. Mark Cerny presented in-depth details at yesterday’s Road to PS5 Event about how PS5’s custom chips, special SSD, Audio Ray Tracing, and AMD hardware all work together.
We have learned from industry experts that TFlops are no longer useful in determining what the final experience will be like for these consoles. PS5 has variable clock speeds for CPU and GPU, whereas XSX does not. One has more compute units, balancing them to a lower clock frequency, one has less compute units but with a higher clock. XSX has two different types of memory while PS5 is using all of its memory at a fixed speed. Microsoft is providing its own standard for expanding high-speed storage while Sony is allowing aftermarket drives when PCIe 4.0 reaches maturity and becomes faster / more affordable.
Today we have been given further specifications of the next-gen Xbox Series X by Microsoft themselves. This news comes directly after a war on price has already begun between the two tech giants during which PS4 Pro is on sale (25% Off) and Xbox One X is on sale (40% Off) a skirmish which sets the tone for battle as Microsoft proves they are willing to eat more on hardware cost to gain monthly subscribers and heavy gamers who demand high specs.
To begin the revival of console wars, Xbox Series X ships with a 12 TFlop GPU by comparison to the rumored 9 TFlop GPU which PlayStation 5 houses. The cost to manufacture XSX is likely higher than that of the PS5 but their final retail price could both end up at $499 USD, the exact same price we predicted back in October, meaning PS4 can continue to be sold without too large of a price drop for a few years (long enough to surpass the PS2 as the highest selling console of all time).
However, this could also help Microsoft regain a lot of customers as they will be able to pitch the more powerful machine for the same cost, or even lower by gifting Xbox Game Pass, free games, controllers, and other bundles including even monthly financing payment options which Microsoft has utilized for Xbox One X.