Something, Something, Something, Fast SSD, Something, Something—Sony Fails to Inspire in PlayStation 5 Tech Talk

I was really looking forward to Sony’s PlayStation 5 Tech Talk. In the end, I feel like I did not get a lot out of it. Perhaps because this was a highly technical GDC presentation that was inexplicably repackaged for consumers?

Thankfully, there are people out there who created fancy charts comparing the PS5 specs to the Xbox Series X’s.

FeaturePlayStation 5Xbox Series X
Release DateHoliday 2020Holiday 2020
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
RAM16GB GDDR6 RAM (256-bit)16 GB GDDR6 RAM
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 335GB/s
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5HGz8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)
GPUCustom AMD Radeon RDNA Navi 10.28 Teraflops, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz – (Supports Ray Tracing and 3D Audio via Tempest Engine)Custom AMD Radeon RNDA Navi 12 Teraflops, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz – (Supports DirectX Ray Tracing)
Video Output4K, 120hz refresh rate, 8K SupportNative 4K, 8K Support, Up to 120hz
Data Transfer Speed (I/O Throughput)5.5GB/S (Raw), 8-9GB/S (Compressed)2.4gB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)
StorageCustom 825GB SSD Storage Drive1 TB NVMe SSD Storage Drive
External StorageNVMe SSD Slot, USB HDD SupportSeagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support

In a nutshell, and there is no denying it, the Xbox Series X is more powerful pretty much across the board. The PS5 has the edge when it come to storage speed. Perhaps this is the reason why Mark Cerny spent so much time touting it.

In the end, I’m sure everything will be fine. Look, Sony still has all their exclusives. While the PS5 is not as powerful, its no slouch either, according to Digital Foundry.

At the end of the day, PlayStation fanboys are taking this in stride.

[Source: YouTube & Eurogamer]

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