When Microsoft jumped the gun and revealed the Xbox Series X, apparently long before Sony was close to being ready to reveal the PlayStation 5, the first shot of the next-gen console war was fired. It was a brutal shot that set a bar of which Sony has no choice but to meet or beat. As we pointed out in our raw comparison of the two next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X has the PS5 beat in most categories. Be that as it may, a lot has been said since, and drama between the two consoles continued to escalate.
In early April, Phil Spencer made it pretty clear that he wasn’t worried about the PlayStation 5 at all while right around the same time rumors that the PS5 would be delayed due to design flaw and hardware problem began to circulate. It only took a couple of days before a Crytek rendering engineer – Ali Salehi – claimed that the PS5 was superior and was, in fact, much easier to work with. All this while Sony has yet to reveal the PS5 console, but went ahead and released details on the new DualSense PS5 controller.
Things have been quite for about a week now, and Mr. Salehi from Crytek as stepped back on his original statement, but another Microsoft exec has decided to fire yet another shot. This shot comes from Bill Stillwell of the Microsoft Cognition Team and formerly of Xbox, who spoke about the whole Series X vs. PS5 power narrative in a YouTube live stream:
“I think what you saw [with the PS5 reveal] was the unfortunate by-product of a GDC talk being turned into a marketing event. I loved Sony’s talk, I think they’ve got some cool tech. I personally think we have a better console, we’re not worried about the power narrative.”
So, while trying our hardest to remain unbiased, it really seems as if the Xbox team is on top of its game. There are heaps of confidence oozing from the company and, meanwhile, the best Sony has provided us with is a look at the new DualSense controller and some specs. There is no PS5 gameplay to look at, and we still don’t know what the console looks like. Will all eyes on both companies to see which comes out the strongest, you’d think that Sony would be a little more proactive in showing its dominance. Maybe the rumors about the PS5’s redesign are true or, maybe; just maybe, Sony is holding four aces in its hand and is just waiting to show its cards until the time is right.
If Sony does show up late but swinging hard, the next-gen console war could turn out to be even more intense than the last. So far, Sony claims the PS5 is still on track for release this year and Microsoft remains adamant that its console will make the holiday 2020 launch as well. A recent leak via the UK Xbox page hints that the Series X could launch on Thanksgiving and, if that’s the case, one has to wonder whether or not Sony will be ready to deliver that early. These are interesting times we’re living in friends, and it’s only going to get more interesting as we move closer to launch. In the meantime, check out the full video above and take a look at the specs below!
|Xbox Series X||PlayStation 5|
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU||12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)|
|Process||TSMC 7nm Enhanced||N/A|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||16GB GDDR6/256-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s||448GB/s|
|Internal Storage||1TB Custom NVMe SSD||Custom 825GB SSD|
|IO Throughput||2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)||5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||1TB Expansion Card||NVMe SSD Slot|
|External Storage||USB 3.2 HDD Support||USB HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|