Based on everything what's know about the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony, pundits are now predicting that Microsoft's Xbox Series X will be significantly more powerful than Sony's PlayStation 4.
The Xbox Series X is believed to feature an eight-core AMD Zen 2-based processor, graphics with 56 custom Navi-based CUs, GDDR6 memory and NVMe SSD storage. Basically, these are the specifications of a pretty high-end gaming PC, whereas the new console from Sony looks more modest. Of course, this is if the current rumors are all true.
If — again, if — these rumors are true, the gaps are going to be a lot narrower this time around. The 1.7GHz clock speed on the Xbox Series X’s GPU is required to hit a supposed target of 12TFLOPS, but Eurogamer didn’t get that clock speed leak directly. The gap in GPU performance between the PS5 and XSX would be partially offset by faster clocks on the PS5, but only partially.
Frankly, the spec gap between the PS5 and XSX is large enough that you could argue the Xbox specs are less likely to be true. It’s also possible Microsoft decided to pull out all the stops after the disaster of the Xbox One. Doubling down on beating Sony in raw performance from Day 1 might represent Microsoft’s big idea for preventing a repeat of what happened last generation.