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With both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X featuring custom CPU and GPU hardware by AMD the big question at the moment - without hardware specs - comes down to the difference between the two. Based on rumours and industry speculation the feeling is that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will be the more powerful of the two, but both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X will be comparable in performance.

According to recent leaks, which have been put together in this excellent piece by Digital Foundry - the story looks to be exactly that. Which comes down to internal testing documentation leaks that list the codename for the PS5's graphics chip as 'Gonzalo' and the Xbox Series X's as 'Arden'.

How people have worked out that the Gonzalo is the PS5 comes down to the 36 custom Navi compute unit GPU (at 2000MHz) having additional Gen1 and Gen0 modes. The Gen1's 36 compute units and 911MHz core clock speed match the exact specifications of PlayStation 4 Pro - meaning that the PlayStation 5 will be handling backwards compatible PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro enhanced titles at the hardware level.

This is different to how Microsoft has approached backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, which is done via more traditional emulation means - that have resulted in older original Xbox titles running in 4K with higher frame-rates. In terms of hardware and a direct comparison to the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X 56 custom Navi compute unit GPU (at 1700MHz) puts its raw power at roughly 25% higher than the PlayStation 5. Which is around 9.2 teraflops of the PS5 versus the Xbox Series X's 12.2.

Again none of this is confirmed, and a lot of this info around benchmarks and documentation dates back a few months so these numbers may have changed or could change as we head into 2020. But with faster GPUs, high-speed GDDR6 memory (which the Xbox Series X features a faster version than the PS5), and fast SSD storage - the next-generation of consoles will certainly be powerful bits of hardware when they launch in late 2020.


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