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Impressive graphic should cheer up disappointed PlayStation 5 fans focusing too much on the Xbox Series X power advantage

PlayStation fans should focus on the differences between the PS4 and PS5. (Image source: PS5)
PlayStation fans should focus on the differences between the PS4 and PS5. (Image source: PS5)
The next-gen console specifications have been revealed and on paper the numbers are clearly more favorable for the Xbox Series X. While many PlayStation 5 fans have been bemoaning the perception that Microsoft seems to have outplayed Sony, they have overlooked the fact of just how much the PS5 has to offer over the PS4.
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A well-crafted infographic (see below) shared on the popular forum NeoGAF has offered up some highly visible hope to PlayStation 5 fans who might feel downcast because their console of choice hasn’t completely outmuscled the Xbox Series X. The chart does show how the Xbox Series X in terms of pure numbers is superior to the PS5 in things such as compute units and TFLOPS, as has already been well documented. It also shows how Microsoft has turned around the differences between the Xbox One and PS4 for the next generation of consoles.

But it’s too easy just to stare at the numbers under the Xbox Series X title and wonder what “went wrong” with the PlayStation 5, even if you disregard the fact that the latter's SSD speed looks phenomenal. What future owners of Sony’s next-generation console should really be looking at is the generational differences between the PS4 and PS5 – because they are massive and should delight any gamer.

For instance, the TFLOPS count that many decided was the pivotal figure required to “win” the next-generation console contest has dramatically improved: From 1.84 TFLOPS with the PS4 to 10.29 TFLOPS with the PS5. The storage device of the predecessor operated at 100 MB/s whereas the PS5’s custom SSD will zip along at 5.5 GB/s. 8 GB of GDDR5 memory with a clock of 5,500 MHz has been upgraded to 16 GB of GDDR6 memory clocking at 14,000 MHz. The differences between the PS5 and PS4 are astounding.

Lastly, those controversial compute units that don’t live up to the Xbox Series X’s figure of 52 CUs. The PS5 can boast of twice as many as the PS4, with 36 compared to 18. As for the maximum GPU clock the PS5 can muster, which stands at 2,233 MHz – the PS4’s GPU could only manage 800 MHz. These stunning differences don’t even include the incredible technologies that will be delivered by the inclusion of AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures. It’s the changes between the previous generation and next generation that PS5 fans should really be rejoicing over.

PS4 vs PS5. (Image source: Evilms/NeoGAF/edited)
PS4 vs PS5. (Image source: Evilms/NeoGAF/edited)
Original console comparison. (Image source: Evilms/NeoGAF)
Original console comparison. (Image source: Evilms/NeoGAF)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-03-22 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.