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USB-C and Wi-Fi 6 are two features where the PlayStation 5 outperforms the Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X has a more powerful processor and graphics chip than the PS5, but it seems to have economised a little on USB and Wi-Fi. (Image: Microsoft)
The Xbox Series X has a more powerful processor and graphics chip than the PS5, but it seems to have economised a little on USB and Wi-Fi. (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft has released full specifications for the Xbox Series X and Series S, confirming that the Sony PlayStation 5 is better equipped with USB-C and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity, while the more powerful competitor on this important front appears to have cut corners.
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The official Microsoft website has been redesigned to promote the Xbox Series X and Series S in detail. Microsoft also lists the complete technical specifications, and there are two surprises: The console has "only" dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and the three existing USB ports are of the older Type A, the speed is limited to 5 Gbps, or about 625 MB/s, by the USB 3.1 Gen 1 standard.

The Sony PlayStation 5, on the other hand, will be equipped with Wi-Fi 6, which will not only increase the theoretical maximum speed from 6.9 to 9.6 Gbps, but could also enable a much more stable connection with lower latencies, especially in environments with many different networks - an important criterion in heated multiplayer battles.

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The Bluetooth chip is also slightly more modern, as the PS5 supports Bluetooth 5.1 instead of just 5.0 on the next generation Xbox. Much more exciting, however, is that the PlayStation 5 will offer at least a USB-C port, as the photo of the console embedded below shows - further ports could be on the back, which Sony has not shown so far. 

While the exact specifications of the port are not yet known, Sony will probably at least support USB 3.2 Gen 2 for data transfers at a maximum speed of 10 Gbit/s (approx. 1,250 MB/s). At least as important: USB-C can transfer much more power, so the DualSense controller may be able to be charged very quickly.

Next-generation consoles could be on the market for seven or eight years, so it's a pity that Microsoft has cut back on this front. However, at least until many customers have a Wi-Fi 6 router, the differences in practice are unlikely to be noticeable - the Xbox One controller is powered by AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery anyway, so the older USB ports are unlikely to be a problem for most users.

The front of the PlayStation 5 already features a USB-C connection, while the Xbox Series X is exclusively USB-A. (Image: Sony)
The front of the PlayStation 5 already features a USB-C connection, while the Xbox Series X is exclusively USB-A. (Image: Sony)

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Hannes Brecher
Editor of the original article: Hannes Brecher - Senior Tech Writer - 5499 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Since 2009 I have written for different publications with a focus on consumer electronics. I joined the Notebookcheck news team in 2018 and have combined my many years of experience with laptops and smartphones with my lifelong passion for technology to create informative content for our readers about new developments in this sphere. In addition, my design background as an art director at an ad agency has allowed me to have deeper insights into the peculiarities of this industry.
Marvin Glöckner
Translator: Marvin Glöckner - Translator - 42 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I had a happy childhood full of LAN parties, Peltier cooling, 3dfx accelerator cards, dual CPU motherboards and thermal paste everywhere; followed by a happy youth with more LAN parties, building gaming rigs in acoustic guitars, pizza boxes and trumpet cases. As an adult I am more interested in the tidier, compact gaming world of laptops.
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Hannes Brecher, 2020-09-16 (Update: 2020-09-16)