Both Sony and Microsoft are currently competing in a race to dominate the video game console market. Both companies are working on their next-gen consoles right now with cutting edge hardware. Microsoft recently officially unveiled its next-gen console, Project Scarlett, at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference. Even though Sony was absent from E3 2019, a rumor insists that the PlayStation 5 is still more powerful than the Xbox Project Scarlett.
The rumor comes from Andrew Reiner, the executive editor of Game Informer. Reiner is clearly someone who has a lot of insight in the video game industry given his position. According to a Tweet made by Reiner, Sony’s upcoming next-gen PlayStation 5 console is still more powerful than Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scarlett.
Rumors before the show say the PS5 is more powerful than Project Scarlett, but we’ll see.
— Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) June 9, 2019
Strange enough, both consoles have hardware that is somewhat similar.
Microsoft has said that their Project Scarlett is 4 times more powerful than the Xbox One X. They have also boasted 8K resolution support, 120 FPS capabilities and ray tracing. Furthermore, the real kick is the AMD’s 7nm ZEN 2 CPU and the NAVI GPU architecture. Project Scarlett will also feature a lightning-fast, high-bandwidth GDDR6 RAM that will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before”.
That’s not all though. Project Scarlett also has a Solid State Drive. During the Project Scarlett reveal video, Microsoft said, “We’ve created a new generation of SSDs… We’re using the SSD as virtual RAM.” This SSD is said to boost performance 40 times the one its predecessors were capable of. It will cut down on loading times and allow games to load things like textures and maps more quickly on the go.
Perhaps the standout of Project Scarlett is its backward capability. The next-gen console will allow players to play games from previous consoles. This is something that Microsoft has recently shifted more focus on. Microsoft’s Project Scarlett will be out in holiday season 2020. Microsoft hasn’t announced Project Scarlett’s price yet. But we’ll get that as soon as Microsoft is ready.
Sony, on the other hand, still remains ambitious with its PlayStation 5 and its vision of future gaming. According to Sony, “the two keywords for the future direction of PlayStation are ’immersive’ and ‘seamless.’”
Sony aims to achieve this immersion by PlayStation 5’s “dramatically increased graphics rendering speeds, achieved through the employment of further improved computational power and a customized ultra-fast, broadband SSD”.
PS5 pretty much has the same AMD Zen 2 CPU with the exception of 8 cores. The GPU, however, is the same as the Project Scarlett. An AMD Radeon ‘NAVI with custom ray tracing. The RAM is also similar, a GDDR6. Sony has also put a next-gen SSD in its PlayStation 5 which is custom built. The SSD will also use the new PCle 4.0 connection. This custom SSD cuts down loading times by more than half. Sony has also included support for up to 8K graphics, ray tracing, and 3D audio in the PS5.
So essentially, the real difference between Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett is that the PS5 is said to have 8 cores.
As of now, it is difficult to say whether or not the PS5 is really more powerful than Project Scarlett because we haven’t seen them in action. We only have to rely on what the companies have announced and rumors such as these.
The best thing to do right now is to take this rumor with at least a tiny grain of salt. There still remains a chance that Project Scarlett will defeat PS5 in the console war. It is equally as likely that PlayStation 5 might win against Project Scarlett. While we saw Microsoft detail its upcoming next-gen console, we are still yet to see Sony do a PlayStation 5 unveiling of the same scale.
I guess we just have to wait and see