Today we will be discussing how PlayStation 5 specs compare to the specs of Xbox Scarlett. For those who don’t know, Microsoft unveiled Project Scarlett at E3 2019.
On the other hand, Sony revealed PS5 back in April in an interview. With both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett now officially announced, let’s see how the two stack up against each other.
Xbox Project Scarlett vs PlayStation 5 specs
For starters, PlayStation 5 will boast an 8-core, 7-nanometer custom AMD Zen 2 CPU (the basis of the Ryzen 3000 products arriving for PC users next) and a custom AMD Radeon Navi GPU. As for Xbox Scarlett, it will also boast a custom next-gen AMD CPU running on Zen 2 and Navi architecture. Microsoft has not yet officially revealed the cores that they will be using but 8 is likely. Since both consoles feature custom built CPUs, it’s hard to figure out which one is more powerful at the moment.
In terms of graphics, both Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5 will be using AMD’s next-gen RDNA-powered Navi technology to provide breathtaking graphics. As for graphics features, both Microsoft and Sony have confirmed that their next-generation consoles will support Ray-tracing technology, something currently only available in high-end gaming PCs. Though both of the companies have yet to reveal if raytracing will be hardware accelerated or not. Both systems are almost the same when it comes to graphical features.
PS5 and Scarlett both are capable of running games in 4K resolution with up to 120 FPS and 8K support.
The major difference is expected to be made with Sony’s SSD. Sony has made it clear that Sony’s SSD is proprietary, which means that it can be more optimized and improved for PS5 to deliver better performance as compared to Project Scarlett’s standard SSD.
Sony’s Mark Cerny revealed previously that PS5’s SSD will not be a standard one. Cerny said that PS5 SSD has “a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs.”
According to the latest reports, PS5 will make use of PCIe 4.0 interface powered by AMD to deliver fast performance and to eliminate loading times. As seen in the video below, it takes only 0.8 seconds for PS5 to load Spiderman as compared to 15 seconds on the PS4 Pro. The huge difference in Spiderman loading times is expected to be the result of PS5’s PCIe 4.0 support. It’s speculation for now.
Sony’s official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) 21 May 2019
There’s also a new Sony patent now available which reveals how the upcoming console will eliminate loading times. According to the patent, PS5 will split the game areas into segments and load them in the background individually to allow seamless gameplay experience without any game pause or annoying loading screens.
As for Xbox, Microsoft has also confirmed that Project Scarlett will come with an SSD which will provide 40x SSD performance increase over Xbox One. It’s currently unknown how much storage will be offered in upcoming consoles but we expect it to be not less than 1 TB.
In terms of RAM, Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Scarlett specs include a GDDR6 RAM which is good news for Xbox owners. That’s because for some reason Microsoft decided to go with slower bandwidth DDR3 RAM in the Xbox One compared to the faster GDDR5 memory found in PS4 system.
Sony has yet to announce which RAM they are using in PS5 but we can expect it to be GDDR6, same as the one in Project Scarlett.
Virtual Reality Games and Headset
The only thing confirmed by Sony that Microsoft has not yet commented on is the support of PlayStation VR with PS5. Yes, Sony’s successful PS VR which launched for PS4 will be usable with the next-generation PlayStation console. However, it remains to be known if move controllers or existing titles will carry over to the next-gen or not.
On the other hand, Microsoft has not yet decided to step in the world of virtual reality games and we do not see them making a decision anytime soon. Keeping that in mind, virtual reality lovers should definitely purchase a PS5.
PlayStation fans are finally in luck as Sony has confirmed that PS5 will come with backwards compatibility support. Furthermore. Mark Cerny says that the console will experience slow transition which means that the games will arrive on both PS4 and PS5.
As for Microsoft, the company was less clear about backwards compatibility feature at E3 2019. The spokesperson at E3 2019 revealed that the players will be able to bring games, achievements, and accessories forward to the next-gen Xbox. However, it’s unclear how exactly that will happen. It’s possible that Microsoft will bring Xbox One games to Next Xbox with Xbox Game Pass. In short, older games will be most likely playable on both next-generation consoles so worried players can rest easy.
3D Sound Technology
Sony’s Mark Cerny revealed that PlayStation 5 will come with 3D sound technology. The next-gen PlayStation console will be able to deliver audio surround sound without any external hardware support.
3D sound technology feature will make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side. While the effect will require no external hardware—it will work through TV speakers and virtual surround sound—he allows that the “gold standard” will be headphone audio, Wired explains.
On the other hand, Microsoft has not said anything about sound improvements being made with Xbox Scarlett.
PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett Games
There’s a huge list of games coming to next-generation of consoles. Personally, I believe think that games will be a major difference between both consoles to the public. Sony is expected to release titles like The Last of Us 2, Ghosts of Tsushima and Death Stranding on PS5 in the beginning. As for the future, we are likely to see new breathtaking titles on PS5 from video game series like God of War, Gran Turismo, Uncharted, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more.
Microsoft has a smaller library of first-party titles in works for Xbox Scarlett. Phil Spencer announced at E3 2019 that Xbox Scarlett will release in 2020 with Halo Infinite as the launch title.
PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett price
PS5 and Xbox Scarlett prices have yet to be revealed. However, most analysts predict that upcoming consoles will sell somewhere between $399 to $799. Given the above specs we discussed, I personally believe that PS5 and Xbox Scarlett will cost us around $500.
PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett release date
As for question when does Xbox Scarlett come out? Microsoft confirmed at E3 2019 that Project Scarlett will release in Holiday 2020.
We don’t have a PlayStation 5 release date yet but it’s rumored to release at the end of 2020 after the launch of Microsoft’s console. Sony is likely to discuss its next-generation console at PlayStation Experience 2019.
To find out which is better when it comes to PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Scarlett, we will have to wait as more specs get revealed to the public.