Why A Prominent Developer Thinks PlayStation 5 Is Better Than Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 SSD

What makes PlayStation 5 better than Xbox Series X? It depends on what matters to you the most. But for a developer, the ease of creating the amazing works of art is at the top of the list. According to Crytek rendering engineer Ali Salehi, PlayStation 5 is better than Xbox Series X as it is easier to code for.

The developers are saying PS5 is the easiest console they have ever coded on to reach its peak performance. Software-wise, coding for PS5 is extremely simple and has so many abilities that make the [developers] so free. In total, I can say PS5 is a better console.

PlayStation 5 Vs Xbox One Specs Breakdown

Feature PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X
Price TBA TBA
Release Date Holiday 2020 Holiday 2020
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Game DVR TBA TBA
RAM 16GB GDDR6 RAM (256-bit) 16 GB GDDR6 RAM
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 335GB/s
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5HGz 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)
GPU Custom AMD Radeon RDNA Navi 10.28 Teraflops, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz – (Supports Ray Tracing and 3D Audio via Tempest Engine) Custom AMD Radeon RNDA Navi 12 Teraflops, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz – (Supports DirectX Ray Tracing)
Video Output 4K, 120hz refresh rate, 8K Support Native 4K, 8K Support, Up to 120hz
Peak GPU Shader Throughput TBA Variable Rate Shading (prioritizing individual shading)
Data Transfer Speed (I/O Throughput) 5.5GB/S (Raw), 8-9GB/S (Compressed) 2.4gB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)
Storage Custom 825GB SSD Storage Drive 1 TB NVMe SSD Storage Drive
External Storage NVMe SSD Slot, USB HDD Support Seagate Proprietary External 1TB SSD Expansion Card, USB 3.2 HDD Support
Removable Hard Drive TBA TBA
Cloud Storage TBA TBA
Play As You Download TBA TBA
Remote Download TBA TBA
Account Access from Multiple Consoles TBA TBA
Mandatory Game Installs TBA TBA
Required Internet Connection TBA TBA
Used Game Fee TBA No
Digital game sharing or gifting TBA TBA
Backward Compatibility PlayStation 4 Games, PSVR Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Accessories
Streaming Game Service Remote Play (TBA) Project xCloud
Quick Resume TBA Support multiple games at once
Cross Game Chat TBA TBA
Controllers TBA Series X Controller (Includes Share Button and hybrid D-Pad), Xbox One Controller Compatible
Controller Charging Cable USB Type-C TBA
Controller Batteries TBA TBA
Motion Control TBA TBA
Second Screen TBA TBA
Voice Commands TBA TBA
Subscription Service PlayStation Plus Xbox Live
USB TBA Front: One Type-A USB PortRear: 1TB External SSD Slot
Live Streaming TBA TBA
Reputation Preservation TBA TBA
Web Connection TBA Ethernet
BlueTooth TBA Yes (Plus Radio Connection for Controllers)
Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection) TBA TBA
A/V Hookups 8K Support Native 4K, 8K Support, 2 HDMI 2.1 Ports
IR TBA TBA
Power Supply (PSU) TBA TBA
Near Field Communication (NFC) TBA TBA
Region Locked TBA TBA

Ease and speed of development are what makes PS5 a better console but who’s to say the same doesn’t apply to Xbox Series X? Both consoles use a super-fast SSD and it is safe to say their architecture won’t be too far apart. But we’ll have to wait and see what PlayStation 5 brings to the table once Sony fully commits to a public info-blowout.

PS5’s SSD removes many limitations that hinder a developer’s capabilities and freedoms.  It takes around 20-seconds for an HDD to load 1GB which can drastically change how certain portions of a game are loaded and designed. The limitations of HDDs are discussed in detail in Mark Cerny’s presentation. PlayStation 5 SSD is able to load 5.5 GBs/s to reduce load-times for the player and change the way video games are designed. Since SSDs can push more bandwidth/s,  data can be loaded from the drive as needed. Previously, needless data was loaded into the RAM which created a higher load time. Apart from speed and ease of development, the SSD allows the player to remove parts of the game. Players can simply download parts of the game they like, single-player or multiplayer.

PlayStation 5 SSD isn’t the only impressive feature, there is immersive audio technology. Sony has created a Tempest 3D Audio Engine that uses custom hardware and software algorithms for a more immersive in-game audio experience. The best part is that the new audio technology will work with your current audio equipment.

The Story of Patents

Since Sony Interactive Entertainment has been silent about PS5 we dug around for anything that points to the future of PlayStation. In the past weeks and months, we have found multiple patents that Sony filed for technologies and techniques to be used for PlayStation. It should be noted that patents don’t always get implemented.

We found that Sony is working on a party management system that allows players to bounce from one game to another without disbanding. This could also tie-in to the Dualshock screen idea Sony displayed in a separate patent. We have a very vague picture of PlayStation 5 outside of its SSD and audio features. Until Sony reveals something solid, which we heard is happening in June through an exclusive event with IGN, we can’t say if PS5 is better than Xbox Series X. Even then, it depends on what you are looking for in a console.

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