SONY’S PlayStation 5 might outpace Microsoft’s Xbox Series X in terms of performance, according to a new leak.
The consoles are set to go head-to-head on store shelves just before Christmas and the PS5 may have a winning formula.
Neither Sony nor Microsoft have fully detailed their next-gen consoles.
But snippets of information are constantly turning up online, giving us clues about what to expect.
Importantly, the quality of these leaks is quickly ramping up as launch dates approach and as more game-makers get their hands on early test units.
The latest such leak comes from a well-known Twitter user called @Tidux, who revealed accurate info about the PS4 before launch.
According to Tidux, the PS5 will offer better performance than the Xbox Series X overall.
“This is what info I have gathered over the last few weeks,” he wrote.
“Final dev[elopment] kits for PS5 are out.”
He claims that the CPU inside both consoles will be roughly equal, and says the PS5 will have a slightly worse graphics processor too.
But he adds that there will be more (and faster) memory and storage in the PS5, which is enough to give it the edge.
However, you should take this leak with a pinch of salt.
Generally, the GPU is the main factor in how powerful a console is, because it’s the tool used to render all the graphics you see.
But faster storage and memory can mean games load faster which is a major battle for visually-intense games.
We won’t really know whether the PS5 is genuinely more powerful than the Xbox Series X until they both go through detailed testing.
Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X last month
Of course, it’s not just raw performance that makes or breaks a console.
In fact, both consoles look set to be exceptionally powerful so it’s unlikely performance will weigh on anyone’s mind.
More important will probably be the roster of games each console has.
If one console has more (or better) exclusive titles then it will prove very tempting indeed.
Then there’s design: you don’t want a hideous lump on your TV table, and we still don’t know what the PS5 looks like.
Price will also come into play, as some gamers will simply opt for the cheapest console regardless of other factors.
After all, the less you spend on a console, the more money you have to buy games.
Finally, you’ll very likely be swayed by the purchases your pals make.
Even in the age of crossplay becoming more common, gamers will still be keen to be on the same platform as their pals.
In any case, neither Sony or Microsoft have released enough information to verify this leak, so take it with due caution.
In other news, the PS5 reveal could be just days away now.
We recently revealed all the possiblePS5 exclusive games for launch day.
And Microsoft unveiled its new console, the Xbox Series X, last month.
Which console are you more tempted by: the PS5 or Xbox Series X? Let us know in the comments!