The battle of next-generation consoles is almost upon us as both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are launching next year. Because of this, we should start getting more official information on console specs early next year. Until then we are being inundated with rumors and unofficial leaks. According to the latest rumor, both Playstation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are set to offer at least 10 teraflops of raw compute power.
We know from official sources that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are going to utilize Zen2 and Navi based SOC (system on a chip). This information alone suggests that both consoles will be quite similar. Despite this comparable tech, there are still many more specifics that we don’t know when it comes to final specs. We still don’t know the clock speeds and the number of compute units in the GPU. These will have a profound effect on the final performance of these chips.
What does this rumor mean?
According to a ResetEra varified insider “Kleegamefan”, both Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles will offer more than 10 teraflops of raw compute power. Let me remind you that we are talking about RDNA architecture which offers around 40% more performance per teraflop than GCN which powers current-gen consoles. This goes in line with previous rumors that next-gen consoles might offer performance on pair with RADEON 7 which is a GCN based 14 teraflops graphics card.
More than 10 TFFLOPS would put future consoles above the recently released AMD RX 5700XT graphics card which is currently advertised as the 1440p Ultra settings card on the PC market. However, this card is also capable of running a lot of current games in 4K and 60 FPS. The use of such a chip in next-gen consoles would allow the majority of games to run at 4K 60 FPS or close. Consoles still use dynamic resolution scaling and usually run at high/medium settings so more games should reach 4K resolution. The use of low-level APIs by some developers should help achieve this goal as well.
This level of performance bodes well for the next generation of games on consoles. This would also imply that not only going are we to get a huge boost in terms of CPU performance, but also a significant boost on the GPU front as well. If this information is indeed correct it would mean that the PS5 and Scarlett would be 3x more powerful than PS4 PRO and 2.5 x more powerful than the Xbox One X and that’s very impressive.