An industry titan speaks.

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s upcoming next-generation console.
  • It should launch in Holiday 2020.
  • Valve’s Gabe Newell was recently asked which upcoming next-generation console was better.
  • He said that the Xbox Series X was better, probably due to its specifications advantage over the PlayStation 5.

Gabe Newell is the President of Valve Corporation, the company behind acclaimed games and technology like Half-Life and Steam, respectively. He has been in New Zealand for the past several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. He went there on vacation with his family, but due to the severe situation in the United States, decided to stay in the country to stay safe rather than risk exposure during prolonged international travel.

In order to thank the country and its people for their hospitality, he’s putting on a show with lots of artists and other forms of technology. While discussing his decision to stay in New Zealand and the event, the hosts of a local show called The Project asked Newell which upcoming next-generation console was better, the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 (PS5). He immediately said that the “Xbox” was better. You can take a look at the interview below, with the next-generation console discussion at the 3-minute mark.

The Xbox… because it is… As you know, I don’t have a stake in that race so, obviously, we do most of our development on personal computers so… but of the two, I would definitely go with an Xbox.

While Newell didn’t provide further clarification, his reasoning seems to stem from the specifications of both devices. You can take a look at them below.

Category Xbox Series X PS5
Processor 8 cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU Variable 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU
Graphics 12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 Variable 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s 448 GB/s
Internal Storage 1 TB Custom NVME SSD 825GB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed) 5.5 GB/s (Raw), 8-9 GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage 1 TB Custom SSD expansion card NVMe SSD slot

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