PS5, bad news, uses Primitive Shaders: Series X uses Mesh Shaders

What are the differences between PS5 and Xbox Series X? Difficult (and unfair) to make a complete comparison in a nutshell, but now we can point out at least one big difference: according to what Digital Foundry reported, PS5 uses AMD’s RDNA 1 architecture Primitive Shaders, while Xbox Series X uses RDNA 2’s Mesh Shaders.

The Primitive Shaders were presented in June 2019 for RDNA 1 and were shown by Sony in the “Road to PS5” presentation. Xbox Series X, on the other hand, has opted for the latest technologies and, not surprisingly, Microsoft has pointed this out in its marketing campaign in recent months, probably knowing that the direct competitor would not be able to offer the same level of technology.

However, this is not the only confirmation. PS5, in fact, lacks the INT8 / INT4 instructions used for machine learning. Xbox Series Xinstead, it can use them. For now, machine learning and artificial intelligence don’t have a big impact on the console ecosystem, but in the long run it could make a difference. Let’s think for example of Nvidia’s DLSS which is able to improve image quality and also the performance of games.

That’s certainly not good news for PS5, who must immediately deal with a more powerful opponent. In fact, let’s remember that, at the beginning of the PS4 – Xbox One generation, the Sony PlayStation console won the favor of the public (also) because it was slightly more powerful than Microsoft’s gaming machine.

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By now, this type of information will not change the results of D1 and the first few months (pre-orders have been sold-out almost everywhere for some time), but in the long run the public could turn their favor to Xbox Series X. They will still be the first games party to make a definitive answer to the question: we hope that the Microsoft teams will release their products soon, they could really be a surprise.

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