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The “PS5/XSS/XSX are basically PCs” Myth

Common tech, different philosophies: what it means, why it matters

Kostas Farkonas
Jan 31 · 10 min read
The latest PlayStation and Xbox consoles are based on similar tech, like this AMD-designed chip in the XSX. This does not mean that consoles “are like PCs” in any meaningful way. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Common tech: just the starting point

The PS4 and the Xbox One were the first systems likened to PCs because of their architecture back in 2013 and it is still as much a misconception as it was back then. (Image credit: Norbert Levajsics, Unsplash)
The Xbox 360 was based on the PowerPC architecture legacy Macs used for years but it did not have anything to do with the way those computers worked. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Custom blocks: the secret sauce that makes a difference

The PS5 will be able to use PCIe NVMe SSDs at some point, but even then the custom block Sony designed for its storage controller changes things in real-life operation. (Image credit: Road to NextGen Gaming)

Device OS and fixed target hardware: deciding factors

Not only is PC gaming not the same entertainment experience compared as the console gaming one, but the very development process of their respective games must be different by necessity (Image credit: Shrimay Dash, Unsplash)
The PS4 Pro was the first mid-generation system to break from the “fixed hardware” tradition of consoles, but 2-3 configurations are still preferable to thousands of different ones found in the PC world. (Image credit: Michael Boskovski, Unsplash)

Consoles are not like PCs — and let us be thankful for that

The “Consoles are like PCs now” mantra is, and always be, a misconception: they are very, very different devices and we should be glad they are. (Image credit: Ammar Abu-Zaid, Unsplash)

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Kostas Farkonas

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Veteran journalist, project kickstarter, tech nut, cynical gamer, music addict, movie maniac. Will work for money, fame and bandwidth. More on farkonas.com.

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