Apple TV 4K vs PS5: How does the performance compare?

Apple TV 4K vs PS5: How does the performance compare?

The latest Apple TV 4K has been available to consumers for about a week, and we continue to learn more about the changes and improvements Apple has made with this year’s revamp. The new Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 Bionic chip and is now being thoroughly tested Flat screensHD offers an interesting look at how this compares to gaming consoles like the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5.

Apple TV 4K performance test

The A15 chip used by this year’s Apple TV 4K has a 4-core GPU, rather than the 5-core GPU version used in the iPhone 13 Pro. It also has a 4-core CPU instead of a 5-core CPU, again showing that it’s basically a ‘binned’ version of the A15 Bionic chip used in other devices.

In terms of performance compared to the previous generation Apple TV with an A12 chip inside, the tests have been done Flat screensHD show that this year’s Apple TV 4K is “roughly 40% faster.” Apple advertises that it’s 50% faster, but this difference could simply be due to differences in testing methodology.

Another change this year is that the latest Apple TV 4K doesn’t have a fan inside, resulting in a smaller and lighter design. How does this affect performance, cooling and throttling? The new Apple TV 4K actually throttles fewer than the previous model:

In our CPU benchmark tests, A15 was about 40% faster than A12 in the previous Apple TV – just short of the 50% improvement Apple claimed, which may use a different testing methodology. On the other hand, we were surprised to find that the A15 throttles less than the A12 considering it doesn’t have active cooling. A 20-minute CPU stress test throttles A12 to 65% while A15 throttles to just 84%, meaning the new Apple TV 4K can sustain most of its CPU performance during prolonged heavy loads in games.

Compared to game consoles like PS5 and Xbox One:

The CPU in the A15 Bionic is much, much faster than previous generation gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 5. The A15’s CPU performance core is also significantly faster than the PS5’s CPU core (single-core performance), but PS5 pulls at multi-core performance as it has 8 cores as opposed to 5 cores in the Apple TV version of A15.

As for the GPU, the Apple TV 4K (2022) exceeds 1 TFlops of graphics performance on paper, but how much is a bit unclear as no GPU information or benchmark apps are available for tvOS. In terms of TFlops performance, it still can’t compete with last generation gaming consoles like Xbox One and has half the RAM (4GB vs. 8GB).

On the other hand, the Apple TV 4K (2022) has much faster RAM and comes with a very fast NVMe SSD, as opposed to the old-school hard drive found in last-gen consoles. We’re getting closer to a point where, in theory, Xbox One and PS4 games should be playable on Apple TV without too many compromises.

For years, Apple has tried to turn the Apple TV into a gaming device, but without much success. These tests underscore that the issue isn’t performance, but the lack of broader support from developers and game studios. These tests show that little has changed in this department, but the performance of the available games continues to impress.

The full review of Flat screensHD provides a look at performance for games such as Beyond a steel sky, Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Wayless, and much more. Check it out here

Will the Apple TV 4K ever become a leading gaming device? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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