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

The latest Apple TV 4K has been available to consumers for about a week, and we continue to learn more about Apple’s changes and improvements with this year’s review. The new Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, and in depth testing e FlatpanelsHD It offers an interesting look at how this compares to game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Apple TV 4K performance test

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

In terms of performance compared to the previous generation Apple TV with the A12 chip inside, tests have been done FlatpanelsHD This year’s Apple TV 4K show is “almost 40% faster.” Apple sells it to be 50 times faster, but this difference simply comes down to differences in testing methodology.

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Another change this year is that the latest Apple TV 4K does not have a fan inside, in favor of a smaller and lighter design. How does this effect effect, cooling, and suffocation? The new Apple TV 4K also hits the spot less model than before:

In our CPU Benchmark test, the A15 was nearly 40% faster than the A12 in the previous Apple TV – short of Apple’s claimed 50% improvement that can be achieved using different testing methods. On the other hand, we were surprised to see the A15 throttle less than the A12 considering it doesn’t have active cooling. A 20-minute CPU load throttled the A12 to 65% while the A15 throttled to just 84%, indicating that the new Apple TV 4K is very capable of sustaining its CPU performance during long-term loads in games.

According to comparisons to game consoles like PS5 and Xbox One;

The CPU in the A15 Bionic is much, much faster than previous generation game consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 5. The A15’s CPU core performance is also significantly faster than the PS5’s CPU core (single-core performance) but the PS5 pulls ahead in many – core performance that has 8 cores as opposed to 5 cores in the Apple TV version A15.

As for the GPU, the Apple TV 4K (2022) on paper surpasses 1 TFlops of graphical performance but how much is unclear as there are no GPU info or apps available for tvOS. In terms of TFlops performance it still beats the latest-gen gaming console like the Xbox One and only has half as much RAM (4 GB vs. 8GB).

In contrast, the Apple TV 4K (2022) has much faster RAM and a very fast NVMe SSD unlike the old-school hard drive in the last-gen console. We are starting to get to the point where Xbox One and PS4 games should be, in theory, a player on Apple TV without many compromises.

For years, Apple has tried to turn the Apple TV into a gaming machine but without much success. This underscores the fact that the outcome is not an achievement, but a lack of greater support for developers and game developers. These tests show that little has changed in that area, but the games that are available continue to impress.

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The full review from FlatpanelsHD provides a look at the performance of the games Above the Steel Sky, Sayonara Wild Heart, On the roadand much more. Check here.

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

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