Can the Apple TV 4K 2022 be measured against the PS5 despite not being a video game console?

A few years ago, comparing a media player like the Apple TV to video game consoles would have been a silly idea. Today, it is not so much anymore. The improvements implemented by those from Cupertino in the 2022 Apple TV 4K are substantial, and with hardware that opens the door to a world of different experiences. For this, since FlatpanelsHD have wondered how this player compares to a PS5. Here we have the answer.

The new Apple TV 4K introduced this year has quite cutting-edge specifications. Inside, includes an A15 Bionic chip (the same as the iPhone 13 Pro), although slightly modified. In this version, Apple has removed two cores, one on the GPU and one on its CPU, leaving only 4 for each.

Can Apple TV 4K measure up to the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5? The answer is quite surprising. While the first was released in 2013, the second barely saw the light of day in 2020, and hasn't even reached its full potential. How can the Apple TV 4K against these machines? The magic is in the underrated power of Apple chips.

The power and optimization of Apple, a difficult mix to beat

Apple TV 4K 2022 |  Netflix

Those from Cupertino seem to do magic with the optimization of their devices. Unlike previous versions, Apple TV 4K does not include a fan among its internal components. Despite this, the company has managed to make it heat up and slow down less than in previous models.

Likewise, the performance of the A15 Bionic chip, compared to the A12, grew by 40%. Although Apple claims that the difference is at least 50%, these were not the results obtained by the researchers. It does not necessarily have to do with Apple lying, they say, but it could be a difference in methodologies.

"A 20 minute CPU stress test dropped the A12 to 65%, while the A15 was reduced to only 84%, they comment from the aforementioned medium. Adding that this could translate to good long-term CPU performance "during prolonged heavy loads in games."

Of course, this is the essential requirement to be able to compare Apple TV 4K to PS5, PS4 and Xbox One. After all, there is no use being able to enter a game, if ten minutes later the components of the device will be red hot.

Apple TV 4K vs. PS5, PS4 and Xbox One

PS5 |  playstation 5 |  sony

According to FlatpanelsHD, the Apple TV 4K's A15 Bionic processor is "much faster than previous-gen consoles." Also, they ensure that this chip is even faster than the performance of the PS5 in a single corealthough Sony's console takes the lead in multi-core performance.

As for the GPU, the Apple TV 4K offers, on paper at least, a graphics performance of just over a Teraflop. Unfortunately, this figure is not even comparable to that of last generation consoles, such as the Xbox One or PS4. In addition, the amount of RAM included in the Apple device barely reaches 4 GB, while both consoles offered at least 8 GB.

Where the Apple TV 4K does take the cake is in the performance of its internal storage. Although it has a smaller capacity RAM, the speed is quite a bit higher than that found on Xbox One and PS4. Likewise, It has a fast NVMe SSD, which takes ahead of the old hard drives that these consoles had.

In conclusion, we have that, although the Apple TV 4K is not a device designed as a video game console, the company is reaching a very positive point in the development of its systems. So much so that, in theory, Xbox One and PS4 games should be playable on Apple TV without too much trouble. In the future, This could become Apple's official commitment to enter this sector.

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