Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Details

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Games, PlayStation with 13 Comments

Sony is finally revealing details of its next-generation Playstation console. The company today revealed details of the PlayStation 5, including the full specs of the game console.

The news comes just 2 days after Microsoft revealed the specs of its own next-generation console, the Xbox Series X. So what’s on the PlayStation 5? Here are the details.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be powered by a custom octa-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz (variable frequency). The device will have a total of 10.28 teraflops of GPU power, thanks to the custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz (variable frequency).

PS5 will also feature 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD storage. Here’s the full specs of the PlayStation 5, along with the PlayStation 4 specs for comparison, via Eurogamer:

PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) 8x Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) 1.84 TFLOPs, 18 CUs at 800MHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom GCN
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 8GB GDDR5/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 176GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD 500GB HDD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) Approx 50-100MB/s (dependent on data location on HDD)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot Replaceable internal HDD
External Storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive Blu-ray Drive

And for those wondering, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X features identical specs, with a custom octa-core Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.8 GHz. The console will also have 12 teraflops of GPU power with 52 compute units clocked at 1.825GHz. It has the same amount of memory as the PlayStation 5 but offers 1TB of custom NVMe storage. Sony’s lead system architect Mark Cerny urged that the teraflops and compute unit count is not a direct indicator of the performance you can expect from the PlayStation 5.

Interestingly, Sony is promising much higher I/O throughput than Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, which Sony says will allow for no load screens. It’s also 100x faster than the PlayStation 4’s I/O throughput. For external storage, Sony will allow users to use certain M.2 SSD storage, as long as they offer the same/higher IO throughout as the PS5 SSD and fit the slots inside the console.

Sony has already previously announced that the new PlayStation 5 will support 8K gaming, as well as 4K gaming @ 120Hz.

The company said it wanted to provide great audio for all users with the PlayStation 5. That’s why the company focused on providing presence and locality when it comes to the sound within games, that’s why it is adding 3D audio with the PlayStation 5. Cerny detailed quite a lot about how the company is working to implement 3D game audio on the PS5.

Sony is yet to reveal the design of the PlayStation 5.

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