During a special “Road to PS5” live stream this evening, Sony shared the first official details of its upcoming next-gen PlayStation 5 console. System Architect, Mark Cherny shared information in regards to a range of topics including the console’s power, how it has been designed with backwards compatibility in mind and much more. Let’s break down everything you need to know about the PS5 specs.
Sony’s video highlighted some main topics including the features of the GPU, how the SSD helps deliver the next-generation, expandable storage, 3D audio through the Tempest 3D Audio Engine and the PS5 technical specs.
PS5 Technical Specs
|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|
|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|
The PS5 will use an AMD Zen 2 CPU eight physical cores and 16 threads. The PS5 will be capable of delivering frequencies of up to 3.5GHz.
Sony’s customised version of the AMD RDNA 2 GPU features 36 compute units running at frequencies that are capped at 2.23GHz, effectively delivering 10.28TF of peak compute performance. The console will also come with am 825GB custom SSD built-into it alongside an expandable SSD slot. It is unclear whether or not the console will make use of proprietory external storage like the Xbox Series X.
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You can watch the full technical reveal down below;