After a talk event got cancelled because of the Coronavirus, the official PlayStation YouTube channel livestreamed a special announcement from PS5 system architect Mark Cerny himself. There, he talked about how this new console platform will run.

As revealed in the video, here are the PlayStation 5’s specs:

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU Architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory/Interface: 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO Throughput: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
  • Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot
  • External Storage: USB HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

Now, compare that to the current PlayStation 4’s specs:

  • CPU: 8x Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPs, 18 CUs at 800MHz
  • GPU Architecture: Custom GCN
  • Memory/Interface: 8GB GDDR5/256-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 176GB/s
  • Internal Storage: 500GB HDD
  • IO Throughput: Approx 50-100MB/s (dependent on data location on HDD)
  • Expandable Storage: Replaceable internal HDD
  • External Storage: USB HDD Support
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray Drive

The PS5 will be using a technology called Boost, which can adjust CPU and GPU usage on-the-fly. In other words, it adjusts to the needs of the game that the player is running. This also means that developers can finely tune game performance as well, making the PS5 a more versatile console than its predecessor.

All in all, Cerny made many promises, such as expandable storage, unprecedented 3D audio fidelity, and better graphics. Unfortunately, they did not reveal how this new console will look like, or when to expect it will arrive. However, do expect fans to wait patiently as Sony reveals more details in the days to come.

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Source: Sony PlayStation livestream


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