Sony has confirmed the hardware specs for the PS5, their next-generation console. These specs also paint a different picture if compared against Xbox Series X.
PS5 hardware specs were detailed in a presentation given by Mark Cerny, who is the lead hardware architect for PlayStation 5. The technical presentation that detailed the hardware capability of the PS5 was live-streamed online on YouTube. It included three important features.
First is the storage. Mark Cerny confirms that PS5 uses a custom SSD storage solution that allows a max read bandwidth of 5.5 GB/s. This is faster than anything currently available in the market and will lead to instant load times in most games. It will change the process of design games where developers had to carefully mask loading through level design.
Second is the Audio output. PS5 is able to use its Tempest engine to provide immersive 3D audio. An example that was given for this new audio technology inside the PS5 is for raindrops. It will allow the developers to make the player hear raindrops like they are standing out in the rain. It will help enhance the experience of playing games and don’t need any hardware or expensive sound systems.
Lastly, there is the GPU and CPU capability of the PlayStation 5. It was confirmed that the PlayStation 5 GPU will offer 10.3 TFLOPs of power. The CPU is an 8 core x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2” offering a variable frequency of 3.5 GHz.
|CPU||x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”|
|8 Cores / 16 Threads|
|Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz|
|GPU||AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine|
|Ray Tracing Acceleration|
|Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)|
|System Memory||GDDR6 16GB|
|5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)|
|PS5 Game Disc||Ultra HD Blu-ray™, up to 100GB/disc|
|Video Out||Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)|
|Audio||“Tempest” 3D AudioTech|
The full specs for the PS5 can be seen above, as listed on the official PlayStation blog.
As seen on reddit, here is a chart that compares the specs of the PS5 to Xbox Series X. It is clear that Microsoft’s next-generation console carries more power than the PS5 on paper, but how well this translates to games is yet to be seen in action.
Sony hasn’t revealed the design of the PS5 and there is no update on when the console is expected to launch. This was a technical presentation demonstrating the customization available in the PS5 hardware.