Sony PlayStation 5 hardware specs are revealed

Sony PlayStation 5 hardware specs are revealed
We now know the final specs of what's under the hood of Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5) console, which will launch later this year.

Sony wants the specs of the PlayStation 5 to enable a step up worthy of being called next-generation, though it stresses that something like the total TFLOPs figure won't necessarily tell the full story in terms of performance. However, it is still worth taking a look at the raw hardware specs to see what they are packing into this new system.



Mark Cerny is demonstrating PS5 system architecture as I type, but the raw details of the hardware are already online thanks to Digital Foundry. In a nutshell, here is what the PS5 will pack under the hood:
  • 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
PlayStation 5, like Xbox Series X, will support ray-tracing which makes the propogation of light and its interaction with objects in-game more realistic. For example, water becomes transparent and light sources will be distorted under way. Also, light passing through a colored semi-transparent object will cast a colored shadow.

The 16GB of GDDR6 memory is welcome, and the transition from mechanical spinning internal HDDs to a custom-made 825GB SSD will kick up loading and performance noticeably. Both an NVMe SSD Slot and support USB external storage provides plenty of space for a game library.

PS5 will also have a new controller that swaps the DualShock rumble for haptic feedback, which will provide a wider range of feedback than the familiar rumble which can feel the same for almost any kind of game.

More details on the PS5 will be along shortly.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 18 Mar 2020 12:56
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  • 3 comments
  • fb2075

    I wish they would say how much video memory the graphics card will have. Unless it's the 16GB of DDR6.

    18.3.2020 18:33 #1

  • baalwayne

    Originally posted by fb2075: I wish they would say how much video memory the graphics card will have. Unless it's the 16GB of DDR6. I think the 'G' in GDDR6 usually refers to graphics memory.

    20.3.2020 10:17 #2

  • Alec2

    Nothing has been said about backward compatible as usual a machine that makes your PS4 games redundant! I know they want your money but at least let families with children play their old playstation games on it Graphics be blowed.

    20.3.2020 12:23 #3

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