The PlayStation 5 will launch in Holiday 2020, boasting serious specs including 8-core processors that allow for ray tracing and zippy SSDs that all but eliminate load times.Sony recently took the wraps off of a ton of key PS5 specs, including its blazing fast SSD, mega powerful RDNA-based graphics card and immersive 3D audio engine. Here's everything we know so far about the PS5, including its Confirmed Specs,Release Date and more.
The PlayStation 4 hit shelves on November 15, 2013, and we expect Sony's console to arrive in stores around a similar fall window in 2020. The playstation 5 uses AMD's Zen 2 with 8 cores running at a variable frequency capped at 3.5 GHz. The GPU is a customized system-on-a-chip (SOC) based on AMD's RDNA 2, featuring 36 compute units running at a variable frequency, capped at 2.23 GHz, and capable of 10.28 TFLOPS. Both the CPU and GPU are monitored by a special boost system incorporating AMD's SmartShift technology that adjusts the frequency of these systems based on the current activities of both chips, to target ideal constant power drawn and a model SOC performance. For example, if the CPU is running at lower activity, the boost system may reduce its frequency and increase the frequency of the GPU to allow that GPU to run at higher performance without otherwise affecting power use or cooling. Because of this, Cerny said that direct comparison based on compute units or FLOPS to other hardware systems may not be accurate.The GPU includes support for hardware acceleration of ray-tracing rendering, enabling real-time ray-traced graphics. The hardware includes a new audio technology called Tempest Engine based on the AMD GPU technology, which allows not only for hundreds of sound sources within a game to be accounted for in producing audio output compared to 50 for the PlayStation 4, but also how that audio is presented based on the end user's device and preferences. The unit will include 16 GB of GDDR6 SD RAM with a bandwidth of 448 GB/s.
A custom SSD storage solution was designed for the PlayStation 5 as to provide faster data input/output rates for fast loading times and larger bandwidth to make games more immersive, as well as to support the required content streaming from disc for 8K resolution. The base system will offer a 825 GB SSD connected via a 12-channel interface to the main system, achieving a 5.5 GB/s transfer rate uncompressed, and between 8 to 9 GB/s using compression using the Oodle Kraken protocol from RAD Game Tools. The atypical drive size was found to be optimal for the 12-channel pathway for the system rather than more typical 500 GB or 1 TB units. Direct storage for games will be expandable through a NVM Express(NVMe) port supporting either M.1 or M.2 formats, while additional storage can be made available through USB-compatable drives. The system includes a 4k-compatible Ultra HD Blu-ray optical drive. While game installation from a disc is mandatory as to take advantage of the SSD, the user will have some fine-grain control of how much they want to have installed, such as only installing the multiplayer components of a game.
Sony is developing an improved suspended gameplay state for the PlayStation 5 to consume less energy than the PlayStation 4.
The system's new controller will have adaptive triggers that can change the resistance to the player as necessary, such as changing the resistance during the action of pulling an arrow back in a bow in-game. The controller will also have strong haptic feedback through voice coil actuators, which together with an improved controller speaker is intended to give better in-game feedback. USB-C connectivity, together with a higher rated battery are other improvements to the new controller
PlayStation 5 specifications at a glance
CPU: x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2, eight cores, variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine, variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 Tflops)
System memory: GDDR6 16GB
SSD: 825GB, 5.5GB/s read bandwidth (uncompressed)
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