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Sony PlayStation 5 hardware specs are revealed

Written by James Delahunty @ 18 Mar 2020 12:56 User comments (3)

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.

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3 user comments

118.3.2020 18:33

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

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Mar 2020 @ 6:34

220.3.2020 10:17

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.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Mar 2020 @ 10:09

320.3.2020 12:23

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.

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