Confirmed PS5 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|
|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|
The beginning of a new console generation is always a seriously exciting time. Speculation is rife about the specifications of the console, the games you’ll be able to play on it, and the environment it’ll provide for gamers. Will this one be more of a media hub or a dedicated games console? How’s the streaming function? Will it have physical media capabilities? Trying to guess what a new console will be like is always exciting, and it’s been that way with Sony’s PlayStation 5, too.
Thanks to lead architect Mark Cerny, as well as a deep dive into the console’s specs courtesy of Sony, we now have a good idea of what the PlayStation 5 will look like from a technical perspective, or at least part of it. There’s plenty we still don’t know about Sony’s upcoming beast, though. Let’s take a look at the latest PlayStation 5 news – when is it coming out? What will its tech specs look like? What games can we expect?
The PlayStation 5 will launch in “holiday 2020”, according to a Sony blog. We’re not sure exactly what month this might mean, but we’re guessing at a November or December release for the PS5. Of course, with the recent coronavirus pandemic causing widespread gaming industry delays and cancellations, there’s every chance the PS5’s launch date will be pushed back beyond holiday season. Right now, though, the PS5 is on track for a winter 2020 launch, and Sony says the virus won’t have an impact.
Here’s the nerd stuff. The PlayStation 5 will run a custom Ryzen chip with 8 cores as well as a custom RDNA 2 graphics chip pushing 10.28 teraflops (TFLOPs) of power. It’ll have an 825GB internal SSD with expandable SSD and HDD storage. You’ll be running your games on 16GB of internal GDDR6 memory, which will make the PS5’s new hotswap feature possible. It’s going to be an exciting time for Sony’s new console in technical terms.
Yep - the PlayStation 5 will fully support physical media with a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive built into the machine. It probably wouldn’t make a lot of sense to go completely physical media-free for the flagship launch of a new console. UK game sales may now be 80% digital, but that’s still a pretty significant portion of the audience to abandon. Bear in mind that figure includes microtransactions and DLC, so there are still a huge amount of physical game sales every year. Plus, physical movie media still isn’t dead yet, so being able to play old Blu-ray discs is a plus.
As a result of the PS5 being based partially on the PS4’s architecture, the console will be backwards compatible. That means you’ll be able to play your old PS4 games on your PS5. Sony says that it’s looking into ways to make PS4 games run better on PS5 through the use of a “boost mode”, which would stabilise framerates and potentially improve resolution, too. Likelihood is some games will launch simultaneously for both consoles, although why you’d want to buy the PS4 version of an exciting PS5 game is beyond us.
There are a whole host of rumoured PS5 games, but some have definitely been confirmed to be coming to the console. Gearbox’s looter-fighter Godfall is coming in late 2020, along with Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly’s Outriders. We’re also expecting Ubisoft’s action-adventure game Gods & Monsters to hit the PS5 around the launch window, as well as a new Watch Dogs game and whatever Assassin’s Creed 2020 turns out to be (Vikings, please!).
This is still wildly up in the air right now, so we can only speculate. We haven’t had any news about the PS5’s potential controller. If the console is capable of playing PS4 games, then it probably needs something that can at least emulate the PS4’s touch pad. As such, expect to see either the same touch pad on the DualShock 5 (working title) or something close to it. Sony has stuck relatively close to its design since the PS1 days, so it’s hard to imagine them deviating too much from it for the PS5.
Mark Cerny has confirmed that the PS5 will continue to support the PS4’s VR headset. All your PS VR games will be playable on PS5, and Sony will continue to produce VR games for that headset. Whether a new PS VR set is on the horizon we don’t yet know. PS VR is arguably the best and most stable form of VR on the market, so it’s not urgent for Sony to iterate on their headset just yet. Still, with the new technical capabilities of the PS5, a new VR headset does kind of make you salivate, no?
With Google recently announcing its Stadia cloud gaming platform, Sony will have to make sure they’re keeping up with the Joneses in this area. Mark Cerny told Wired that the company’s strategy is to be a “cloud-gaming pioneer”, and that the vision Sony has for cloud gaming will become clear closer to launch. We don’t know much more than that, sadly, but an improved version of PlayStation Now with improved support for weaker connections wouldn’t be a massive stretch.
This is the latest news we have on the PS5 right now. As we move further into the year, we can expect Sony to perhaps divulge a little more info on the console. What would you like to see? Any features you’d add?