The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is Sony’s successor to the PlayStation 4 video game console. Unlike the PS4 Pro, which improves graphics for PS4 titles, the PS5 will have its own exclusive library of games.
PlayStation 5 Features
In addition to online and local gaming, the PS5 will support the following features:
- 4K TV gaming
- HDR TV
- PlayStation VR games and headsets
- An online store with downloadable games and movies
- A Blu-ray movie player
- Streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu
- A power save option
- The new wireless DualSense controller features haptic feedback.
PS5 Specs and Hardware
Sony’s new PlayStation will be the first video game console to come with an internal solid-state drive (SSD) on par with those found in high-end gaming PCs.
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 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 (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
In addition to what the PS5 looks like, we also know a fair bit about the PS5 specs.
In addition to permitting 8K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, the SSD will essentially eliminate load times for games. It will have a GPU with 10.28 teraflops, which is supposed to give it a significant performance boost.
The PS5 will be powered by an eight-core, third-generation Ryzen CPU. It will have a custom graphics card based on AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series, which supports raytracing for more realistic 3D rendering.
The trailer for GodFall showcases the system’s graphical capabilities.
|Graphics||8K at a 120Hz refresh rate (custom graphics based on AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series)|
|Frame rate||120fps with 120Hz output|
|Optical drive||4K UHD Blu-ray drive|
|External storage||USB HDD support for PS4 games only|
|Expandable storage||NVMe SSD slot|
|Internal storage||Custom 825GB SSD|
|Memory interface||16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit|
|IO throughput||(raw) 5.5GB/s, (compressed) 8-9GB/s|
|CPU||8 core, third gen Ryzen|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU architecture||Custom RDNA 2|
PS5: KEY FACTS
- What is it? The Sony PS5 is the next-gen PlayStation console.
- When will it release? “Holiday 2020”, so between October and December 2020.
- What can I play on it? Loads of games! They include a new Spider-Man entry, a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, a Demon’s Souls remake, Resident Evil 8 and much more to come.
- What will the PS5 cost? TBC, but analyst predictions have placed the PS5 price in the region of $499 / £449 / AU$749.
- Can I play PS4 games on the PS5? The PS5 will definitely be backwards compatible with “almost all” PS4 games – earlier generations are still to be confirmed. It will launch with support for the majority of the top 100 PS4 games, but it’s been suggested support will extend to most of the PS4’s library.
- Will the PS5 support PS4 accessories? Mostly. The DualShock 4 controller will work with supported PS4 games, while officially licensed PS4 arcade sticks, flight sticks. racing wheels and some PS4 headsets are PS5supported.
- Will PS5 have VR? Oh yes. The next-gen console will be support current PSVR hardware, and there are also rumors of PSVR 2.
- Will coronavirus delay the PS5 release? Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is not currently delayed by coronavirus, and reiterated the fact that the PS is still on course for a “Holiday 2020” release in its end of year financial report.
The PlayStation 5 release date
A final specific release date has not yet been revealed for the PlayStation 5, but Sony has confirmed that it will arrive for the holiday season of 2020. This means it will be going head-to-head with the Xbox Scarlett, just as the PS4 and Xbox One did back in 2013.