Sony held a special event today to detail the hardware specifications for the PlayStation 5. The announcement comes as the company has been sharing bits and pieces about the upcoming console for months now.
The PlayStation 5 boasts a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.5GHz and a custom GPU that delivers 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units at 2.23GHz, in addition to 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD to enhance loading times in gameplay. PlayStation 5 lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed that the goal of the SSD is to load five gigabytes of data in just one second. Conversely, the PS4 takes roughly 20 seconds to load a single gigabyte of data.
In addition to the SSD, The PS5 supports USB hard drives as well. The console also has a 4K Blu-ray drive to support discs, although these games must be installed to the internal SSD. Inside, the custom SSD makes use of a standard NVMe SSD to allow for upgrades.
Sony pointed out that the CPU and GPU for the PS5 won’t always reach 3.5GHz and 2.23GHz, as they run at variable frequencies. These numbers will likely differ when more demanding games surface in the future.
Hardware details for the PlayStation 5 arrive as Microsoft shared the full specs for its new Xbox Series X just days ago, and as Sony has already provided information on the power of the PlayStation 5 back in 2019. The PS5, with its eight-core CPU and custom GPU, will support 4K gaming at 120Hz, 8K resolutions, and 3D audio, while featuring a speedy SSD and lower power consumption option. The Sony console is due out this holiday season.
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