Today, Sony revealed the technical specs for the PlayStation 5, giving fans an idea of how much processing power the console will be working with. Lead System Architect Mike Cerny gave a thorough breakdown of the PS5’s hardware during the roughly hour-long presentation, which you can watch in the video below.
Sony’s “Road to PS5”
During Sony’s “Road to PS5” presentation, Cerny gave an overview of the guiding principles of PS5’s development, and how these principles impact the PS5’s hardware capabilities. We learned that the PS5 feature set consists of faster solid-state storage, improved graphical processing, backward compatibility, and enhanced audio technology. The console’s modularity will allow PS5 owners to expand the console’s HDD and SSD storage as well.
The presentation was geared toward game developers, emphasizing the benefits the new console will have in terms of game design. In the first section of the broadcast, Cerny explained the fast gameplay-loading capabilities of the PS5’s new SSD and how this quality will benefit game designers. Cerny explained that games should load about 100 times faster on PS5 than PS4, which will positively impact boot speeds and fast travel times in games. Cerny went on to say that “the primary reason for an ultra-fast SSD is that it gives the game designer freedom.”
The latter half of the video shifts to a segment focusing on the improved audio technology being built into the PS5. Sony’s goal is to provide 3D surround-sound audio to convey the most immersive player experience on PS5. Though this may be a lofty goal, it will be interesting to see if Sony can pull this off with their upcoming console.
PlayStation 5 Hardware Specs
Here’s the full hardware specifications for PlayStation 5, according to Eurogamer/Digital Foundry:
- CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz
- GPU Architecture: RDNA 2
- RAM: 16GB GDDR6
- Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External Storage: USB HDD Support
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
There was no mention of a release date or price range for the PS5 in today’s presentation. We don’t even know what the console will look like yet. Nevertheless, there’s good reason to expect more PS5 news in the coming months, so be sure to check back here for updates.