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How impressive are the PS5 specs? Here's what you need to know.

Just how powerful is Sony's flagship console?
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February 22, 2024
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Oliver Cragg / Android Authority

The PlayStation 5 launched in late 2020. It’s now a proven entity with great performance and an excellent catalog of titles. It recently received a mid-life refresh, too. But what if you’re still undecided and are perhaps considering an Xbox Series X instead? Check out our PS5 review for our thoughts on the console. Find the complete list of PS5 specs below.

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Sony brought a lot to the table with its next-gen console. Unless you're dying to play one of the PS5 exclusives or you can't wait to experience the enhanced graphics and smoother gameplay, existing PS4 owners may want to wait for discounts. However, if you've never owned a PlayStation console, now is a fantastic time to press start.

What are the PS5 specs?

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In the almost seven years between the PS4 release and the PS5 release, there have been some considerable technological improvements in gaming. The PS5 supports 8K graphics at 60Hz or 4K output at a 120Hz refresh rate. You can expect visuals to be crisper and more realistic, sounds to immerse you in your game better, and so much more. The PS5 nearly matches gaming PC performance, especially with its support for ultrawide monitors.

At the end of 2023, Sony launched the PS5 Slim. It uses the same CPU and GPU combination as the original model but makes a few fundamental changes. It’s much smaller in height, width, and depth. It also packs a 1TB SSD as standard — slightly larger than the 825GB drive in the original model. Once the launch models are sold out, this will become the defacto PS5 model.

Check out the table below for a full PS5 spec rundown. Remember that the standard PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition have the same specs, except for the Blu-ray drive.

PS5 Specs
CPU
AMD Ryzen Zen 2
8 Cores/16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5GHz
GPU
AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
10.28 Teraflops
36 CUs @ 2.23GHz
Ray Tracing Acceleration
RAM
16GB GDDR6/256-bit
448GB/s Bandwidth
Internal Storage
Custom 825GB SSD
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage
NVMe SSD slot
External Storage
USB HDD support
Optical Drive
4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
Up to 100GB/disc
Video Out
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs
VVR (specified by HDMI version 2.1)
Audio
"Tempest" 3D AudioTech

PS5 SSD Size

The PS5 has an NVMe-based SSD, or Solid State Drive, with a maximum capacity of 825GB. This quick new drive can read data at 5.5GB per second. This might not be too impressive for longtime PC gamers, but this is the first time Sony put an SSD in a console instead of a spinning HDD. The difference is immediately noticeable.

SSDs have more bandwidth than HDDs, so data is loaded directly from the SSD when needed instead of potentially needless data overwhelming the RAM. The result is that your gaming experience is more seamless and immersive.

Sony made this change with loading speeds in mind. Whether that’s loading time to get into the game itself or loading screens between areas when you’re fast-traveling, having an SSD instead of an HDD makes those loading screens almost obsolete. This will significantly improve your gaming experience because you can spend more time playing and waiting less.

You only have 667GB of storage for games; the PS5 OS takes up the rest. Many PS5 games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Far Cry 6, require a lot more than 100GB each, so you might need to expand your storage sooner rather than later. The internal storage is expandable using a compatible M.2 SSD Drive with up to 4TB or more storage space. You can also plug in an external drive to bulk up your capacity, but you won’t get the advantage of quicker load times from the internal SSD.

As mentioned above, the PS5 Slim model packs a 1TB drive as standard, giving buyers of the newer model a little more leeway.

PS5 CPU

The PS5 has an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU (Central Processing Unit) with a variable frequency (up to 3.5GHz). Variable frequencies are significant so that your PS5 doesn’t always have to use the complete 3.5GHz if it doesn’t need it to run the game smoothly.

PS5 RAM

The PS5 has 16GB of GDDR6 RAM or Random Access Memory. RAM is an active and essential component of any gaming console, and it’s nice that PlayStation has included the newest version, GDDR6, which has increased capacity and bandwidth.

As mentioned earlier, the PS5 also uses RAM much more efficiently now that it can load data directly from the SSD faster.

PS5 Graphics

This is one category in particular in the PS5 specs shine. The graphics card is also custom-made by AMD. The PS5 has an RDNA 2-based GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that promises up to 10.28 teraflops of computing power using variable frequencies of up to 2.23GHz.

In addition to the PS5’s GPU allowing for a much higher resolution in games, it also features ray tracing. Ray tracing helps light look more realistic in video games; it mimics how light reflects on water surfaces, how light breaks through overhead trees, etc. Developers that take advantage of this excellent feature will help make their games feel more lifelike and immersive.

PS5 3D Audio

The PS5 features built-in “Tempest” 3D AudioTech. In PlayStation’s blog post, Sony mentioned wanting all players to experience immersive audio, not just those who could afford high-end speaker systems.

The 3D audio on the PS5 creates greater suspense while playing intense games or greater tranquility while playing peaceful games. Sound is an essential aspect of the video game experience, and this audio upgrade takes it to new heights. As we discovered during our review, Sony’s Pulse 3D headset is a great companion for 360-degree sound.

PS5 specs vs PS4 specs

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Internal storage is one of the most considerable differences between the PS5 and the PS4. The original PS5 has an 825GB SSD and the Slim model boasts a 1TB drive, whereas the PS4 has a 500GB HDD. Aside from the difference in storage space, having a console powered by an SSD instead of an HDD makes it load much faster.

PlayStation’s hardware lead, Mark Cerny, explained that it takes the PS4 about 20 seconds to load about 1GB of data. He stated that the goal with the PS5 was to load about 5GB of data in a single second. In practical terms, load times were pretty much non-existent in our testing. There really is no comparison with older consoles here.

Besides upgrading from an HDD to an SSD, the PlayStation 5 also upgrades the CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O throughput, and optical drive for discs. The PS4 had an eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU with a 1.6GHz, compared to the PS5’s eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU; an AMD Radeon-based GPU with only 1.84 teraflops in the PS4 compared to 10.28 teraflops in the PS5, and 8GB of GDDR5 in the PS4 compared to 16GB to GDDR6 in the PS5.

Find the complete breakdown of PS5 specs vs PS4 specs below.

PS5 StandardPS5 DigitalPS4 ProPS4
CPU
PS5 Standard
3.5GHz eight-core AMD Zen 2
PS5 Digital
3.5GHz eight-core AMD Zen 2
PS4 Pro
2.13 GHz eight-core AMD Jaguar
PS4
1.6GHz GHz eight-core AMD Jaguar
Performance
GPU
PS5 Standard
10.3 Teraflops
36 CUs @ 2.23GHz
Custom AMD RDNA 2 based GPU
PS5 Digital
10.3 Teraflops
36 CUs @ 2.23GHz
Custom AMD RDNA 2 based GPU
PS4 Pro
4.20 Teraflops
36 CUs @ 911MHz
Custom AMD Radeon-based GPU
PS4
1.84 Teraflops
18 CUs @ 800MHz
Custom AMD Radeon-based GPU
RAM
PS5 Standard
16GB GDDR6
448GB/s bandwidth
PS5 Digital
16GB GDDR6
448GB/s bandwidth
PS4 Pro
8GB GDDR5
218GB/s bandwidth
PS4
8GB GDDR5
176GB/s bandwidth
Storage
PS5 Standard
825 GB SSD (667 GB usable)
NVMe
Replaceable
PS5 Digital
825 GB SSD (667 GB usable)
NVMe
Replaceable
PS4 Pro
1TB HDD
SATA
Replaceable
PS4
500GB HDD
SATA
Replaceable
Optical disk
PS5 Standard
4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray optical drive
PS5 Digital
None
PS4 Pro
Blu-ray optical drive
PS4
Blu-ray optical drive
Dimensions
PS5 Standard
39.1 x 25.9 x 10.4cm
4.5kg
PS5 Digital
39.1 x 25.9 x 9.1cm
3.9kg
PS4 Pro
32.7 x 29.4 x 5.5cm
3.3kg
PS4
30.4 x 27.4 x 5.3cm
2.8kg

Overall, everything has received a massive upgrade, and you can expect games to look crisper, sound fuller, and load faster on the new PlayStation console.

What does the PS5 look like?

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The PlayStation 5 features a sleek black-and-white design. Sony has since released a series of colored plates you can replace the white ones with. While the console is usually shown (and looks best) vertically, you can also place it horizontally. You can switch the plastic base between the two layouts, making fitting into your entertainment center easier.

At launch, there were two different versions of the new PlayStation console. One version had a disc drive that can support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, while the other was 100% digital with no disc drive included. The digital-only version had a slightly slimmer design due to the lack of a bulky disc drive.

Sony has since redesigned the PS5, with the Slim model introducing a smaller body and a removable disc drive. This essentially lets users turn their Digital models into disc-capable models for $79.99.


PS5 specs FAQs

Yes, both the PS5 Digital and Disc consoles have the same specs, aside from the 4K/Blu-ray drive.

Both consoles have similar specs, though the Xbox Series X has a slightly bigger GPU and more usable internal storage space. The PS5, on the other hand, supports 3D audio and has a USB-C port.

You can use the PS5 with an 8K TV, but you won’t benefit from games running at that full resolution. Most PS5 titles support 4K at 60 frames per second.

The PS5 launched in November 2020.