The PlayStation 5 is finally here, at least as long as you can find it in stock. Its catalog of next-gen games is steadily growing, and the PS5 specs are definitely a huge upgrade from the previous console model.
Check out our full PS5 review for our full thoughts on the console, but we wanted to take a moment to highlight just what the console is capable of. Below we’ve outlined the full set of PlayStation 5 specs, as well as what they mean for everyday performance.
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What are the PS5 specs?
In the almost 7 years between the PS4 release and the PS5 release, there have been some considerable technological improvements in the world of 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 better immerse you in your game, and so much more.
I’ll touch more on the difference in specs between the PS4 and the PS5 later. But for now, I just want to stress how impressive the PlayStation 5 setup is going to be. The PS5 very nearly matches gaming PC performance, especially with its support for ultrawide monitors.
Check out the table below for a full PS5 spec rundown. Keep in mind that both the standard PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition have the same specs, except for the Blu-ray drive.
|CPU||x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2|
8 Cores/16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5GHz
|GPU||AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine|
10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz
Ray Tracing Acceleration
|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 SSD, or Solid State Drive, with a maximum capacity of 825GB. This speedy 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 is putting 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 it’s needed instead of potentially needless data overwhelming the RAM. The end 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 incredibly fast. This will greatly improve your gaming experience because you can spend more time actually playing and being immersed in the game.
That said, you only really have 667GB of storage for games. The rest is taken up by the PS5 OS. Many PS5 games, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Demon’s Souls, and Horizon Zero Dawn, hover around 50GB each, so you might need to expand your storage sooner rather than later.
The PS5 has an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU (Central Processing Unit) with a variable frequency (up to 3.5GHz). Variable frequencies are great so that your PS5 doesn’t always have to use the full 3.5GHz if it doesn’t need it to run the game smoothly.
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, that has increased capacity and bandwidth.
As mentioned earlier, the PS5 should also use RAM much more efficiently now that it can load data directly from the SSD at much faster speeds.
This is one category in particular that the PlayStation 5 shines in. Their graphics card is also custom-made by AMD. The PS5 has an RDNA 2-based GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, that promises up to 10.28 teraflops of 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. If you’ve never heard of ray tracing before, here’s a quick synopsis. Ray tracing helps light look more realistic in video games; it mimics the way light reflects on water surfaces, the way light breaks through overhead trees, etc. Developers that take advantage of this awesome feature will help make their games feel more real and immersive.
PS5 3D Audio
The PS5 features “Tempest” 3D AudioTech built-in. In PlayStation’s blog post, Sony mentioned that it wants 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 such an important aspect of the video game experience, and this audio upgrade is going to enhance it.
How do PS5 specs vs PS4 specs compare?
One of the largest differences between the PS5 specs and the PS4 specs is the internal storage. The PS5 has an 825GB SSD, whereas the PS4 has a 500GB HDD. Aside from the difference in storage space, having a console powered by an SSD as opposed to a HDD makes it load so much faster.
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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, this means that load times were pretty much non-existent in our testing. There really is no comparison with older consoles here.
Other than upgrading from an HDD to an SSD, the PlayStation 5 also upgrades the CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O throughput, as well as the 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.
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?
The PlayStation 5 features a sleek black and white design. While the console is most often seen (and looks best) vertically, it can also be placed horizontally. The plastic base can be switched between the two layouts, so it should be (slightly) easier to fit into your entertainment center.
There are two different versions of the new PlayStation console. One version has a disc drive that can support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. The second version is 100% digital with no disc drive included. The digital-only version has a slightly slimmer design due to the lack of a bulky disc drive.
I applaud PlayStation for trying something new and innovative with their design even if it doesn’t please everyone. Hopefully Sony will release special edition designs that will appease gamers who prefer the look of darker consoles. The side panels are technically removable, so it should be simple to swap them out.