The PS5’s release date is slated for this holiday season, and hopefully these next few months fly by. The specs that I’ve seen so far for the PlayStation are impressive, and definitely an upgrade from the previous console model.
If you didn’t catch PlayStation’s live event announcing the plethora of games coming out on the PS5, you can check it out below. There were a ton of new games announced, like a new Resident Evil game and Horizon Forbidden West. And also quite a few unique titles like The Little Devil Inside and Bugsnax.
If you haven’t seen the showcase and you’re interested in the PlayStation 5, I’d highly recommend watching it. If you’re on the fence about getting the PS5 this holiday season, there’s bound to be a few games in the showcase that cement your decision.
What specs will the PS5 have?
The PlayStation 4 was released November 15, 2013. 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 will support 8K graphics and 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate. You can expect for visuals to be crisper and more realistic, for sounds to better immerse you in your game, and so much more with the PS5 specs.
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 might – key word: might – even rival PC setups, especially with its support for ultrawide monitors.
|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 will have an SSD, or Solid State Drive, size of 825GB, that can perform at 5.5GB per second. And while 825GB is quite a bit of storage space and 5.5GB/second is fast, that’s not what’s most impressive. This will be the first time Sony will be putting an SSD in their console instead of a HDD, or Hard Disk Drive.
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 will make those loading screens incredibly fast. This will greatly increase the gaming experience because you can spend more time actually playing and being immersed in the game.
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 to any gaming console, and it’s nice that PlayStation has included the newest version, GDDR6, that has increased capacity and bandwidth.
This is one category in particular that the PlayStation 5 shines in. Their graphics card is also custom-made by AMD. The PS5 will have 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 will feature “Tempest” 3D AudioTech built-in. In PlayStation’s blog post, they mentioned that they wanted for all players to experience immersive audio, and not just the players who could afford high-end speaker systems.
The 3D audio on the PS5 will create 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.
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. We’ll have to wait until the console is here to test that speed and see if PlayStation hit their goal. Though there is a video of a speed demo done in 2019 on an early development version of the PS5 that demonstrates just how quick these loading screens will actually load.
Other than upgrading from an HDD to an SSD, the PlayStation 5 will also be getting upgrades to 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. In most of the pictures going around of the PlayStation 5, it’s pictured vertically. However, in the PlayStation Live Showcase, they popped in an image of the console laying horizontally.
There will be two different versions of the new PlayStation console. One version will have a disc drive that can support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. The second version will be 100% digital with no disc drive included. The digital only version has a 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 didn’t please everyone. Hopefully Sony will release special edition designs that will appease gamers who prefer the look of darker consoles.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are PS5 specs confirmed?
A: Yes, the PS5 console specs were confirmed by Sony themselves on the PlayStation blog back in March of this year.
Q: Are PS5 specs better than Xbox Series X specs?
A: When you look at the specs side by side, the Xbox Series X appears to pull ahead. It has a slightly better CPU and a better GPU, but it looks like Sony might beat Microsoft when it comes to the I/O throughput. On paper, the Xbox Series X has an upper-hand. But it’s really going to depend on how each console actually runs at release.