PlayStation 5 hardware specs have been confirmed. Rumors about PS5 having 13 TF power were wrong. According to the PlayStation official conference, PS5 has 10.28 TF power. Such amount of teraflops makes it less powerful than Xbox Series X in terms of raw power. Regardless of how much raw power PS5 offers, the caliber of its hardware cannot be denied. A console is not just about raw power because every part of a console is made to play games. A PC with the same amount of power as a console cannot run games at the same graphics and FPS. The motherboard, CPU, GPU, ram, hard drive, and every other part is made for video games. PlayStation 5 hardware specs are no different. Every part of PS5 is made to make it a platform for immersive gameplay.
PlayStation 5 Full specs
PS5 will have a custom made AMD GPU with 10.28 teraflops power. This makes it 2 times more powerful than PS4 pro. Sony is competing with Microsoft next-gen console, so they have to make their console stand out from the crowd. There is not much difference when it comes to other specs of PS5 and Series X. Below is the list of PlayStation 5 confirmed specs. PS5 will only be backward compatible with PS4 games.
CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2 (36 compute units capped at 2.23GHz)
GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
Internal storage: Custom NVMe 825GB SSD
IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
The full details of PS5 GPU are still a mystery but in terms of sheer power PlayStation 5 hardware specs are mediocre but all of its hardware is top-notch. The most important addition is the custom SSD that could be the best storage device in any console. The best thing about PS5 storage is that it can be increased with any compatible SSD. You don’t have to use PlayStation’s SSD like Series X’s extension card to increase storage. Sony is giving freedom to PS5 players to customize it as they see fit. The Custom RDNA 2 GPU will also feature hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The most amazing thing about PS5 is 3D sound, I will get to that later.
PlayStation 5 Hardware Specs and Its Impact on Performance
PlayStation 5 hardware specs are top-notch and it is a great improvement over the current-gen console. The difference between the power of PS3 and PS4 CPU wasn’t that high. In fact, there were no major changes in technology. PS4 was indeed more powerful than PS3 but it was all due to hardware changes. There was not any major leap in technology, all Sony did was increase everything in the console and change the architecture of CPU.
SSD will be A Major Factor in Boosting the Performance
One of the major changes that we will see in the next-gen consoles is NVMe SSD. The inclusion of SSD will drastically change not only the performance of video games but also their development and caliber. According to the developers, SSD is going to make the development of games easy. SSD will nearly eliminate loading time and expand the world of video games. Reducing loading time and keeping up with the limitation of hard disc won’t be a problem for developers. The inclusion of SSD will not only improve loading time but game performance as well.
You don’t have to worry about the installation of game time anymore. In the current-gen consoles, installation takes lots of time and no matter how fast your internet is, you can’t make installation faster. Even if you use SSD with PS4 the installation will still take time, the time will be less but it still won’t be close to the time of next-gen console. Games will take less space for the same amount of data. SSD stores memory in chunks that reduce memory usage with the same amount of details. Games would be made to run on SSD which will completely change the perception regarding console gaming.
There is no denying that graphics will improve a lot. The addition of raytracing is a game-changer for video games. So far we have only seen one next-gen gameplay but Outriders shouldn’t be the only game. There is a lot more to consider before jumping to a conclusion.
3D Sounds and More Processing Power Means More Immersive Gameplay
PlayStation 5 hardware specs are top-notch but 3D sounds are on a different level. According to Mark Cerny, the 3D sound engine of PS5 will imitate real-life sounds. The 3D sound system of PS5 will use hundreds of sounds to provide an immersive experience. You will be able to differentiate every sound in the game and know the exact source of the game.
With the current-gen console, players have to guess the location of enemies based on what they hear from two sound sources, left and right. That won’t be the case with PS5, because sounds will surround players so they will know the exact source of sounds. 3D sound will make sounds even more important in competitive gaming. Just imagine the scenario in a game like Call of Duty Warzone or Hunt: Showdown.
Tempest Engine and HRTF
According to PlayStation 5 hardware specs, Tempest engine the sound engine of the console. This time Sony will use the dedicated engine for sound due to the availability of more processing power. PS5 will be dedicating some extra processing power to sound because it has much to spare. Immersive gameplay is the goal for Sony’s next-gen console.
PS5 will be using customized HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function). Every person has a different type of HRTF, so some people can’t even perceive spiral audio. Sony can’t make HRTF for every person so they came up with a solution by using default HRTF and modifying for every individual. Sony will be gradually improving its Tempest engine with time.
PlayStation 5 hardware specs are showing us the caliber of next-gen consoles. PS5 indeed has less raw GPU power but all of its other specs are in par with Series X if not better. The combination of all its hardware will deliver the best performance and quality. We haven’t seen the console in action so it’s not certain how much of an improvement it will be. The price will be a major factor to show the wroth of PlayStation 5. Sony will gradually reveal more about the console this year because right now we haven’t even seen the design of the console. PS5 is expected to release in the holidays 2020.