Following the reveal of the specs of the Xbox Series X, Sony has finally revealed the specs of its eagerly awaited PS5.
Sony is taking a different approach to its hardware than Microsoft. Setting the amount of power the PS5 uses as a constant, the speed of the console’s CPU and GPU will vary with load. Overall, the PS5 is likely to be less capable than the Xbox Series X, though it does have a substantially better SSD.
The confirmed specs of the PS5 can be found below:
- 8-Core Custom Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz (variable)
- Custom RDNA 2 GPU with 36 CUs clocked at 2.23 GHz (variable), which equates to a maximum of 10.28 TFLOPS of power
- 16GB GDDR6 RAM with 256-bit bus (448GB/s memory bandwidth)
- Custom 825GB SSD
- 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive
Notably, the PS5 has an IO throughput of 5.5GB/s raw / 8-9GB/s compressed, which is about double that of the Xbox Series X at 2.4GB/s raw / 4.8GB/s compressed. But the Xbox Series X has more CUs, a faster CPU, and a large portion of its memory is faster. It will be exciting to see how each console performs.
One final thing. You will be able to upgrade the storage available on PS5 with off-the-shelf .M2 SSDs, but they will need to meet very specific performance criteria. So, don’t rush out to buy one yet. Thankfully, you will still be able to play PS4 games via a standard external HDD connected to your PS5 console.