PS5 SSD GDC PresentationSource: Sony via YouTube

Sony's next-generation console, named the PS5, is gracing store shelves this holiday, and the company has revealed some of specs to give fans a taste of just how powerful it will be. The PS5 is looking like quite the machine, in comparison to both the current crop of consoles and the next generation Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S also in the works right now from Microsoft.

The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are set to release on November 12 in select countries for $499 and $399, respectively.

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PS5 is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West. Get yours before they sell out. The standard PS5 boasts a disc drive so that you can play 4K Blue-ray DVDs and use your physical PS4 games through backward combability. This comes at a higher price tag than the Digital Edition.

All-digital

PS5 Digital Edition

Get your hands on it before it sells out

Cheaper than the standard PS5 but lacking a disc drive, the PS5 Digital Edition can still deliver the very best exclusives entirely digitally. You may not be able to play physical games, but the future is digital anyway. The PS5 Digital Edition features an 825GB SSD.

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PS5 Specs & how does it compare to the PS4 Pro?

It should go without saying, but the PS5 will be drastically more powerful than any model in the PS4 family, including the PS4 Pro.

Category PlayStation 4 Pro PlayStation 5
Price $399 $499
Dimensions 11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in 15.4in x 4.1in x 10.2in
CPU AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz
GPU AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOPs) Custom RDNA 2 (10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz)
Memory 8GB GDDR5 + 1GB 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Storage 1TB / 2TB 825GB
Storage type HDD SSD
Optical out Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
AV out HDMI 2.0 Unknown
Power consumption 310w max 350W
Resolution support 4K 8K
USB USB 3.0 (x3 ) USB 3.1 (x3), USB-C
PSVR support Yes Yes

PS5 Specs versus Xbox Series X

Category PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X
Processor 8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU
Graphics 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2 12.155 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2
Memory 16 GB GDDR6, 256-bit 16 GB GDDR6, 320mb bus
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6GB @ 336 GB/s
Internal Storage 825GB Custom NVME SSD 1 TB Custom NVME SSD
I/O Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), 8-9GB/s (Compressed) 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD slot 1 TB Custom SSD expansion card
External Storage USB external HDD support USB external HDD support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray drive
Size 390mm x 104mm x 260mm 301mm x 151mm x 151mm
Release date November 12 November 10

PS5 Digital Edition Specs versus Xbox Series S

Xbox Series S PS5 Digital Edition
Price $299 $399
GPU 4 TFLOPS, 20 CUs @ 1.55 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2
CPU 8x Cores @ 3.6 GHz (3.4 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU 8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2
Memory 10GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Resolution Target 1440p, 4K upscaled Target 4K, up to 8K
Frame rate Target 60FPS, up to 120FPS Target 60FPS, up to 120FPS
Ray-tracing Yes Yes
Storage 512GB SSD 825GB SSD
Controller Xbox Series S controller DualSense
Backward compatibility Yes Yes
Optical drive None None
Weight Unknown 8.6lbs
Size Unknown (60% smaller than Xbox Series X) 390mm x 92mm x 260mm

PS5 What GPU and CPU will it have?

As stated above, it will feature a custom GPU based on the Radeon Navi and a CPU based on AMD's third-generation Ryzen line, with 8-cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. According to Mark Cerny, the GPU will also support hardware-based ray tracing, which is a visual technique that models how light interacts with 3D environments. Usually only big-budget Hollywood movies have the technology and money to utilize such technology, and it's not found in any current video game console.

PS5 What resolution and frame rates will it support?

Sony looks to be future-proofing the PS5 as it will be able to support up to 8K resolution. While most televisions on the market don't support such resolutions and 4K is still being widely adopted, this should increase the upcoming console's longevity as 8K starts to pop up more frequently, even if it takes several years to do so.

As for frame rates, we know it will support up to 120FPS in games but it's safe to assume that 60FPS will be more commonly seen, with some games possibly reaching 120FPS.

PS5 What kind of storage will it have?

Here's where it gets interesting. Instead of coming with an internal HDD, the PS5 will sport an internal SSD. Though players can already hook up an SSD to their PS4, it's something that they need to buy separately and install themselves. What's the difference between an HDD and SSD, though?

SSDs and HDDs are hardware components that deal with storage. The biggest difference between them is that an SSD has no moving parts and data is stored on flash-memory chips. HDDs use moving mechanical parts to read/write information, thus making the process slower than that of an SSD. This is why games like Anthem run better while playing on an SSD.

Its I/O throughput thanks to its SSD can reach a staggering 5.5GB/s (Raw) and 8-9GB/s (Compressed).

PS5 What kind of optical drive will it have?

The PS5 includes a 4K Blu-ray drive. Physical versions of PS5 games will be shipped on 100GB Blu-ray discs, which can be read by the 4K Blu-ray drive. It will also be able to play 4K Blu-ray movies and DVDs.

This disc drive is eliminated entirely on the PS5 Digital Edition.

PS5 What about everything else?

We also know that the DualSense controller will support USB-C charging. This controller has several other improvements, like haptic feedback in the sticks and triggers. Players should now actually feel the tension within the triggers based on whatever actions they're performing in game, a common example being drawing the string on a bow. In theory, this should give us a greater sense of immersion.

Coming soon

PS5

Get your hands on it before it sells out

PS5 is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West. Get yours before they sell out. The standard PS5 boasts a disc drive so that you can play 4K Blue-ray DVDs and use your physical PS4 games through backward combability. This comes at a higher price tag than the Digital Edition.

All-digital

PS5 Digital Edition

Get your hands on it before it sells out

Cheaper than the standard PS5 but lacking a disc drive, the PS5 Digital Edition can still deliver the very best exclusives entirely digitally. You may not be able to play physical games, but the future is digital anyway. The PS5 Digital Edition features an 825GB SSD.

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