PlayStation 5 is the next generation console that Sony had been developing the last couple of years, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will compete to be the console that finally arrives in our living rooms. Since 2019 we have been learning more about the console, and in 2020 we have been learning about its DualSense controller, its technical characteristics, its games, its launch date and finally its appearance.
PlayStation 5 features a processor based on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture, similar to that of the third-generation Ryzen. The chip has 8 cores and 16 threads thanks to SMT, running at a variable frequency of up to 3.5 GHz. This processor is very similar to the Ryzen 7 3700X, although with slightly less frequency. The graphics card will be based on AMD's Navi, with custom RDNA 2 architecture. Power will be up to 10.28 TFLOPs with 36 Compute Units running at 2.23 GHz, also with variable frequency.
The console will maintain a constant energy consumption, and it will be the components that will adapt to that consumption. The memory will be shared between the processor and the graphics, with 16 GB GDDR6 with a 256-bit interface at a maximum of 448 GB/s. The performance is estimated to be equivalent to an RTX 2080, although the figure may vary because we don't know much about the actual performance of the new AMD architecture. The storage unit becomesbe an 825GB SSD, finally leaving hard drives behind. This SSD will offer speeds of up to 5.5 GB / s on uncompressed data, and up to 9 GB / s with compressed data, making games load almost immediately by filling the console's RAM in just one couple of seconds. We will also have an NVMe slot to expand internal storage (models validated by Sony only), and we can use USB hard drives.
PS5 will also have an HDMI 2.1 port to output image signals up to 8K at 60 Hz, in addition to 4K at 120 Hz. This port will also give the console support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM ) and Adaptive Sync on televisions, and will also support FreeSync on monitors. Thanks to this, we will say goodbye to tearing and we will enjoy a more fluid game experience without jerks and with a latency that will reduce input lag to a minimum.Most titles will run in 4K at 60 FPS, although there will be some that go as high as 120 FPS. At the graphic level, the console will be compatible with technologies such as Ray Tracing for more realistic lighting.
PS5 will have two console models: a version with a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc reader (up to 100 GB), and another, the Digital Edition, which will not have a disc reader. At the moment we do not know if there will be more differences at a technical level between the two models, or if the price will be different.
The PS5 controller leaves behind the classic DualShock name and is renamed DualSense. Along with audio technology, the controller will be the second element that will take gaming immersion to a new level. This remote starts from the design base of the DualShock 4 and improves it, offering a series of improvements such as haptic feedback instead of traditional motors. This engine is much more precise when it comes to transferring vibrations in the games. As PS5 shares the same x86 architecture of PS4, backward compatibility with PS4 will be guaranteed, and Sony has said that the 100 most played PlayStation 4 games work perfectly on the new console, estimating that the vast majority of the 4,000+ games on PS4 will work on Ps5. However, with consoles prior to PS4 the same thing will happen as before, having to buy remastered versions because Sony has not said anything about the emulation or native backward compatibility.
PlayStation 5 costs $499.99 for the full version with an optical drive, while the digital version, which only changes in that it does not have an optical drive, costs $399.99.
As for accessories the PS5 has available a charging base for two DualSense controllers, Wireless Pulse 3D Headphones with Three-Dimensional, SoundRemote control for multimedia, HD camera with two 1080p lenses.