The PS5, which is Sony’s next-gen console, is set to premiere in Holiday 2020. There is no much information about the console that has been released. Sony has chosen to remain tight-lipped this time around concerning the PS5. However, the company has drip-fed us some juicy features to expects on the new console.
There are a lot of questions than answers surrounding the launch of the PS5. Many have even gone further to ask whether there will be a portable PS5. That right; a PS5 portable. We don’t know much about the original PS5, and anything about a portable PS5 has not yet seen the light of the day.
Sony revealed the next-gen controller, the DualSense. The console is magnificent with some cool features, including an in-built microphone, adaptive triggers, and haptic feedback. What stood out during the reveal was the black-and-white space-age color scheme that suggested that the console could have the same colors.
This is really a big step considering the move to be a departure from its predecessors. Sony also revealed some of the specs to be expected in the next-gen console. Mark Cerny, the lead system architect, explained the inner workings and system architect. We are going to discuss the specs that have been released so far.
Ps5 Release Date
Sony announced that they are still committed to their Holiday 2020 promise. Microsoft will also be unleashing its next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, at around the same time. Rumors have it that PS5 will launch on November 20, 2020. However, these are just speculation – there is nothing official.
If we are to go with history, Sony regularly launches its console sometime in June to let gamers have their next-gen consoles just in time before Christmas. Sony has disappointed some of the PlayStation fans by the way they have been giving information concerning the next-gen console.
Xbox has been on top of their game as far as the PR battle is concerned. They have shared a lot of information concerning their next-gen Xbox Series X, and Sony, on the other hand, seems unconcerned about the competition. Despite Sony being slow in relaying information, it is still confident that it’s going to beat Microsoft in terms of sales.
Many thought that PS5 wouldn’t be premiering this year due to the COVID-19 situation. However, Sony has confirmed that the release date remains unchanged. AMD, the giant that is making graphics and processor chips for both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, seems to be ramping their production to hit the deadlines for both launches.
Sony has finally lifted and revealed some of the PS5 specs during their first reveal event. One of the exciting features was Sony’s commitment to using the custom silicon. They are also focusing on improving gaming capabilities to a whole different level, without having to necessarily alienate developers who feel comfortable to continue developing on the PS4.
A while back, PS3 seemed so difficult for developers, but the PS5 appears to be very friendly to developers. Here are some of the top PS5 specs.
- GPU – 10.28 Teraflops, 36 CUs 2.23GHz (Variable frequency)
- CPU – AMD Zen 2. 8 Cores 3.5GHz (Variable frequency)
- GPU architecture – RDNA 2 (Custom)
- Memory Bandwidth – 448GB/s
- Memory interface – GDDR6 16GB/256-bit
- Optical drive – UHD 4K Blu-ray
- Internal storage – 825GB SSD (Custom)
- Expandable Storage – NVMe SSD slot
- IO throughput – 8-9GB/s (Compressed) 5.5GB/s (Raw)
- External Storage – USB HDD (Support for PS4 games)
SSDs and Their Importance
The SSD is very crucial in the whole PS5 experience. The internal storage of the console will be found in a custom SSD of 825GB. The storage is smaller as compared to the one in the Xbox Series X; however, the implementation of the tech is just as similar.
SSD allows for substantial open worlds and faster loads. With a bigger space, game developers don’t have to make games that have a smaller world – the SSDs will allow the correct use of system memory.
SSDs have more significant bandwidth, and that means that data can be loaded from the SSD other than being loaded into RAM. From a gaming perspective, this reduces the chances of texture pop-in and significantly reduces load times. This will also make standby booting faster.
The SSD will give you more control over how you remove or install games. With an SSD, you can simply install a game’s multiplayer mode as opposed to the full data block. This will make it possible for direct gameplay that will allow you to jump into different games aspects without necessarily having to boot the entire game.
Sony seems to be allowing the NVMe PC drives. Xbox, on the other hand, will be using the proprietary storage systems. However, the only problem is that the tech that many PCs use is way behind the tech that will be used in the PS5. It will take some time before drives with the right specs hit the market.
PS4 games stored in a regular HDD will work just fine with the next-gen console. According to Sony, the new console will simply revolutionize the whole gaming experience.
Custom GPU, Processor and Backward Compatibility
PS5 will be using the AMD Zen 2 tech that comes with 16 threads and eight cores. The console will run at 3.5 GHz. Compared to the PS4, which uses 8x jaguar cores and operates at 1.6GHz, this a great improvement.
With the next-gen console, we are talking of a GPU of AMD RDNA 2 that uses 36 compute units at 2.23GHz. The compute performance is around 10.28TF.
The combination of these specs makes it possible for the PS5 to handle backward compatibility – by merely using the GPU architecture. The backward compatibility feature will ensure that all the top PS4 games will be available for the new console.
In PS5, the old-gen games will be supported by the GPU silicon. However, in Xbox, they will be upscaling the old-gen games by adding HDR to titles that don’t have it. The Microsoft way seems to be better as compared to the Sony odd solution for backward compatibility.