The PS5 Is a Wildly Powerful Console With Backwards Compatibility. Here's Everything We Know About It.

Sony just dumped a bunch of new technical information about the upcoming PlayStation 5 machine.

Now things are starting to get interesting. In December, Microsoft announced a ton of details for its Smart Car-sized console, the Xbox Series X, which is one X away from sounding like an adult video service. The machine is a beast—and it could be the most advanced console we've ever seen on the market. Then, this week, Sony finally gave us a deep-dive on its new console. The PS5 is coming, baby. And it might just give the new Xbox a run for its money.

Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the PS5, held a conference via livestream on Wednesday revealing all the guts of Sony's successor to the PS4. We still don't know what it'll look like, but we learned about the CPU, the GPU, the memory interface, the backwards compatibility details, the storage size—if that sort of stuff means anything to you, then I bet you're pretty damn excited right now. The console is fully stacked. With both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 coming this holiday season (there's no official price tag or release date for either of them), gaming is set to blast off into the next generation in 2020. Here's everything we know about the new PlayStation console.

It’s a powerhouse under the hood.

A lightning-fast solid state drive. 8K graphics. 3D audio. Like the Xbox Series X, the biggest draw of this new console is the stupefying tech specs. The PS5 will be replacing the hard drive of the PS4 with a solid state drive, which means faster—or even nonexistent—load times. And Sony will finally be going 8K, with the PS5 capable of outputting 8K-size video. That's double the size of the 4K screens we're used to. In terms of its 4K output, it'll support a 120Hz refresh rate, which is also twice the scale of what the top current-gen consoles are offering. So whether you have an 8K-compatible TV or not (you probably don't), you can be sure the PS5 is going to look good as hell. Like, better than anything you've ever seen in gaming before.


Another detail worth getting excited for is the graphics chip. A new model from Radeon's Navi family, this chip support ray tracing, which means richer and more complex lighting in 3D. Also, it means fully 3D audio, which is another element developers really haven't had a chance to experiment with before.

Here's the full list of tech specs listed on the PlayStation blog, if you really feel like diving in.

x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

System Memory
448GB/s Bandwidth

5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

PS5 Game Disc
Ultra HD Blu-ray™, up to 100GB/disc

Video Out
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

“Tempest” 3D AudioTech

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