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Sony’s next-generation gaming console the PS5 or the PlayStation 5 if you like isn’t officially going official, until, at least 2020 Christmas holiday. However, the Japanese tech firm earlier yesterday gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the high-powered console when it becomes official. The firm via a live stream the console system architect Mark Cerny dive into PS5’s system architecture, revealing the technical inner workings of the PS5.
Sadly, the reveal doesn’t dwell on the external look of the device, hence we are completely oblivious of the Console’s physical look and what games will be compatible with it.
Sony built the next-generation console with three core principles, namely: listening to the developers, balancing evolution and revolution, as well as finding new dreams. All this equates to three main changes to the console: developing a custom SSD, updated CPU and GPU with additional features, and more immersive audio.
Starting with the first principle, Sony has listened to the developers and will now use a custom 825GB SSD capable of reaching the targetted speed of 5.5GB/s.
As for balancing evolution and revolution, Sony wanted to incorporate new features while providing users more performance. As a result, Sony has upgraded both the CPU and GPU to an 8-core Zen 2 based processor and an RDNA2 based GPU with 36 CUs paired with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. Aside from that, the PS5 will also come with a new geometry engine that handles vertices and triangles to optimize performance.
While they did not unveil a targe resolution and frame rate for games, they did confirm that the PS5 will be backward compatible with games from both the PS4 and PS4 Pro. The PS5 will also come with the new Ray Tracing feature using the custom RDNA2 GPU’s intersection engine.
Lastly, Sony plans to provide users with more immersive sound by improving directional audio by creating the TEMPEST 3D Audio Tech. Running on the TEMPEST engine, Sony modified compute units to process 3D audio.
PlayStation 5’s key specs:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
- Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
- Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
- Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
- IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
- External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
- Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
PS5 Release date and Price
Sony isn’t clear on when the PS5 will be officially released. However, it made reference to the year 2020 holiday season, which perhaps, means the PS5 will be officially unveiled toward the last quarter of the year. Precisely, a twitter user with a sound track record alleged that the console will debut on 20 November 2020 in North America and will cost $499