Sony reveals PS5 specs before their ‘Road to PS5’ livestream

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Today, before the “Road to PS5” online stream, Sony revealed specs for the PS5 via a Eurogamer article. It’ll sport a 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz CPU, 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz GPU, 16GB GDDR6 memory, and a remarkably low 825GB SSD with an NVMe SSD Slot and a 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive. Cerny confirms that PS5 users can buy “certain M2 SSDs on the open market, which you can install in the bay on the PS5.”

These are the big ‘ol specs folks, and the new console war has begun. We can now directly compare the PS5 to the Xbox Series X. As stated earlier this week, the Xbox Series X is rocking: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU, with a 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU, with 16GB GDDR6 memory, with 1TB of internal SSD storage.

The new Xbox will enter the arena with a faster CPU, roughly the same memory, and 175GB more SSD storage space out of the box. Comparing IO throughput, the PS5 rocks “5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed),” and the Xbox Series X is rolling with “2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block).” A clear win for PS5.

We’ve reached out to Sony to see if the 825GB figure is merely pointing out usable space, or is indeed the correct storage figure. The Eurogamer report notes that “Sony’s solution is proprietary…825GB is most optimal match for the 12-channel interface.” So it seems correct.

Right now we still don’t have a firm release date or a price. That’s yet to come, and as I’ve said in the past, we’re currently witnessing a Cold War of who will blink first.

Inside PlayStation 5: the specs and the tech that deliver Sony’s next-gen vision [Eurogamer]




8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)


8x Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz

GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) 1.84 TFLOPs, 18 CUs at 800MHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom GCN
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 8GB GDDR5/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 176GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD 500GB HDD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) Approx 50-100MB/s (dependent on data location on HDD)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot Replaceable internal HDD
External Storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive Blu-ray Drive

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