Sony’s The Road to PS5 Event Details Upcoming Console’s Specs
Sony has revealed the specifications and hardware of the PlayStation 5 in an official presentation titled The Road to PS5. The event, presented by PS5 lead system architect Mark Cenry, covered many of the upcoming console’s key features, including expandable SSD storage, backwards compatibility, and its new Tempest 3D audio engine.
In terms of internal storage, the PS5 features 825 GB SSD which can be expanded using a non-proprietary NVMe PC card. Sony is, however, expected to provide a list of compatible devices in the future. The NVME card will also allow players to transfer and play games on an external drive.
With its impressive new system architecture and adoption of SSD storage, the PS5 is able to significantly reduce loading times, almost making them non-existent, at least for playing PS4 titles. This was demonstrated through the fast-travel loading screen of Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4. While a PS4 Pro takes about 15 seconds to load, the PS5 cuts it to less than one.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the PS5 is its backwards compatibility with PS4 games. It was revealed in the presentation that Sony intends to make “almost all” of the PS4’s most played games playable on the PS5 at launch. The company is currently running tests on top PS4 games to realize this goal as certain titles may not be able to adapt to the PS5’s more advanced specs.
The PS5 boasts special hardware built by Sony to handle 3D audio called Tempest 3D AudioTech. Building around a concept known as Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF), the new audio technology can deliver sound quality that accurately simulates “presence and locality” in-game.
PlayStation 5 Specs (Summary)
Below is a table summarizing the complete specs of the PS5.
|CPU||8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency), RDNA 2 architecture|
|Internal Storage||Custom 825GB SSD|
|Expandable Storage||NVMe SSD Slot|
|External Storage||USB HDD Support|
|Optical Drive||4K UHD Blu-ray Drive|