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Sony's Road to PS5 details the highly-anticipated console's key features, which include its new system architecture, backwards compatibility, and 3D audio technology.

Sony Reveals PS5 Specs in The Road to PS5 Event

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.

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The PS5’s CPU uses eight AMD Zen 2 cores capable of up to 3.5GHz, while its GPU features a custom AMD RDNA 2 that delivers 10.28 TFLOPs through 36 compute units at 2.23GHz. The latter spec also supports ray tracing, allowing developers to further push the level of detail in 3D objects and textures to new heights.

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
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive

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