Sony offers PlayStation 5 technical specs, backward compatibility details

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PlayStation 5 specs and details.
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For the last few years, The Burn-In has reported on details surrounding Sony’s PlayStation 5 release. On Wednesday, the electronics giant offered new information about its ninth-generation system’s hardware specifications and backward compatibility.

However, the firm did not provide details regarding the PS5’s price, exact release date, or form factor.

New PlayStation 5 Details

In a YouTube video, PlayStation 5 lead system architect Mark Cerny gave a presentation about his company’s forthcoming console. The executive revealed the platform would feature eight custom-designed AMD Zen 2 cores that will run at a variable frequency of 3.5 GHz. The PS5 will also house a tailor-made AMD RANA 2 GPU with 36 compute units at a maximum clock frequency of 2.23 GHz. As such, the machine will offer users an eye-popping 10.28 teraflops of processing power.

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Sony’s fifth PlayStation system will come equipped with 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825 GB SSD. Those two characteristics give the PS5 the ability to load 5 GB of data in one second. For comparison, the PlayStation 4 needs 20 seconds to load just 1 GB of information.

Cerny noted his team wanted to get rid of extended load and patch installations times. The design team looks to have hit that target with its new gaming hardware.

The programmer explained the PlayStation 5 SSD drive would store PS5 titles after being downloaded from the PlayStation Network or a game disc. But users will have the ability to connect an external hard drive to facilitate last generation gameplay. In terms of backward compatibility, Cerny said the new system should be able to run most of the “top 100 PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime” at launch.

The Japanese electronics company’s presentation also reiterated hardware specifications The Burn-In covered last October. The PlayStation 5 will boast a 4K Blu-ray player, ray-tracing acceleration, and will support 4K and 8K gaming.

Xbox Series X Comparisons and Unanswered Questions

With all the revelations Sony offered in its PS5 presentation, it’s now possible to get a sense of how the system will stack up against Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

Both video game consoles will feature custom-made AMD Zen 2 and RANA processors. However, the fourth Xbox has the edge in power as its CPU runs at 3.8 GHz, and its GPU offers 12 teraflops of processing might.

The two next-generation systems also have the same amount of RAM, but the Series X’s SSD is 175 GB bigger.

Gamers will be able to watch 4K Blu-rays and add external USB hard drives on either system.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also share a few key mysteries. Cerny’s presentation didn’t include a price tag for the new system or a more precise release date than the previously announced 2020 holiday season. The executive also declined to provide new intel about the upcoming console’s controllers or form factor.

That said, it would be genuinely hilarious if Sony followed Microsoft’s lead and gave its new gaming machine a vague throwback chassis. Honestly, nostalgic players might gravitate toward a ninth-generation console that resembles an SLV series VHS recorder.

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