Sony PlayStation 5 is the newest gen gaming console from Sony competing with the Xbox Series X from Microsoft. The Sony PlayStation 5 offers a more compact design, with support for 8K resolution, 8K graphics, 3D audio and HDR support. The PS5 also comes with a Ultra HD Blu-ray player, though there is also a PS5 Digital Edition that does away with optical disc drives entirely.
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This PlayStation 5 is powered by an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU with 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of performance.
Sony PlayStation 5 Key Features and Specs
- AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
- 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit RAM
- AMD RDNA 2-based GPU at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- Custom 825GB PCIe 4.0 SSD (5.5GB / s)
- Ray Tracing
- USB HDD support
- Up to 8K resolution
- 4K UHD Blu-ray drive Optical drive
- 3D audio.
- Up to 120 fps (on 4K)
- Up to 120Hz (on 4K)
- 8K games at 60 fps
It sports a curvy built with mixture of black and white plastics with blue highlight lighting to perfect the premium design, thus representing the futuristic design for gaming consoles.
Furthermore, thanks to the curved and slim shape the Sony PlayStation 5 looks more like a router more than a game console.
The Sony PlayStation 5 sports a vertical design although, it can also be positioned horizontally.
Similarly, the Sony PlayStation 5 is much taller than the Xbox Series X and every other console.
It has two slim slots or buttons towards the bottom at the front of the console and a standard USB socket and a USB-C further up.
The console general look is beautifully structured in a V shape.
This PS5 is matched with the DualSense controller, designed to give gamers haptic feedback and comes with adaptive triggers so players get a better sense of touch and feel when playing a game.
It also comes with a USB-C charging port, and a a brand new Create button replacing the Share button in the previous model.
The Sony PlayStation 5 controller also comes with built-in microphones.
For the most intuitive gaming experience, the Sony PlayStation 5 is rocking an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz paired with a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU.
Similarly, the custom AMD chips will provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU.
The combination of the CPU and GPU allows the PS5 to utilize ray tracing acceleration, an advanced lighting tech that takes in-game graphics to a whole new level by more realistically mimicking the way light behaves in an environment.
Furthermore, the Sony PlayStation 5 support up to 8K graphics has a refresh rate of 120Hz, thus, providing a much smoother, responsive look on displays handling faster speeds.
The GPU also comes with 3D audio support, thanks to the new Tempest Engine. This audio support deliver diverse and sophisticated 3D audio experiences, and support for directional audio similar to Dolby Atmos.
The PlayStation 5 will support Blu-ray discs, as well as digital downloads and game streaming. The console will be equipped with a 4K Blu-ray player, just like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and it will supports games with a data capacity of 100GB.
Sony also simultaneously offer a PS5 Digital Edition similar to the XBox Series S, which offers the same features, but does not have an optical disc drive.
Fast Game Loads
Perhaps Sony PlayStation 5 greatest selling point is the new SSD which is 10 times faster (in loading games and updating scenes) than the PS4 (which came with slower hard drives). The 825GB SSD offer faster load speeds, allowing for bigger maps, as well as better system memory management.
Compared to an HDD, the SSD offers 100x faster load speeds which means no load screens, ultra fast streaming and ultra fast boot speeds too.
The 5.5GB/s speed of the PCIe 4.0 means game data can be loaded directly from SSD when needed rather than clogging the RAM with loads of data that may never be used in gameply in anticipation of the next moves of the player.
The Sony PlayStation 5 SSD is also expandable and you can also connect an external hard drive via USB. You can play PS4 games directly from an external hard drive connected via USB.
Sony PlayStation 5 is compatible with current PSVR hardware (PlayStation VR). Although, the VR technology is set to be hard designed into the build of the GPU.
In addition, the gaming console is supporting the HDR10+ format, thus, offering better detail and a fuller range of color, especially in scenes which display mostly light or mostly dark content.
Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be compatible with “the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles” which is access to more game than any of its console has ever supported.
In addition, thanks to the SSD, the PS5 support some new features including suspending multiple games.
This feature makes you jump immediately back into whatever you feel like playing without loading it from the start.
Sony PlayStation 5 comes with a whole new user interface which is 100 times better than the PS4 UI. The UI is based on a new visual language to increase the performance speed.
The PS5 features WiFi 802.11ac, enabling you to easily connect online wirelessly. You can still connect with wires via Ethernet.
Sony PlayStation 5 Accessories
Sony launched a range of accessories for the new consoles including the DualSense controller, which will feature haptic feedback and a built-in microphone.
Similarly, there is a Charging Station for charging two DualSense controllers simultaneously, an HD Camera for possible motion tracking, a new Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, and finally, a Media Remote for using the console as a Blu-ray player and streaming box.
Sony PlayStation 5 Price and Availability
Sony PlayStation 5 price starts at around $499.99 for the standard edition offering a built-in disc drive and $399.99 for the digital edition that lacks a digital disc drive. Price for the console starts at around 490,000 Naira in Nigeria, 18,000 EGP in Egypt, and 160,000 KSh in Kenya.
Sony PlayStation 5 Specs
Here are a few specs of the PS5 Gaming Consoles:
- Status: Available, since Q4 2020
- Platform: PlayStation
- Processor: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU (up to 3.5GHz)
- GPU: Custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU (up to 10.28 TFLOPS, 36 compute units, up to 2.23GHz)
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit RAM
- Colours: Black and White
- Dimension: –
- Weight: –
- Built-in Storage: Custom 825GB SSD (5.5GB / s)
- Optical Storage: 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive Optical drive (Not available in PS5 Digital Edition)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Camera: External HD Camera
- USB Port: Yes
- HDMI Port: Yes (Not Confirmed)
- Ethernet (RJ-45): Yes (Not Confirmed)
- Headphone Jack: –
- VGA: –
- Digital Output (Optical): –
- Microphone: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes
- WLAN: Yes
- Voltage: –
- Frequency: –
- Power Consumption: –
- Name: DualSense Controller
- Available in the Box: –
- Motion Sensors: –
- Features: Precision Controls, Trigger buttons, Menu and View buttons, 3.5mm Audio Jack
Motion Tracking Device
- Name: HD Camera
- Available in the Box: No, Buy separately
- Gesture/Motion Tracking: Yes, Gesture Tracking
- Camera: –
- Voice Command: –
- Face Recognition: –
- More Features: –