The Sony PS5 Digital Edition was a surprise unveil as Sony finally took the veils off its latest gaming console. The PlayStation 5 comes in two models, the standard Sony PlayStation 5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive and the Sony PS5 Digital Edition without a disc drive.
Where to Buy Sony PS5
The Sony PlayStation®5 Digital Edition console as the name connotes has no optical disc drive, hence, it helps deliver your games and media through digital means. It’s a similar approach to the digital version of Microsoft’s XBox, the Xbox Series S.
The lack optical disc drive also means you should expect the price of the PS5 Digital Edition to be lower than the standard edition.
Sony PS5 Digital Edition 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
- 3D audio
- Up to 120 frames per second
- 4K games at 60 fps
Sony PS5 Digital Edition comes with a lot cleaner, thinner and slimmer design, Since the disc drive isn’t taking up valuable space on the left-hand side of the console.
The PS5 Digital Edition is designed to stand vertically, hence, looking similar to the Xbox Series, although, it can be placed horizontally.
This gaming console sports a sleek structure is just like the standard model and taller than most gaming console.
The Sony PS5 Digital Edition lacks a disc slot and hence, there is one less button on the front of the console as it does not require a disc eject button. This indicates that the Digital Edition will rely only on the online PlayStation Store for games.
Furthermore, Sony PS5 Digital Edition has a USB port and the USB-C port located on the front of the console, while the power cable, ethernet and HDMI ports are located on the back.
This console comes in two colours the general black casing and a white casing with sandwiching curved black interior, along with blue LED lighting and vents along the top curve on both model.
Just like the Sony PlayStation 5, the PS5 Digital Edition is built on the eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz paired with a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU.
This AMD’s third-gen Ryzen CPU is built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process, with cutting-edges quad-core architecture which provides the responsiveness and performance.
The custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU provide 10.28 teraflops of power using variable frequencies on both the CPU and GPU
Furthermore, this CPU and GPU combination will allow the PS5 to utilize ray tracing acceleration. Ray tracing is advanced lighting tech that can take in-game graphics to a whole new level by more realistically mimicking the way light behaves in an environment.
Similarly, the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition sport a proprietary 825GB SSD, and support off-the-shelf NVMe SSD expandability.
The SSD is according to the company 10 times faster than the PS4, thus, offering 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.
In addition, this all-digital console offers an high-quality 3D audio experience.
With the use of the AMD compute unit-based Tempest Engine and custom Head-related Transfer Function (HRTF) maps, the PS5 Digital edition allows gamers to experience high-quality 3D in-game audio with even the most basic headphones or speakers.
Similarly, unlike the standard PS5 console, the Digital edition is essentially a streamlined alternative, therefore, you can’t play games or movies from physical discs which is only possible with the presence of the disc-drive.
Sony PS5 digital edition however, support up to 8K graphics has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, thus, providing a much smoother, responsive look on displays handling faster speeds.
Unlike the PS4 which only offer up to HDR10 display format, the Sony PS5 Digital edition supports an upgraded HDR10+ format. Thus, offering better detail and a fuller range of color, especially in scenes which display mostly light or mostly dark content.
Furthermore, Sony PS5 Digital Edition 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.
Above all, this gaming console comes with support for WiFi 802.11ac, thus, enabling you to easily connect online wirelessly. You can still connect with wires via Ethernet.
Sony PS5 Digital Edition 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 PS5 Digital Edition Price and Availability
Sony PS5 Digital Edition price starts at around $399.99. This is $100 cheaper than the standard edition. The gaming console is now available at leading online stores.
Sony PS5 Digital Edition Specs
Here are a few specs of the Sony PS5 Digital Edition 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: No
- 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: –
- Available in the Box: No, Buy separately.
- Gesture/Motion Tracking: Yes, Gesture Tracking
- Camera: Yes, HD Camera
- Voice Command: –
- Face Recognition: –
- More Features: –