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Playstation 5 vs. Playstation 4: What Changed?

PS5 Specs

Sony has just revealed the specs list for the Playstation 5, and it sure is one hell of a list. Below is a quick comparison of how it has upgraded itself from its predecessor, the Playstation 4.

Comparison – Playstation 5 vs. Playstation 4

Playstation 5 specs
Credit: Techradar
Playstation 5Playstation 4
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores
3.5GHz (Variable Frequency)
8x Jaguar Cores
1.6GHz
GPU10.28 TFLOPs
36 CUs at 2.23GHz (Variable Frequency)
1.84 TFLOPs
18CUs at 800MHz
GPU ArchitectureCustom RDNA 2Custom GCN
Memory16GB GDDR68GB GDDR5
Interface256-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s176GB/s
Load Time2GB in 0.27 seconds1GB in 20 seconds
IO Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw)
Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Approx. 50-100MB/s (dependent on Data location on HDD)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD slotReplaceable Internal HDD
External StorageUSB HDD SupportUSB HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-Ray DriveBlu-Ray Drive

Sony may not have shown the Playstation 5 gaming console, or even a shadow of the controller in the livestream today. But, at least we got a deep dive from Mark Cerny (Lead System Architect of the PS4) himself, on what the Playstation 5 is made of and what features we could expect from it. He’s worked on popular gaming titles like God of War 3, Spider-Man, and even Death Stranding.

Sony has mentioned that almost all of the top 100 most popular games from the Playstation 4 era will be backwards compatible. That means not all games will be backwards compatible, only the most played game titles.

The Sony Playstation 5 is scheduled for a holiday season release in 2020. Stay tuned to The AXO for when that happens.

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