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Sony Reveals Playstation 5 Hardware Specs, Two Days After XBox

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Looks like Microsoft really did light a fire under Sony, because a mere two days after the former company laid bare the guts of the XBox Series X, the latter company countered with their Playstation 5 guts in no time flat. Said guts are slightly less gutsy than the new XBox’s horsepower, but they’re nothing to sneeze at.

CPUeight x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2 cores (16 threads), variable frequency at up to 3.5 GHz
GPU architectureAMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine with hardware acceleration for ray tracing
GPU36 compute units at a variable frequency up to 2.23 GHz (10.28 teraflops)
Memory / interface16 GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
Memory bandwidth448 GB/s
Internal storagecustom 825 GB SSD, PCIe 4.0
I/O throughput5.5 GB/s (read), typical 8-9 GB/s (compressed)
Expandable storageNVMe SSD expansion bay
External storageUSB hard drive support
Optical drive4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
VideoHDMI 2.1 (support for 4K 120 Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR)
AudioTempest 3D AudioTech

The Playstation 5 boasts 10.28 teraflops of processing power, a little less than the Series X’s twelve, and its 825 gigabyte SSD drive doesn’t measure up to the 1 TB offered by Microsoft. BUT….Sony does hold one advantage in that the storage can be increased through an expansion slot for a second SSD.

XBox will also let you increase the memory in its machine, but through expensive proprietary drives only Microsoft will sell. Let’s pause for a moment and look at that: Sony is the company allowing any off-the-shelf memory to be used, while Microsoft is forcing consumers to go with exclusive expensive options that carry their brand. It’s a complete role reversal from their typical behavior.

Sony is also, finally, taking backwards compatibility seriously after ignoring it for about fifteen years. They say the “top 100 most popular” PS4 games will run on the PS5 on launch day, with the lineup set to expand later…..and it’s not limited to physical discs. If you have PS4 games in digital form (like say, on a USB hard drive), you can plug that drive into a PS5 and the compatible games will run. How nice!

Sony wrapped up by confirming the Holiday 2020 launch window for the Playstation 5. around the same time as Microsoft’s machine. The war is heating up!