Sony held an online presentation of the futurethe next-generation gaming console, PlayStation 5, the main competitor of Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X game console. The final part of the battle of gaming consoles will begin at the time the devices enter the market, scheduled for the Christmas holidays 2020.
Now the community will be able to compare officiallythe PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X technical specifications stated, rather than relying on insider information and periodic leaks. Sony’s new gaming platform will receive its own 8-core AMD Zen 2 architecture processor with a variable clock speed of up to 3.5 GHz and a graphics processor with a frequency of up to 2.23 GHz on AMD RDNA 2 architecture with 36 clusters.
Developers guarantee performance around10.28 TFLOPS, which is slightly inferior to the recently announced performance of competitor Xbox Series X, the value of which is expected at 12 TFLOPS. 16 GB GDDR6 RAM and 825 GB individual SSD. The use of such a non-standard volume is explained by the higher performance of the solid-state drive when working with a 12-channel interface.
Using an SSD drive allowssignificantly increase the speed of data processing and significantly reduce the loading time of gaming applications. So, in comparison with the previous PlayStation 4 model, loading one level of games on which required up to 8 seconds, loading on the new console will take more than one second. At the same time, the data transfer rate reaches 5 GB per second.
The volume of the internal drive can be expandedusing an NVMe SSD connection through a separate connector, and also provides an external hard drive through a USB connector. The console also has a 4K Blu-ray optical drive.
According to the developers, the new console will be able tosupport both 8K games and 4K games at a frequency of 120 Hz. A noticeable reduction in boot time can lead to the abandonment of boot windows. It is also planned to add “3D sound” for a more immersive sound, an additional low-power mode to save energy and backward compatibility with the PS4. The price of the PlayStation 5 will be announced later, closer to the console’s release on the market, scheduled for the Christmas holidays 2020.