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Unveiling New Details of PlayStation 5: Hardware Technical Specs [UPDATED]

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Unveiling New Details of PlayStation 5: Hardware Technical Specs [UPDATED]

Watch live for a deep dive into PS5's system architecture and how it will shape the future of games.

UPDATE: A quick update on backward compatibility – With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5. We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.

We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.

In his presentation, Mark Cerny provided a snapshot into the Top 100 most-played PS4 titles, demonstrating how well our backward compatibility efforts are going. We have already tested hundreds of titles and are preparing to test thousands more as we move toward launch. We will provide updates on backward compatibility, along with much more PS5 news, in the months ahead. Stay tuned!


We know that fans are excited to find out more about our next-generation console, PlayStation 5, and exactly how it will bring about the future of gaming. Today we’re proud to unveil more details behind the technical and hardware components that make PlayStation 5 such an innovative and powerful platform – the ultra-high-speed SSD, integrated custom I/O system, custom AMD GPU with ray tracing, and highly immersive 3D audio. With these capabilities, PS5 will allow developers to maximize their creativity, building expansive worlds and new play experiences in the games they design.

This presentation from Mark Cerny, lead system architect for PS5, dives deep into the hardware system’s architecture and how we designed PS5 to benefit developers and the games they create.

As Mark discussed in his presentation, PS5’s ultra-high-speed SSD and integrated custom I/O system were developed with the goal of removing barriers to play – specifically loading screens. Developers are able to stream assets into PS5 games at an incredibly fast rate, so PS5 play experiences can be seamless and dynamic, with near-instantaneous fast travel through large game worlds. This enhanced speed will enable game developers to create larger, richer worlds without traditional limitations, such as load times, and also allows gamers to spend more time gaming than waiting.

We also wanted to introduce new capabilities with PS5’s custom GPU. Additional GPU power will allow for higher resolution in games, but a major new feature that benefits the visuals of games even further is ray tracing. Ray tracing simulates the way light moves in real life, and how it bounces off various surfaces. Games that take advantage of this feature will render objects much more accurately, and with heightened realism. Water, glass, light refraction, a character’s hair and so on, will look even more realistic.

PS5 will also allow games to offer a much deeper sense of immersion through 3D audio. Visuals are of course imperative to the gaming experience, but we believe audio plays a crucial role as well. We wanted to deliver a compelling audio experience for all users, not just those who own high-end speaker systems. So we designed and built a custom engine for 3D audio that is equipped with the power and efficiency for ideal audio rendering. With 3D audio on PS5, the sounds you hear while playing will offer a greater sense of presence and locality. You’ll be able to hear raindrops hitting different surfaces all around you, and you can hear and precisely locate where an enemy is lurking behind you.

Lastly, we’re excited to confirm that the backwards compatibility features are working well. We recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5. With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time.

Make sure to keep an eye out for more PlayStation 5 updates down the road, and meanwhile, check out the chart below for the official list of PS5 specs.

CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPU AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
System Memory GDDR6 16GB
448GB/s Bandwidth
SSD 825GB
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-ray™, up to 100GB/disc
Video Out Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
Audio “Tempest” 3D AudioTech

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513 Comments

  • Yes!,I can’t wait…

  • I still have a PS2 and a PS4… so I want to try the new PS5

  • It would be super cool if the the top of the PS5 could have a wireless charging station to charge the controllers! Just sit the controller on top and let it charge!

  • The Top of the PlayStation 5 should be a wireless charging station for the controllers! Just sit the controller on top and let it charge!

  • I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE PS5

  • I hope these aren’t rumors of ps5

  • Hola, ps5 sera mi primera consola, vale la pena comprar juegos digitales como god of war, bloodbore o GT5 ?

  • Ok, honestly I don’t care about the spec sheet, because Sony is showing off an amazing product with experiences that can’t be shown on paper, like seamless gameplay without loading due to the SSD and it’s I/O, and the immersive 3D Audio provided by the Tempest sounds amazing.

  • Sony już czas by pokazać Ps5.Jestem z wami od samego początku więc szykujcie się na pokaz teraz jest najlepszy czas bo wszyscy siedzą w domach przez koronawirusa i to jest ten moment by dotrzeć do największej liczby graczy postarajcie się z poważaniem orad23

  • Sony Sony Sony już czas pokazać Ps5.Jestem z wami od samego początku więc szykujcie się na pokaz teraz jest najlepszy czas bo wszyscy siedzą w domach przez koronawirusa i to jest ten moment by dotrzeć do największej liczby graczy postarajcie się z poważaniem. orad23 Pozdrawiam

  • How do I Sign to get your he ps5

  • When is the ps5 in stores.

  • I Love It But Will You Be Able To Transfer PS4 Data To PS5

  • Will Sony ever consider 2 HDMI outputs on a single console to play ‘split screen’ on two separate monitors/tv?

  • looks like a **** xbox controller but colours look kinda leng still

  • What is the system gonna look like ?
    I love how the control looks and I like that it’s bigger.

  • What about the ps3 titles that got ignored to be redone for ps4?? I still have to have multiple game systems?

  • I can’t wait to get my hands on the PS5

  • People need 1tb or 2tb to start ps5

  • So when i buy the play station 5 will i have to redownload or rebuy everything?

  • Reading about overheating issues with the console. Don’t know if true or not. If true, would going with a GPU with more CU’s at a slightly lower speed help?

    I know nothing of this but shooting a dart in a dark room here.

    I would not mind a slight delay in release if the architecture needs rethinking for the betterment of the final product that we get to play with.

    Also, USB C on the console itself!one port is enough if it allows to connect a hub to it. It may even save room inside the console!?!

  • ps5 is the best

  • ps5 is the best i trust to sony product specially ps5.

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  • Also be careful the Xbox is not gonna last long and many thoughts come past me and Sony can surprise us with the unexpected tbh it can be huge even bigger specs than the Xbox these are not confirmed specs so a gtx 1080 ti can be upgraded to a bigger gpu and storage and the 16 gb of ram is huge

  • The DualSense is really nice, can’t wait to get my hands on it. Fingers crossed for new details about the rest this summer.

    Here’s my wish list:
    – Hoping for backward compatibility across all PlayStation Systems (the competition is already doing it for all their back library) and adding converted versions of the good PSP and Vita games to the PS Store.
    – A Kevin Butler-level ad campaign for launch wouldn’t hurt either.
    – I’d like an even better system to manage my game library: folders ANÐ tags.
    – Also, improving the parental controls family play time management to let us modify the play time limit AND the hour at which said play time is over would be nice.

    That’s about it for now.

  • We hope the price is satisfactory

  • From what I understand the ps5 specs aren’t exactly correct for say let’s not argue about which device is better but for say that xbox is better but be warned the Xbox may not be what you think it will just trying not to argue This is my own opinion tbh don’t take my comments seriously but tbh take them with care and awareness cause my name is prodigy but Pls don’t take my comments seriously but take them as you may.

  • That is a good question Sony will we have to have our old data from a previous ps4 I know this is hard to answer but will our online data go onto the ps5 for say somehow will you guys inform us before the release of Christmas Eve that to transfer our online data from ps4 to ps5 I know how to do it but will you inform us or show us how

  • I can’t wait. Looking amazing so far!

  • Why is everyone so hung up on backward compatibility with PS3 and earlier?!? I want new and more advanced games. I rarely go back and play a game. Give me new games and the next version of VR!!!
    AND SHOW US THE CONSOLE ALREADY SONY!

  • Hello i am asking if you are able to login to the ps5 from your ps4 account

  • Don’t know why everybody is so hung up on backward compatibility. Its not like the games are being revamped. Picture a guy getting out of a spacecraft in the woods and then trying to start up a fire with flint and steel and hunt with a spear. Just use lighter fluid and a ray gun already the future is here! Leave the caveman technology behind…

  • Sony, spit the french outta your mouth ‘n’ tell me if I can play PS3-games on this sucker! Lemme tell ya that if I can’t, it’s gonna be a bigger flop than the PS-classic, and all that “upgrade” isn’t gonna mean zip. As far as I’m concerned, the PS5 can die in a hole if I can’t pop in PS3-discs into it, and I’m sure others think the same. What’ll it be, can I get a PS5 to play previous generations on? If not, I’ll never even look at it.

    • That’s ridiculous, you can’t pop a PS3 disc into a PS4 and it’s not the end of the world so why’s it such an issue with PlayStation 5? The fact that you’ll be able to play more than 4000 of the incredible PS4 games on day one is remarkable! Thanks to remasters the best game from the PS3 generation are already available on PS4 which will in turn be playable on PS5. Sony has worked hard to give gamers a truly innovative console with PS5 and I can’t wait to pop in my favorite PS3 remastered PS4 discs to play them in fully upgraded quality on PS5! Happy gaming 😉💨✌️

  • I don’t even care about any of this. We all know all kinds of stuff about ps5. Specs, BWC, controller and such. Yet, no reveal of the console itself. Sony claims its building hype, I say it’s building annoyance. I’m buying it regardless but my interest in all this is quickly waning. Oh well, hype or no hype, I’m just over it all and bored with PlayStation drop feeding nibbles. Reveal it or don’t, but for God sake stop jerking us around. So annoyed!

  • Words can’t describe how excited I am for the PS5! I got my very first PlayStation console at age 5 in 1995 & from that day forward I’ve owned EVERY PlayStation console since then even the handhelds! Sony has given me some of the best memories of my life with truly compelling games! From crash bandicoot, jak and daxter, uncharted series, last of us, infamous series, horizon zero Dawn, God of War& many others still to come Sony PlayStation has delivered to me gaming memories that’ll last a lifetime! I can’t wait to jump into the next generation of gaming with Sony’s PlayStation 5! Happy gaming my friends 😉💨✌️

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