Unveiling new details of PlayStation 5: Hardware technical specs [UPDATED]

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Unveiling new details of PlayStation 5: Hardware technical specs [UPDATED]

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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.

  • x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
  • 8 Cores / 16 Threads
  • Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz


  • 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


  • 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)


  • “Tempest” 3D AudioTech

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  • Oh my… a really senseless & boring presentation, Mark.

    • It’s made for Game Developer’s Conference, not Gamescom.

      That said I would’ve liked to see in-game examples.

    • To be fair..it is a presentation on “Hardware technical specs”. I can’t get over the seemingly fake people silhouettes

    • You thought so? Hmh… I found it all fantastic how well they detailed how all of it is used, what has been custom designed to work in unison – like a precision tool to do exactly what gaming needs… instead of just giving us some list of powerful tech.

      It might mean that we’re in for very optimized experiences. But it does run the risk that new custom systems will reveal new custom flaws. But they have time for testing.

      Love that they will support 3rd party SSD’s and allow us to just swap one out. Also dig they’re focusing on directional audio so thoroughly as there hasn’t been much progress in that front.

    • Not gonna lie – as na IT professional I found this really interesting :)

    • Seeing Sid Shuman strapped to that contraption was all worth it XD

    • I did believe before that PlayStation needed to keep their specs hidden to not show off Microsoft. Well that that it’s out there, there’s no reason to be quiet about the PS5. Don’t rush and badly present the PS5. Make a great and exciting true reveal of the PS5 and it’s games. There’s no reason now that Microsoft has shown what they have, they aren’t going to change it last minute, these are the specs.

      I do still believe the PS5 needs a better GPU at least the same 50 that Microsoft has. Don’t care about the price, just boost the GPU to what Xbox Series X is and go with it. I do believe the extra power might help drastically even though I know the SSD will be vital for gaming development. Revolutionary.

      But you don’t want Microsoft to run on the notion that they have the most power. That’s my opinion. But you need to maket the PS5 a lot. Make people excited for the Console.

  • UHD Blu-Ray ? Make a remote control.

    It was a shame there wasn’t an official remote control for PS4/PS3 remote wasn’t compatible with PS4.

    • At the very least make it properly compatible with Harmony remotes

    • Harmony what ? Never heard off that. Why should they make it work for a remote sold in like 5 countries ?! Makes no sense.

    • Logitech Harmony is the most popular and widespread universal remote system in the world, and it is currently sold in Sweden, along with hundreds of other countries.

    • I have a Sony TV. My TV remote work with the PS4.

    • HDMI Consumer Electronics Control.

      All remotes work with PS4….

    • Mate, you live in Sweden and have never heard of Logitech Harmony? Ok then…

      I have no issues with PS3/PS4 compatibility with my Harmony Elite btw. I just wish it was possible to pair more than 4 BT devices, so I didn’t have to unpair one of my controllers to use the remote.

  • I understand that this was meant for GDC, but as of right now, even though I will buy a PS5, for a information and marketing point xb its right now the new cool thing. This vídeo should not be shared as “come, come, see the new stuff”. Gamers around the world that were waiting for a PS5 news, dont want to wait for a vídeo/show like this. Its only a opinion.

    • I feel exactly the opposite. This detailed how their tech will be used so well that I at least found it fascinating. I’m much less interested in marketing statements that are the same every year with “most powerful ever” and stating teraflop counts and odd flexes about the most-power-crammed-in details and much more interested in what the tech they have in store DOES and what it is used and how.

      I appreciated how in-depth this was about the system we’ll be getting.

      I suppose for consumers they should have had some… shiny hype material, as seems everyone here found it “boring”. I… at least didn’t really watch this to get some entertainment, but info.

    • Hi there. Im not saying that this kind of video is not helpful, but shouldnt be presented to the general core audiance like it was. The presentation ha to come online just like any other trailer etc. Not make a huge deal of it or at least be more frobt about it. as for yesterday tweet from PS, yes you could understand what this was going to be about, but the way tht was announced was that “be excited, PS5 its coming”. I appretiate the explaining, but like Ive said MS its doing a better job this time around. Making video demos, letting youtubers do “the Mark Cerny job”.. Hope i was clear.

    • Why should we care about that XBox is “the new cool thing”? The X was stronger than the Pro, but for what? Just for bragging? The One had no games anyway. As far I understood the SX will be stronger than the PS5, but the PS5 will be faster. I know, most people would probably pick the power and jump to XBox next gen because they are unfaithful and superficial, but I would prefer speed and games. What is the point of having minimal more power when most of the games, the multiplatform games, will look and behave exactly the same anyway? On the other hand, Sony does have great exclusives and I have no idea how many hundreds of Japanese games. Tell me, what does the XBox offer, besides Forza, Halo and Gears? Sure, sure, they bought some studios meanwhile because they want to TRY to fight Sony. But, eh, I do not really believe it is going to help. The XBox is boring and useless since the beginning. The SX is not going to change that. Just accept it. And what I said is not even supposed to be fanboy crap, because I actually really do not see any reason to get an XBox… Sorry.

    • And the funny thing about all the PS4 single-player exclusive games, looking at the trophy list, is that at least half the purchasers rarely finish them! So much for that argument.

    • Simulacrum_AT

      the xbox has no games? what about all the multiplatform games running at a much better level of performance than the playstation. and also the killer blow of the majority of them turning up free on gamepass very soon after release. using microsoft reward points its possible to renew that basically for nothing. ive had a playstation since ps1 days…but when the x1x came out i decided to grab one of those too. over the last year i found myself playing the X1X more than my pro. the almost weekly addition of AAA free games on gamepass makes it hard to keep up. ive got a huge game backlog and i think ive bought like 1 game in the last year. id use the pro for ps4 exclusives but for everything else it was the X1X. theyve just announced Surge 2 and Ace combat 7 for this week. two games i was intending to buy but had a feeling they would arrive on game pass. im glad i waited. the combination of more power and almost free games is a compelling reason to get an xbox over a playstation.

      a few months ago i actually made the difficult decision to sell the pro. i knew it wasnt going to get much use this year. Days Gone was the last game i played on it (and i enjoyed it immensely) there are maybe 1 or 2 PS exclusives this year im interested in but i can wait for the ps5 to play those. didnt seem any point on playing them on the ps4 when theyll perform better on the ps5. ill be getting a ps5 but not sure itll be day one. ill most likely wait for a backlog of exclusives to build up and grab one 6 months down the line. the exclusives will drop in price then as well. i hope sony keeps up their excellant track record of great exclusive titles. itll be hard to justify getting one else.. would love to see bloodbourne 2 and days gone 2.

    • anothadave

      Consoles are nothing more than bariers that hold their IPs so that the other one can’t have them.

      From my point of view Sony has complete monopoly over the market. I can’t think of any MS game that could take place of Bloodborne, Persona, FF and many more.

      I see no reason to use any of the consoles to play games that are also available on PC. Since most if not all of MS games are availalbie on both, it’s pointless.

    • Mark’s natural charisma and eloquence made it a joy to watch the presentation. It was an incredibly inviting atmosphere, and even though I understood basically none of it, I greatly enjoyed getting a glimpse of what to expect for the next generation and why decisions were made.

    • I want his brain and job.

    • I agree Kirigiri!

    • @anothadave I had an XBox360 myself, before I joined the PlayStation family and bought a PS3SS in the end of 2013. But I was never really happy with the 360… I had around 200 games at home but it did not satisfy me at all. I tried to sell the 360 and the 200 games at some point but people only have been interested when I tried to go for 100 Euros. I also had an One X, it came bundled with Forza Horizon 4 and I bought ten (not exclusive) games I have never touched in the end, because the XBox just bored me and did not bring me joy at all. Forza is not even a good game. The awful UI and the fat controller also did their part. And then there have been achievements… They are still not satisfying. I tried to sell my One X for MONTHS, because nobody cares about an XBox. Last week someone offered me 250 Euro. For the console and the ten factory sealed games. It was a loss for me, obviously. But I was glad that I got finally rid of that thing. …And I got a pack of ten toilet paper rolls. Which is great, because I only had one roll left. You can be sure, I am not going to try the XBoxSX. :) I am glad, the XBox brings so much joy to you, but it is nothing for me. Sorry.

    • One big advantage of the current Xbox one X is that isn’t trying to lift off like PS4 PRO. The cooling of PS4 PRO is way too loud due to a bad design compared to the vapor chamber and larger fan of the One X. I don’t care about specs or power for the new generation, the audio visual difference is minimal, even in my home theater with LG OLED and Dolby Atmos setup. I am getting annoyed waiting for the reveil of PS5, I preorder the new Xbox when available and buy a PS5 when the price drops…

  • What about a picture of PS5? im almost sleeping….

    So, i have SSD Samsung evo and i cant put in this system??? wtf????

  • Surely a consumer reveal before this tech-focused deep dive would have made more sense. Not sure what PlayStation’s consumer strategy is here but Xbox are dominating the conversation at the moment.

    • They were planning this for the Game Development Comference which got cancelled. So this was for devs and professionals and not for consumers. But the “Wired-article” was for consumers

    • They had to explain a technology that is a decade old to devs and professionals (ssd)?

    • Except they didn’t Sp1tFire–, from a console engineering perspective the presentation was really insightful. Just because something was invented 10 years ago doesn’t mean anything, a lot of the components are designed in-house and work in very specific ways in the console architecture, not in the standart like they were used in PCs the last 10 years…

  • The road to most boring presentation ever

    • This presentation was supposed to show the hardware the ps5 runs on, yeah its a bit boring but im assuming you’re wanting to see how the games look like while they’re running and also how the console looks like, but this presentation was about the “nerdy” side of the ps5.

  • Guys, from marketing point of few this was a disaster. You could at least show the box and tell us it will be 100x faster. That would do it. This was horrible, I’m sorry.

    • But it was for devs, we were just able to see this, because the previous show was cancelled.

    • Understand and agree with what you’re saying, BUT as soon as it became clear that this would be posted online instead of at GDC, it wouldn’t have hurt to include something a LITTLE more consumer friendly.

      Mark’s talk is very useful for devs, but maybe a little tease as the end to say something like “more info on the games and form factor of the console in X timeframe” would have gone a long way to placating fans. The Wired articles, the silence, the presentation of a logo at a press conference is slowly eroding the goodwill from consumers. I will buy a PS5, but it shouldn’t be ignored how often in the past general consumers have changed sides in the ‘console wars’.

      Right now I just don’t think it would take much effort to course correct and reduce the PR lead that Microsoft are building up. With all of this said though, I’m still hugely excited for both consoles and what they will each bring to the table.

    • They usually show the box around summer time. Sony is following the same pattern as always.

  • disappointing!!!

  • Some interesting ideas and concepts but they really needed to give us a better idea of what hardware specs we will be getting in PS5 or at least a reveal of the unit itself.

    • They need to reveal the price of course. Going with the countless historic examples of the cheaper console always “winning” it’s really the only number they need to get right..

  • So the guys and gals at PS are hyping up the devs….but not the consumers? I mean, with the BEER virus going around chances of a reveal at an event are not looking likely, so perhaps giving us a date early on to get the tech/gaming community to get the word buzzing right now would make more sense,

    But i am just a gamer, just my 2 cents on the matter.

  • I hope it is a road to a success !

    But still good job and let us see this beast already !!!

  • Hoping for an ACTUAL gaming event soon.

  • While I thank having some news about the PS5 I think the marketing people advertised this incorrectly as this is obviously not aimed at general public and it could backfire.

  • Biggest disappointment of the year ??? Presentation, boring… And pretty much nothing new ??

    • … nothing new? They detailed how practically everything is custom built, having designed systems that are optimized very specifically to be precisely for gaming.

      I don’t understand people sometimes. I guess this should’ve just had flashy hype instead of an actual indepth explanation of what tech to expect.

    • Unfortunately, that’s what people want right now. Most gamers, and Fanboys, don’t care what how the system was built. They came here expecting to see the console they will be buying and why it’s better than the rest. While I really enjoyed this breakdown, because I’m very technically knowledgeable that these details make sense, most of the people that were hyped about this, just want to see the console and the games utilizing it’s hardware. The huge delay in a reveal, losing out to a tech, and demo mind you, reveal of Xbox, I would have thought Sony would want to save some face and give us at least a look at the device if not some gameplay at this point.

      Oh well, guess they feel this is building to a bigger reveal, but I think this will seriously backfire at this point.

    • The only thing extra MS has shown is the box, I don’t think they’ve shown any next gen gameplay?

  • No backwards compatibility with PS1-PS3 games ? Mark is good at his job, but boy that was a snooze fest listening to all that for 50 minutes, then abruptly ends. I think Sony is having a laugh here.

    People want to see the console, not listen to a maths lesson?

    • Who cares about playing crappy old games? I buy new systems for new games.

    • Tell that to the dedicated team of volunteer developers making the PS3 emulator on PC. If they can get games, even if only some of them, running at full speed & correctly then what excuse does Sony have? Sony has full access to the Cell design and all the technical intel that provides, along with their huge warchest full of cash and tons of professional, non-hobbyist developers. At worst, I figured PS1 and PS2 immediately available, with PS3 an “in progress” feature. I’m extremely disappointed with Sony on their BC strategy.

      I love PlayStation, it is my console of choice (as a multiconsole and PC gamer). But right now Microsoft is certainly talking the talk, and even walking the walk by talking up nearly full back compat with their whole library and their full on blitz of information consumers want. Sony can’t even confirm full compatibility with the top 100 titles. Yikes.

      I get BC isn’t the *main* feature, but it is important. I still have my older consoles hooked up for playing older games, but I’d kill for one box to do it all. And given I have a PC, and HZD going to PC shows Sony is at least considering a wider release approach, PS5 hardware is looking less necessary. I’ll be holding off for a while.I really thought PS5 was going to do full back compat – didn’t think Sony would want to forfeit a headlining feature to MS, but apparently they’re fine with that. If they opt to start selling older games piecemeal without an option for local BC, that’s going to be a really bad look.Not really liking how Sony is handling the PS5 right now, BC and information rollout to consumers/fans.

    • I agree I’m not as excited for BC as I should be, as in this case it feels more like a marketing ploy to ease the transition from PS4 to PS5 than an actual feature that would benefit gamers in general. This wouldn’t be the case if they had full backwards compatibility, rewarding faithful players who purchased and hung onto their old games for a change, instead of getting them to pay for it again on their online store.

    • @MackinsVII Quite a lot of people care about older games actually. Grand Theft Auto V is a 2013 game and is still being played by plenty of people in 2020 just to name one example. Hardly a “crappy old game”. I’m interested in all games, not just the ones that come out after the PS5 release date. I would rather have one box that plays everything and backwards compatibility is one step closer to that.

      If I want to be able to play games from all PlayStation consoles, then currently I need to have three consoles connected to my TV all at the same time which is ridiculous. PS2 and PS3 can play the majority of PS1 games at least. Thanks to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility I only need one Xbox console, rather than three for the games I want to play that are only on those consoles.

    • Clearly someone cares, you silly person. Otherwise the OP wouldn’t have pointed it out.

  • The highlight for me was the support for storage expansion via M2 SSDs, which beats the proprietary expansion route that Microsoft went for.

    Guess you guys learned from PS Vita.

    • You have to understand, yes Microsoft went with proprietary storage expansion, but they did it out of respect for their new data architecture to make sure we as gamers have the exact same experience with the expansion as we do with the internal without raising the cost of the console at launch, but giving users the ability to expand when wanted. Mark even said they won’t have the supported M2 drives available at launch, as they are still benchmarking them.

      We’ve seen proprietary memory fail in the past (looking at you Vita) because the new memory offered no benefits over readily available current storage methods other than not having the storage lines mapped out where they could be readily exploited. This new storage is built to maintain the bandwidth that all this new CPU/GPU tech is using, so I don’t see the new storage as a fail. Supported M2 could go a long way for Sony, and I applaud that decision, but I see the benefits for Microsoft as well where they don’t have to worry about benchmarking efforts, or supporting multiple vendor products.

    • The problem with Xbox going with custom expansion is overall going to be the pricing and demand, on top of everything else.

      I plan to get both systems, but that proprietary aspect is a massive no-no.

    • True, the potential downside will be the cost of the proprietary expansion on XSX vs the (yes not all) M2 drives for PS5

  • Backwards compatibility with ‘most’ of the top 100 PS4 games… ‘most’ ‘100’… really?

    I expect full PS4 BC at launch, 3,2,1 after launch.

    • Yep,very much agree this has been poorly communicated thus far. On one hand, we’re told we can (after logging in on our psn account obv.),plug our external ps4 HDD into the ps5 & play games from it via usb or optionally install it on the SSD? But despite being a hardware based “legacy mode” feature that runs it in ps4/pro mode at this stage only a small portion of the 4000 games they say are available have been tested as working? Will others need a future ps5 firmware update,or a patch via their devs/publisher? And sadly no ps1-ps3 titles either. But at the very least,XBSX messaging was clear-Xbone games (& their Virtual console/emulated legacy games), work straight off,possibly with enhancements.

      Yes,we do know Sony first parties will likely show off stuff not possible on ps4,(compared to XBSX plans of no exclusives at launch), but the communication about the ps5 so far this year seems very tone deaf to ps owners & the simple,but effective message being used by Xbox sad to say…namely bring your old library over & enjoy the new. (And I’m no fan of XB’s live service,minimal storyline first party stuff)

  • Oh come on… All that high end hardware and still NO PS3 backwards compatibility? Why do you even bother to lie that the previous generations are important to you? It’s obvious that you don’t care. Sure, I’ll get the PS5…about 5 years down the line.

  • That’s my original comment about backwards compatibility thrown out then and the update sounds more positive, maybe I’ll be selling my PS4 afterall. I think Sony would of been better just having this presentation behind closed doors in front of people who work in the industry. I’m wondering how long this 825GB is going to last, probably not long.

  • Greatest presentation, Cerny! except the obscure BC details. Real good. At first It looked like ps2 and 3 would be available in BC, followed by a obscure Mark Cerny talk of on-board chipset to other tricks. and another image painting a different picture. So what is it? will other than PS4 have BC or are we forced off our older diskgames?

  • I seem to be in the minority somehow, but I really liked this presentation. No pointless “Most powerful console ever” hype statements, just details of how exactly the tech has been planned to work. Really like how well they seem to have optimized and custom built the parts to work in unison to provide the best “precision tools” and functions just for gaming.

    I’m interested to see if the install and game data will actually be smaller this gen, as they can save so much data when they can only include assets once (and load them lightning fast from wherever), instead of having assets in multiple times in many packages to improve data streaming.

    About cheered when I heard they will allow 3rd party SSD’s. Also really like the research and effort done to directional audio..

    With this many custom built systems we might be in for a very optimized experience. But then again, with custom systems come potential custom flaws. We’ll see.

  • Fail!!! Go back with @shawnlayden and @andrewjouse_ps

    • 100% with you on that one.

      Since Jim Ryan appointment, communication has been nothing short of abysmal.

      Sony should get Shawn Layden back before it’s too late.

  • SSD, Throttling & 3D Audio – really?

  • Great to hear more about backwards compatibility with PS4 games. Hopefully it won’t be long after launch until all PS4 games are made compatible with PS5. Releasing just 50 or so PS2 Classics for example on PlayStation Store (PS4) and then calling it a day just didn’t cut it. Microsoft were quick to add more original Xbox/Xbox 360 games to their backwards compatibility program on Xbox One, so I’m hoping it’ll be at least as quick as that on PS5 for PS4 games.

  • Maybe my reception was different than most because I’m an actual software developer (not working in games but still) but I liked this a lot ;)

  • OK cool,

     1.Now please show us the new games.

    2.Be more specific about the PS4 backwards compatibility, list the 100 supported game?

    3.What about backwards compatibility for PS1,2&3?

    4.Price point?

    5.Release date?

  • It’s seems Sony has cut their the 3 prior gens completly out of the picture. That(If true) would make it be the most dissapointing console gen yet. With over 25 years of gaming history and Sony holding holding onto the disc it’s sad that people like me who own a physical copy of a irreplaceable Playstation Video game would have lost it to the generations. People collects discs for more than their sale price. People hold onto games with deep bonds to how they played at time of purchase. and in today’s market of sure throwaway titles in playstation store, this would have been the biggest feature of a potential next-gen. I still hold my playstation 1, 2 and 3 titles close to heart, as I don’t want to let go of the games i remember Playstation for. I’m Looking for hope in the future for the past disc titles not to be left alone so that I may… Hold onto my favourite Playstation games forever. never to be lost to devices or time.

    • Have you heard of PSNow?

    • Oh yes, that thing that what was at the PS4 reveal event in Feb 2013 where Sony said they hope to have every PlayStation game ever made on the service and 7 years later we have 0 PS1 games, 20 PS2 games, 500 random PS3 games and 250 PS4 games.

      Is that the PS Now you are talking about? What of it?

  • Despite people criticizing this for what it wasn’t supposed to be because they hyped themselves without thinking, this is what I expected it to be. Confirming that MS won the tech battle for me. But I will let the games win. I don’t need my console to play old games though it would be very nice to play at least PS3 games on it. I want lots of console exclusives to make up for the weaker hardware (I know the SSD is better but it won’t come with a cheap price tag if you want to expand since the ones they use come with a special controller).

    • Is there a similar presentation for the new XBox? I’ve seen some numbers but honestly numbers alone don’t mean that much (unless of course there’s a huge difference but in this case there isn’t). This video explains the PS team’s design choices really well and I like what I’m hearing.

  • First of I would like to say Mark Cerny is an excellent speaker, flawless presentation. It was awfully technical, however. The first fifteen minutes I appreciated him not dumbing it down entirely for a total IT noob like myself and still making somewhat sense and relating to games, then he just lost me and started going Chinese until bringing up the 3D audio near the end.

    I can understand a lot of people will be dissappointed by this, but I do appreciate getting some more insight into the lead system architect and his philosophies. I like the evolution/revolution approach and his sense of efficiency. I’ve been generally wanting more insights into the strategies and workings of Sony Playstation and would love to see more on a regular basis.

  • Good thing about this, its convinced me not to buy day one.

    Going to actually wait this time round and see how PS5 does against Xbox Series. Disappointed honestly but, will see how the games pan out. Will stick to my PS4 Pro for now.

    Looks like we are back to PS3 / Xbox era where Xbox will outshine the PS5 with multiplatform games.

  • As for the actual PS5 reveal, I’m most excited/worried for the controller, which I’ve always considered the most important aspect of any console. I just hope it didn’t get too much bigger and heavier compared to the DS4, which was already a step down compared to the perfect DS3 for me. Still my favorite controller, if only for the general shape and alligned joysticks, but not my all time favorite…

    With the larger size and extra weight, bigger handles, flat joysticks and focus on triggers behind it seemed entirely inspired by the competition’s controller, which I obviously didn’t and don’t appreciate as a longtime Playstation fan. Don’t lose your identity over alligning with others in an attempt to draw in their players.

  • Playstation is the fastest machine, the series X as no chance, multi plats, 1 party, I am very happy with the specs, show some games after the Last of us 2 etc is out

  • What a great technical presentation and by a great speaker. Very impressed of the idea of having virtual 3D Audio through TV speakers, that’s pretty amazing. Not much mention of the new controller, he mentioned haptic feedback briefly, but I am still holding out hopes for details of touch screen on controller. Yeah hoping I know.

    • What is the point of a touchscreen on a controller? The touchpad was already completely redundant, you want them to expand on that? I never understood the value of putting an input system on top of another input system.

      My brother, unlike me, doesn’t hate the WiiU controller, and his argument was that he could use the map while playing the game. But while you’re using the map, you’re not playing the game in that moment and the other way around, so why would you need to have both simultaneously? Extra weight, power and loss of surface for a redundant gimmick…

  • Will this be on the test?

  • Why was it so important for Cerny to talk about PSVR being compatible with PS4 in April 2019, 11 months ago…………….. WHEN NO PSVR GAMES ON PS4 WILL LIKELY RUN ON PS5 THE DAY IT LAUNCHES??? It makes no sense. No PSVR game is going to be in the stupid “top 100 popular PS4 games” list. That PSVR claim made it look like all PS4 games will run on PS5 out of the box like we all wanted.

    It should have been just EXTRA enhancements that would need a game per game check. Not a game per game check to get the damn things running on PS5 at all. What did you have AMD doing for years if you couldn’t even get PS4 games running on PS5 as a standard?

    And you people that think/thought they are going to add PS1, PS2 and PS3 BC, just give it up lol. It was very unlikely before, just pure speculation/hopes/fake rumours by most people…… but with them screwing up PS4 BC, just forget about it.

  • Well not sure if I should be desapointed or not with the final specs..I was hoping it could rival microsoft..but raw numbers don’t lie..The Playstation brand is synonymous with power, but I guess Microsoft’s showed the power of their wallet..i will be getting a PS5 but the feeling is not the same as when ps1 come out as the most powerfull, when ps2(before anyone mentions xbox and gamecube they come out well after it) come out as the most powerful, ps3 come out as the most powerful, ps4 come out as the most powerful..cant say the same about ps5..oh well…lets hope for the best!!

  • Playstation 5 did not work Sony ? I always bought ps now it’s over !!!! ssd 1 tb must be tflops very funny??? xbox will be number 1

    • Please release The Last Of Us Part 2 Demo on the PlayStation Store. You know, the 1 hour Demo that was cancelled at Pax East due to the Corona virus.

      It only makes perfect sense to release the Demo on the store for all to play and appreciate. It’s not like you can show it off at conventions now is it?

  • The exact same opposite of PS4 reveal. A seemingly interesting exposition without a single image or game shown. This is not how you unveil a console that’s shy of 6 months away of being released.

  • Not the best way to introduce the PS5, but, thinking it through, the specs do work out pretty nicely. As long as the cooling system is all they are saying it will be, then with the ultra fast SSD, this should be moving a LOT of data to the GPU to crunch and display versus the the other console where assets will be slower to load. Can see why Devs are excited by this, games should be capable of insanely detailed graphics throughout with no visible pop in and ultra long, detailed draw distances I think. Add in excellent audio and detailed haptic feedback, and games could be significantly more engaging and immersive than from, ahem, the competition.

    I do want to see some boost to PS4 games though please eg PS4 pro style boost mode, and PS3 emulation too would make this very sweet indeed. Come on Sony!

    But still not sure what the incredible ‘not yet announced’ features are though…

  • Well that was obvious that Sony have no idea about what their customers (gamers) are looking for from a reveal. Plus if this is supposed to encourage us to buy the PS5, they failed. Sony, you need to do better, far better.

  • Hi Sony, a very good presentation if we consider that it was planned for GDC.

    Unfurtunatly the new PS5 (10,3 TF) is even less powerful than Stadia (10,7) and we do not even need to compare it to XBX (12 TF) – so you will put a system into the market, for us as your loyal customers, which is the the worst in terms of power (graphics). Is there any hope that you can adjust- seriously – take the opportunity and rethink a bit also in the current Situation of coronavirus. SSD is great, but you are to focused just on that aspact. In general im really looking forward to the PS5 but now i‘m a bit dissappointed. Still great presenatation and also a lot of good aspects but not as expected from you the best .

  • I gave it a thumbs up :D Because of course I want the PS5 :P But I don’t really like how SONY is presenting the PS5 so far. It just seems allover the place really. Why couldn’t they of maybe just did a show this month(and said in January the show would be this month) and show the PS5 console and the Controller and a few Exclusive game demos and that would of made everyone happy and excited + Horizon Zero Dawn going to PC is not going down to well with Loyal PlayStation Fans to(come on SONY don’t get like Microsoft and get to greedy) :D Anyway I can’t wait to get it but I reckon it will get delayed because of all this Virus stuff going on anyway :(

  • As a PlayStation fan since PS1, i dont know what to think about this, its normal for PlayStation to be less powerfull than Xbox, but not for this much if you compare all the specs its scary. The only good thing is the SSD, and its not even that great cmon… only 825gb? For a new gen? At least 2tb, i do love my exclusives, days gone, persona, hzd,gow,tlou,infamous, got, but i do like to play 3rd party games and i suppose XSX will perform better in that, plus the game pass is a complete win not this PSnow BS….my brain is in a complete mess right now, if you guys release the console with the same price as Xbox or even less 50€/$ or perhaps the PS3 all again…more expensive….. then im sorry but you guys are back in the PS3 era, a shot in the dark…one good thing i got from this is that i aint getting it day 1 ill just do like i did with PS4, and i can already see a PS5pro within 2-3years to milk the whales with the same product, Perhaps this next gen History will be made, and by that i mean Xbox winning a gen for the first time in 20y, not to mention all the studios Xbox bought to do their exclusives, 15 new studios…. wake up PlayStation, arent you the place to play?!

  • Can anyone confirm if the 825gb is total or if that’s indicative of 1tb and 175gb reserved?

    • Marketed 1TB equals 923 actual GBs.

      My guess is (at 99% cause i haven’t seen the console ofc) it will be 825GBs, actual 743GB minus a hundred or so for the OS, leaves us at around 650GB for our games and saves. Like the original 500GB PS4, only here we have better compression for the games (kraken vs zlib) and there won’t be any double artifacts in games cause no more HDDs, so i guess it would be like having a 1TB HDD.

    • I can go with that with the compression and no double artifacts. That’s some good points you raise. 825gb just seems a weird number since it’s not a nice even power of 2.

  • My problem with this presentation as it has been till now is they tell alot but showed nothing, it all can be great in words, but do it really translate as they are telling.

    A picture is worth a thousand words, why bother create a video telling what can be written in a blog post, if you can’t really show what are you talking about.

  • I really enjoyed this and I enjoy everything about the leaked ps5 dev kit and the specs make me hungry for more information I know this was for anyone and developers that wanted to and the ssd upgrade info really helped I don’t care what Xbox are doing for there marketing PlayStation in my goal always You have PS VR and that’s amazing you have a touch pad on your controller and speaker and a light bar I love the light bar eg: if your playing Grand Theft Auto V and your playing with but HUD and you get the police the light bar flashes red and blue also the speaker makes the game all that more better when the police dispatch each other they go into a lot of detail with that so I know you will do good just don’t let the ps5 sound like a jet engine (really loud) and don’t let the haters get to you hope you do great and make amazing sales

  • Great except for bandwidth. The PS4’s 176GB/s of bandwidth was impacted disproportionately by CPU access; the PS4Pro suffered against the XBoxOne X, more than the gap in raw TF’s would typically suggest, because of the disparity in bandwidth; the eDRAM of the PS2 had such high bandwidth that its tiny 4MB capacity could be worked around to provide us with marvels like Shadow of the Colossus.

    PlayStation has seen time and again the value of high bandwidth. Heck, the PS5’s SSD tech (which is very exciting) is testament to this. So why go cheap with 14gbps GDDR6 – and therefore 448GB/s – when the AMD 5700XT is bottlenecked? And that card faces such bottlenecks without CPU contention or ray tracing.

    18gbps GDDR6 and 576GB/s bandwidth would’ve been amazing, but probably far too expensive. 16gbps GDDR6 and 512GB/s bandwidth would’ve been a really satisfying middle ground. The decision to save a few tens of dollars on lower binned memory will bite you in the behind. Especially as ray tracing becomes more prominent throughout the generation.

    It’s a little bit frustrating because everything else is so completely excellent.

  • As others have posted,the Mark Cerny presentation was clearly GDC/Dev orientated,rather than a consumer one. This blog post probably does a better job summing things up….

    Would I like a XBSX style compatibility/ emulation for ps1-3 games & extras? Ideally yes for if/when my old consoles won’t boot up…but based on what was said,the ps4 compatibility modes should work-its just playing safe legally to say they need testing.

    Plugging in our ps4 external HDD & being able to play (via yr usual psn login), sounds painless enough if u don’t want to install it on the ssd.

    Longer term the ssd expansion options could prove cheaper vs the custom ssd chip of XBSX.

    Lots of customizations with both consoles this time…but Sony/Jim Ryan need to communicate a lot better than they have this week & listen to what their customer base wants & demonstrate they’re listening.

  • I’m sorry to say but since Jim Ryan took over, the communication has been beyond abysmal.

    Get SHAWN LAYDEN BACK before it’s too late.

    This tech reveal should have not seen the light of day imo.

    I’m not even talking about the specs which are clearly inferior to the competition but the fact that they could not even get backward compatibility right.

    Xbox series x will be compatible with every previous Gen and will add HDR support and maybe Ray tracing on xone games.

    Ps5 “we have 100 ps4 games that will work at launch” ??

    Once again Sony arrogance shows it’s ugly head.

    • 100 games that will *probably* work at launch. It’s a joke. Microsoft are making them look like clowns.

  • Since moving to pc I can see how much marketing sony spoonfeeds down people’s throats.. This is impressive for a console don’t get me wrong, But it is unfair to people who don’t know about tech, a 5gbps SSD is not next gen or groundbreaking… I’m sorry but this has been around for quite some time and in terms of “state of the art ultra fast solid state drives” This is honestly just a regular entry level SSD. Please do some research for yourself and educate yourselves slightly if you find yourself to be not very tech savvy, While you are giving a company like Sony your money.. There is nothing wrong with not being aware, I understand That. I’m just saying it woudlnt hurt to educate yourself whenever possible. Nevertheless going to be a good console!

    • Are you sure thouogh? Doing a quick search I found a state of art 1TB PCIE 4 M.2 SSD has a read speed of 5000 MB/s, which is than 5.5 GB/s, but it cost north of $200. Hence, indeed the PS5 SSD is even better than a state of art PC SSD for gaming, as read speed is what matters in gaming.

      P.S. link to the said state of art SSD: https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-MP600-Gen4-PCIe/dp/B07SQZYW2V/?tag=akshatblog198-20

    • I also thought this from the original comment. Typically affordable NVME SSDs run at around the 2Gb/s mark with the highest I’d seen just under 5Gb/s. Couple this fact that it’s custom to the console and has more custom silicon around it to maximise the throughput, it seems like comparing apples to pears.

    • When it comes to gaming, random read speed is often more important than sequential read speed. I’d be curious to know what the random read speed of the PS5 will be, and how much a comparable SSD would cost.

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