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PlayStation 5 Specs Revealed - CPU, GPU, SSD, More

PlayStation 5 Specs Revealed - CPU, GPU, SSD, More - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 March 2020 / 5,631 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment system architect Mark Cerny has officially unveiled the specs for their next generation console, the PlayStation 5.

The PlayStation 5 uses an AMD Zen 2 CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads with a clock speed of up to 3.5GHz each. The PS5 uses a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU that features 10.28 teraflops of peak computing performance. The console also featured 16GB GDDR6 memory, an 825GB SSD, 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive, and support for a USB HDD.

Read the breakdown of the PlayStation 5 hardware specs from Digital Foundry below:

From the gamer's perspective, we know from our audience that there's an almost rabid hunger for the core technical specifications of the PlayStation 5 processor - and thanks to this presentation, we now know much more about the custom AMD processor at the heart of PlayStation 5. In truth, though, Cerny's focus in his presentation is more about the experience delivered by key features such as the SSD storage and the new Tempest audio engine - which is truly exciting stuff - but the anticipation level for the spec is such that this is where we'll start.

On a basic level, we already know that PlayStation 5 uses AMD's excellent Zen 2 CPU technology with prior communications confirming eight physical cores and 16 threads - but now we know how fast they are clocked, with PS5 delivering frequencies up to 3.5GHz. Discussing the nature of CPU and GPU clock speeds is going to require some careful explanation because Cerny actually described frequencies as being 'capped'. For the CPU, 3.5GHz is at the top end of the spectrum, and he also suggests that this is the typical speed - but under certain conditions, it can run slower.

Sony's customised version of the AMD RDNA 2 GPU features 36 compute units running at frequencies that are capped at 2.23GHz, effectively delivering 10.28TF of peak compute performance. However, again, while 2.23GHz is the limit and also the typical speed, it can drop lower based on the workloads being demanded of it. PS5 uses a boost clock then - and we'll explain that presently - but equally importantly, it's important to remember that performance from an RDNA compute unit far outstrips a PS4 or PS4 Pro equivalent, based on an older architecture.

In fact, the transistor density of an RDNA 2 compute unit is 62 per cent higher than a PS4 CU, meaning that in terms of transistor count at least, PlayStation 5's array of 36 CUs is equivalent to 58 PlayStation 4 CUs. And remember, on top of that, those new CUs are running at well over twice the frequency.

Thanks Eurogamer.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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33 Comments

OTBWY (on 18 March 2020)

With so many proprietary parts included, I can't imagine this being lower than 450..

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DonFerrari (on 18 March 2020)

Ahmad estimated BOM of 450, so with 50-100 loss should be feasible to sell by 450.

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WoodenPints (on 18 March 2020)

Variable frequency on GPU/CPU? Did they just inflate the specs whilst the actual performance will be lower than that.

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tripenfall (on 19 March 2020)

Yep... Sony always do this. Remember the rubber ducks demo? What about the claim the PS2 could launch an intercontinental missile?

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DonFerrari (on 19 March 2020)

Eeeerrrr PS2 chip was installed on intercontinental missile.

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JON0 (on 18 March 2020)

In terms of specs, next gen is going to be a lot closer than i thought. As it should be, it'll be the games/services that decide how this generation will go. The only thing i see changing this gen, is a lot more people buying an Xbox console due to services such as gamepass. Hopefully Spencer can keep his promises on more first party exclusives, but also remember quality>quantity every time. I doubt much will change with Sony this next generation.. High quality first party games, cheaper price compared to series x. I still feel like we're going to see backwards compatibilty for 1/2/3/4 on PS5, though i don't expect to see full support for PS3 games, not at launch anyway. I do wonder how Sony will approach PC gamers in the future, though.

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Chazore (on 18 March 2020)

I imagine Sony will just do what they've done with HZD, as in port a game 3-4 years later, while MS carries on doing day 1 releases with both. I still see Sony as being more committed to their hw than another platform, while MS feels they need to commit to both, in case they lose out on one side.

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The Fury (on 18 March 2020)

Current OS of PS4 takes up a fair amount of HD space, hopefully this doesn't take up too much but the extra SSD slot will make upgrading a lot easier. Looks good. Shame we aren't seeing more games related stuff. The reveal of PS4 was a spectacle, this time it's just "here's some info".

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Diogo (on 18 March 2020)

I remember the Playstation 4 announcement being way more vague than this. If I'm not mistaken, it was a powerpoint presentation about the 8GB memory ram and not much.

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The Fury (on 18 March 2020)

Pretty sure they did a live stream, here: #https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiNGZMx2vhY# but alas. MAybe they will later.

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SanAndreasX (on 18 March 2020)

The only big spectacle I remember about the PS4 reveal was Sony trolling Microsoft about requiring an always-active Internet connection to use the X1 and not allowing game-sharing without a lot of needlessly convoluted steps. Oh, and reveals for FF7R and Shenmue 3. Otherwise both reveals were decidedly "meh."

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DonFerrari (on 18 March 2020)

SanAndreas you are mixing february reveal with E3 and also mixing year of E3s.

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Zenos (on 18 March 2020)

Not including at least 1TB of SSD is a weird decision. Perhaps they are aiming at a $400 price tag.

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Radek (on 18 March 2020)

With 10.3 Tflops instead of 12 and smaller SSD they are for sure aiming for $399 again.

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DonFerrari (on 18 March 2020)

It was explained, PS5 SSD 12 controllers and 5.5 speed would be a match foor 825 and it is a custom chip so Sony didn't need to go for 1Tb being more expensive for no better result on their projection

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Azzanation (on 19 March 2020)

Well this explains why Xbox was over confident on there details. They knew what Sony were doing. Either way both quite powerful consoles.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

Overly confident? I think they were appropriately confident. It also make sense for MS to do some marketing while Sony is staying quiet.

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Azzanation (on 19 March 2020)

MS came out the gate hard and fast because they knew they had the spec advantage. Sony would have done the same except they kept quiet as they probably didnt expect the Series X specs.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

I certainly feel MS wanted to talk specs due to their advantage. I think giving details first has made them a focus, so its good marketing.

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Otter (on 18 March 2020)

It may very launch at the same price as Xbox Series X, I think people are a bit obsessed with the numbers at the moment if they think sony need to undercut MS. What we see in terms of games (third party) will likely be almost identical (smaller gap then PS4/Xbox One), first party wise if sony ditch PS4 for some core titles they may very well outshine MS who are commited to cross gen. They've certainly got the more proven devs (technically speaking)

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SanAndreasX (on 18 March 2020)

I'm betting Sony has been trying to patch things up between Konami and Kojima so they can have MGS 6 or Silent Hill as a PS5 launch title.

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hush404 (on 18 March 2020)

Interesting "Deep Dive" that. It'll be interesting to see the machine in action and showing off some games. It's hard for most to get excited over tech jargon, it's the games that will sell a system, not how cool it's innards are.

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Radek (on 18 March 2020)

It will be $399 for sure with these specs. Good compromise, at least it's not 9.2.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

At a loss I assume both can hit $399.

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tripenfall (on 19 March 2020)

The variable GPU frequency means that the 10.28 TFLOPS is kind of a "boost"mode and not the standard. I think 9.2 TFLOPS is about what you can expect from the system consistently.

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KazumaKiryu (on 19 March 2020)

God of War 2, Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and new PS5-Games are Grafik-Reference then, thats sure.

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Mr Puggsly (on 19 March 2020)

It's nice to get the specs stuff out of the way. Wish they had some tech demos or upgraded PS4 games though, just to give an idea of what they're achieving with the new specs.

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DonFerrari (on 18 March 2020)

I was happy with the presentation and features.

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Immersiveunreality (on 19 March 2020)

Same here,people also forget that higher specs do not mean anything without pushing games to the limits of what can be achieved with them and purely focussing on the PR surrounding the focus of both platforms in the next few years i could assume that PS5 will still get the better looking/improved games.

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EricHiggin (on 19 March 2020)

People's expectations were way out of check. Though the tweet wasn't the most clear as to what exactly was going to be shown. Still, expectations were too high and too vast. SNY has plenty of time to show everything they've got, and they have a worthy competitor this time, so they need to be more strategic and spread things out so they can go tit for tat with info drops all the way until launch.

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alexxonne (on 18 March 2020)

Assuming my cheap calculations
If the PS5 GPU would had 42 CU or clocked at 2,670mhz, it could have achieved 12TFlops similar to Xbox series X.
If the PS5 GPU were to have 52 CU as Xbox series X then it would have 14.82 Tflops.
By contrast if XBox series X GPU were to be clocked similar to the PS5 GPU 2.23Ghz (2,283.5 Mhz ), then it would had 14.44 Tflops.

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