While the proof is often in the pudding in terms of seeing actual games run on the hardware, many people still put a lot of personal and mental investment in the hardware specs of a new gaming console. Sony has most definitely provided those details in the form of a presentation that offered a rather deep dive of the upcoming PlayStation 5’s specs.
In synopsis, the PS5 will feature a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture, with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD, which will reportedly provide faster load times overall to the tune of 2GB in 0.27 seconds. The GPU and CPU will also run at variable frequencies, diverting unused CPU power to the GPU and vice versa, though more technically demanding games may likely see the GPU and CPU not hit their top speeds. Sony’s lead system architect Mark Cerny said that downclocking effects should be minimal, however.
Speaking of Mark Cerny, he was the face of the reveal presentation, which was originally meant to be a developer-aimed showcase at this year’s GDC. As a result, the Wheatabix levels of dryness of the reveal likely came as a surprise to many gamers watching. That said, it’s perhaps almost better than having a stampede of hype men shrieking at the camera. Maybe.
With that information in mind, has your opinion about whether you’re getting a PS5 changed from the last time we talked about it? Let us know in the comments. And if you happened to miss the presentation, you can take in all of the packing styrofoam excitement in the embed.