This post will be updated as things break for the PlayStation 5 heading into its reveal later this year. We've heard some details recently about the Radeon RX 3080 XT that should be of note as an indicator of performance from Navi. AMD is weeks away from releasing its new Zen 2 architecture on 7nm with new CPUs announced at Computex 2019, while Radeon Navi GPUs will be detailed at E3 2019.
I've been waiting my entire life for this moment. The moment when consoles finally catch up to PCs after they were upended by Microsoft itself to almost sabotage the world of PC gaming with the original Xbox. At first it was really just a PC built into a custom console that Microsoft built with the heart of the 'X' being DirectX(box), get it?
From then on in it became an onslaught of changing media with the PS2 really cementing in as the champion of the console space at the time and for many years after with 158 million PlayStation 2 consoles sold so far. Sony mis-stepped with the PS3 (if you want me to go into more detail let me know and I will write an update on another page) while the PS4 became the champion of the current-gen console race.
Sony has sold over 91 million PS4s at the time of writing so with over 250 million combined PlayStation sales in the last two generations, we have to expect only the best in the PlayStation 5 because the gaming division of the company is one of the most, and sometimes only profitable division of the company. The next PlayStation is the most important PlayStation release, ever.
Quick Specs: PS5
Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 is expected to have some wicked high-end specs when compared to current-gen consoles and even some good gaming PCs, with a custom-made Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU both from AMD on the new 7nm node. We'll go over the individual aspects of the PS5 in the next few pages but if you want the skinny on the PS5 in a nutshell, here you go:
CPU - AMD custom Zen 2 chip with 8C/16T on 7nm
GPU - AMD custom Navi chip with ~13TFLOPs (RX Vega 64 level)
RAM: 24GB GDDR6 (20GB @ 880GB/sec) and 4GB for OS
Storage: Ultra-fast SSD (1TB/sec+)
We can also expect some next-level audio technology inside of the PS5 and ray tracing of some sort, both of which I'll go into detail later on in the article.
What Else Can The PS5 Do?
Apart from monstrous hardware upgrades thanks to AMD's custom Zen 2 and Navi chips on 7nm, we can expect other things like a next-gen PlayStation VR headset and new audio abilities. We are told to expect an AMD-built custom audio solution for 3D audio for the PS5 that PlayStation architect Mark Cerny says will deliver the next generation of audio to the PlayStation 5.
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