PlayStation 5’s system architecture unveiled

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Date:19 March 2020 Author: Adrian Brown Tags:,

Gamers across the world are waiting in excited anticipation as Sony’s Playstation 5 (PS5) is set to release between October and December 2020. On 18 March, new details about the hardware and technical specs of the next-gen PlayStation were revealed.

“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,” said PlayStation in a blog post.

Mark Cerny, lead system architect for PS5, said that the purpose of developing PS5’s ultra-high-speed SSD and integrated custom I/O system was to remove barriers to play. Loading screens were specifically kept in mind here. The increased speed gives developers more scope to create without limitations and “also allows gamers to spend more time gaming than waiting.”

For better resolution, there is additional GPU power and for increased realism in the visuals PS5 uses ray tracing technology, which simulates the way light moves in real life. The PS5 will also feature 3D audio, and will allow for backwards compatibility – with the top 100 PS4 titles (as ranked by play time) expected to be playable on PS5.

Here is the full, official list of PS5 specs:

Gamers are impressed, but many still claim that the the new Xbox console (Xbox Series X) is superior this time around. The Xbox Series X was revealed weeks ago.

Here is a comparison of the tech in both consoles:

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The PlayStation versus Xbox debate is always heated, and loyalists for each console fight for their preferred machine as the online sparring ensues.

Here’s what people are saying:









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