PS5 – Play Station 5 Concept – Specifications – 2019

PS5 specs

  • CPU – the PS5 CPU will be an AMD chip based on Ryzen. 8x cores; 7nm Zen 2.
  • GPU and ray tracing – the PS5 GPU will be a custom AMD Navi GPU, that supports ray tracing.
  • Audio – the PS5 will have 3D Audio that Mark Cerny believes will be “dramatically different” to PS4 audio.
  • Storage – the PS5 will have an SSD (solid state drive) which uses the new PCIe 4.0 connection. Cerny gave the example of a 0.8 second loading time, compared to 15 seconds, when tested on Marvel’s Spider-Man.
  • Resolution support – the PS5 will have up to 8K support, presumably including full 4k.

PS5 features: backwards compatibility and physical vs. digital

  • The PS5 will support backwards compatibility – with seemingly all PS4 games, as it’s “based in part on the PS4’s architecture”.
  • The PS5 won’t be digital-only – physical media, such as the current form of discs, will still be supported.
  • Some games will likely release on both PS4 and PS5 at first – Wired speculated on Death Stranding being one example, based on Cerny’s notably “pregnant pause” when asked.
  • The PS5 will have some form of cloud functionality – “we are cloud-gaming pioneers,” Cerny told Wired, “our vision should become clear as we head toward launch.”
  • PS5 PSVR support has been confirmed, with the current headset at least.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 is entirely possible as a current generation game, but there’s a chance it could also release on PS5 and whatever the next Xbox is, too.
  • Countless yearly franchises, live service games and popular apps. Will FIFA, Call of Duty and Madden be coming to PS5? Almost certainly. Fortnite on PS5? It’s possible. Netflix? We reckon so. Of course we won’t hear anything for a while yet about confirmed PS5 games, so this is all our guesswork on what is possible.

If a PS5 release date of 2020 is suggested, then there’s still a lot to learn before it finally arrives. Though Sony won’t have a E3 2019 conference, it’s possible that’s where we’ll hear more about the status of next-gen games – including those on the PS5.


PS5 Release dates and price

No official confirmation regarding the PS5 release date or price, but it’s not going to be cheap.

It may cost between R5 000 and R7 000, while Tech Radar wants to crush your dreams even further with a price range of R7 000 to R9 000 +/-

It’s even harder to pin down an official release date as Sony won’t be showcasing the console at E3 2019.

The truest shred of information we have is Sony saying that it will not launch during the next 12 months. A mid-November 2020 release will keep in line with the previous three console releases.


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