Sony introduced PlayStation 5: the future is weaker than Xbox, but does it really matter?

As expected, Sony today revealed details about its upcoming game console of new generation PlayStation 5. The Japanese manufacturer did not stretch the announcement on several phases at once opened all specifications and details about it.

Based on the PlayStation 5 will lie custom AMD platform. The Central processor includes eight cores Zen 2 with a clock frequency of 3.5 GHz, which will dynamically change depending on load and temperature. That is, in cold areas the performance will be

higher. Note that the competitive Xbox Series X will be the same CPU, but with a slightly higher frequency to 3.8 GHz.

The graphics CPU new PS5 will include only 36 of execution units with the architecture of the AMD RDNA 2, which will give 2304 stream processors. GPU clock speed will be very high — up to 2230 MHz. True, the CPU and GPU can not simultaneously operating at the maximum frequency, but Sony promises that fluctuations will be negligible. As a result of theoretical GPU performance will be of 10.28 teraflops, and it will support hardware acceleration of ray tracing. Again, for comparison, a future Xbox will be similar GPU with only 52 units and a frequency of 1825 MHz, which will provide 12 teraflops.

The amount of VRAM in the consoles of the next generation will be the same — 16 GB GDDR6. This amount will be shared between the CPU and GPU. The new product will be used memory frequency of 1750 MHz and it will be connected through a 256-bit interface, which will provide bandwidth 448 GB/s. This is somewhat lower than of memory bandwidth in the Xbox Series X (up to 560 GB/s), but here the memory, it seems, are not separated.

And one of the most important innovations of the console Sony, which company already said before, is a solid state drive. PS5 got a custom 4.0 PCIe NVMe SSD 825 GB, which can provide a linear speed of 5.5 GB/s when transmitting raw data and up to 8-9 GB/s for compressed data. Sony notes that used a custom SSD controller with twelve channels of NAND. Recall that in the Xbox Series X used SSD 1 TB with a speed of 2.4/4.8 GB/s.

New console Sony will support the work with external hard drives, and will allow you to use SSDs from other manufacturers. This will allow users time to upgrade their system and expand storage capacity as needed. Still, the modern game does take a lot of space. However, you will need a drive with a speed of at least 5.5 GB/s, which can only give a model with PCIe 4.0.

Sony also indicates the backward compatibility of the new console with old games. PlayStation 5 will have the ability to run games developed for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. It is noted that the old games will run quite successfully with external hard drives. Finally, there is support for the console PS5 surround sound based on some proprietary algorithms and equipment, which will provide a stronger dip.

No cost or specific release date PlayStation 5 at the moment were not named.


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