Although many still feel that PS4 and Xbox One are the next-gen, let’s not forget that it’s been 7 years since their releases. The life cycle of the current generation has already come to an end. And with a cycle that closes, another begins: Sony presents its card to the next-gen with the PS5. Until now the types of PlayStations have been very reserved with the information from their new console, as there is still some data that remains unknown, but at least the hardware data can already be seen.
At the presentation, we were finally able to learn about its futuristic design, the design of its controls and we got to know some new peripherals that we can use with the PS5. The information was very concise and the focus was on the games that were announced for the next generation console.
Let’s take a look at what we know about the PS5 so far.
The classic game console rivalry
For decades, the arena of high-performance gaming consoles has had only two competitors: Sony and Microsoft. We know that with the arrival of a new console from one of these two, the other does not take long to respond. A few months ago we were able to find out some information about the PS5’s next rival, the Xbox Series X, as well as its design. In all these years of arduous competition, for the first time, the designs of both enemy consoles are so different and point to very separate concepts.
In terms of hardware and performance, the difference has not been abysmal. The key factor that determines the choice of many over one console over the other is one: the exclusives. At the end of the day it is a matter of taste, and which titles the user does not want to miss Sacrificing masterpiece. The Last of Us when choosing Xbox, or missing out on the mythical Halo saga of preferring a PlayStation, is a decision to be considered.
This is PlayStation 5
The emissary in charge of giving us the expected data was Mark Cerny during the presentation on June 11. The presentation was scheduled to be part of the GDC, which was not carried out due to Covid-19. Sony did not skimp on the hardware power, as we could see. The PlayStation 5 is powered by an 8-core Zen 2 CPU at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) accompanied by a GPU of 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) in an RDNA 2 architecture.
Its RAM will be 16-core 16 GB GDDR6 with an interface of 256bits. Its memory bandwidth will have 448GB/s while those that accompany the machine will be 825 GB of SSD storage. On the other hand, transferring 5.5GB/s and averaging 8-9GB/s (Comprimed).
It’s reported that it can now load 2 GB of data within 1/4 of a second; thus, PlayStation 5 can load 16 GB of RAM in just two seconds. A PS4 ‘s current bandwidth is 50-100 MB per second, making the difference 100 times greater in the order (now 5.5 GB per second).
There will be backward compatibility, but only up to PS4
The most demanded feature from Sony users was backward compatibility, and in the months leading up to the official announcement, there were many rumors that this new PlayStation will be able to run games up to PS1. However, Cerny when talking about this topic only said that there is a list of 100 best PS4 games that may be compatible, from the day of release. The full list is not yet known and nothing was said about games of the PS3 and its younger siblings. The only option, until now, to enjoy the PlayStation classics is through PS Now.
Some of the games that are known to be available on PS5 and were announced are Resident Evil Village, GTA V, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Hitman 3, and others.
We saw the new DualShock that we will now call DualSense, which had a large aesthetic change compared to other generation jumps. Besides, we met the new Sony peripherals as a station to charge the DualSense, wireless headphones, an HD camera, and a media remote. Also, we will have two versions, a classic with an optical reader and another digital edition that will lack it.
Its price and exact release date are still unknown, but the PS5 is rumored to be available for Christmas 2020.