The release of the PS5


Noah Kincaid, news

The PS5 is the successor to the PS4 and next-gen console from Sony Interactive Entertainment.  This generation is launching with two units.  Previous Sony consoles were released 6-7 years apart: PlayStation(1994), PlayStation 2(2000), PlayStation 3(2006) and PlayStation 4(2013); and, now, the PlayStation 5 in November 2020.  Like Microsoft, Sony is actually selling two versions of its upcoming next-generation console.  For $499.99, you can buy a PS5 with a 4K Blu-ray drive.  But for $100 less, at $399.99, you can buy the Digital Edition PS5 (which also looks noticeably thinner than its more expensive sibling).  Unlike Microsoft, the only thing that differentiates those two versions is which console has a disk drive and how much each one costs.  The PS5 is powered by a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and a custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based GPU that will provide 10.28 teraflops of raw graphical power.  The console also uses variable frequencies on both the PS5’s CPU and GPU, which could theoretically push the graphics to run slightly faster than when the CPU isn’t running at peak.  It has 825GB of storage and 5.5GB/s of throughput – which could be fast enough to let game developers build levels without things like elevator rides or winding corridors that actually mask levels loading in the background.  You should know, though, that some of the 825GB of storage space is used up by system data, though, meaning that you actually have 667.2GB of usage space.  And the ever growing size of games means that you might fill up that usable space quickly.  The PS5 supports up to 8K output and promises 4K graphics at up to a 120Hz refresh rate.  The console’s improved horsepower also means that you can expect to see ray tracing, which can lead to more realistic effects in game environments like reflections in windows.  The PS5 also supports 3D audio, which Sony said will let you “see with sound” in a commercial shared in August.