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Sony unveils the PlayStation 5’s specs

Sony has finally announced the specs of its upcoming PlayStation 5 console.

The PS5 uses an 8-core AMD Zen 2 processor, custom RDNA 2 GPU which produces up to 10.28 teraflops with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM.

To put that into perspective, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X uses the same custom AMD chip but their CPU produces up to 12 teraflops.

There’s also a next-gen custom SSD that has an IO Throughput of 5.5GB/s (Raw) and Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed). The console also comes with an NVMe SSD slot, USB HDD support and a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive.

The SSD in the PS5 should help make load times a thing of the past to that it’s almost instantaneous.

One feature of the PS5 that Sony is touting is 3D audio, which essentially creates a 7.1 digital surround sound. The Tempest Engine on PS5 will help deliver a high-quality sound experience.

An example that lead system architect, Mark Cerney gave was simulating the sound of rain in games, he tells Eurogamer, “In games today, rain is a simple, single sound. With the Tempest Engine, PlayStation 5 aims to engender the feeling of actually being in the middle of the shower by simulating the sound of individual raindrops hitting the ground around you.”

While Microsoft has come out swinging with the Xbox Series X, especially showing off hardware, Sony has still yet to unveil the PS5 console itself.

We do know the PS5 will support ray-tracing and 8K video output and come with a DualShock 5 controller with USB-C and adaptive L2/R2 triggers.

The PlayStation 5 is set to launch this holiday alongside the Xbox Series X.

Source: Sony, Digital Foundry (Eurogamer)


By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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