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Guide: PS5 Digital Console Vs PS5 Standard Disc Console – What’s The Difference?

PS5 digital vs disc, PS5 Digital Vs Standard – As we now know Sony have announced that there will be not one, but two PlayStation 5 consoles launching this holiday season. We have the PlayStation 5 digital and the PlayStation 5 standard – but what are the differences? Well, that’s what we’re here for, so to broaden our total PS5 guide, we’ll be going through the differences between the standard PS5 console and the PS5 digital console.

PS5 Digital Console Vs PS5 Standard Console – What’s The Difference?


The biggest difference between the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is price. The standard PS5 retails at $499/£449, while the PS5 Digital Edition retails for $399/£359.

The other big difference that we know of so far is that the PS5 digital console will not have a disc drive. As such, this will affect you in the following ways:

  • You will not be able to purchase and use physical copies of PlayStation 5 games
  • If you have a PS4 physical game that can be upgraded to a PS5 version, this can only be used on the physical console; so you’ll lose out on the upgrade (unless you own a PS4 digital copy)
  • Any disc based PlayStation 4 games that you have will not work on the PS5 digital console
  • The lack of a disc drive in the PS5 digital will mean that the console ‘could’ run quieter – though confirmation is required here

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As such, a direct comparison between the two PlayStation 5 consoles currently looks like this:

PlayStation 5 Standard PlayStation 5 Digital
CPU8x AMD Zen 2 Cores running at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency)
8x AMD Zen 2 Cores running at 3.5GHz
(variable frequency)
GPUAMD GPU @ 10.28 Teraflops
36 Compute Units at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
AMD GPU @ 10.28 Teraflops
36 Compute Units at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
GPU ArchitectureCustom AMD RDNA 2
w/ hardware Ray Tracing support
Custom AMD RDNA 2
w/ hardware Ray Tracing support
Memory16GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s448GB/s
Internal StorageCustom 825GB NVMe SSD SolutionCustom 825GB NVMe SSD Solution
IO Throughput5.5GB/s (Raw),
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
5.5GB/s (Raw),
8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable StorageNVMe SSD Slot (Proprietary SSD cartridges)NVMe SSD Slot (Proprietary SSD cartridges)
External StorageUSB 2.0, 3.0 HDD SupportUSB 2.0, 3.0 HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive (100GB optical media support)None
HDMI2.1 (4K Resolution @ 120Hz, 8K Resolution, Variable Rate Shading)2.1 (4K Resolution @ 120Hz, 8K Resolution, Variable Rate Shading)
Backwards compatibilityPlayStation 4 discs + digitalPS4 digital ONLY
Price$499, £449$399, £359

We hope that you’ve found this guide useful! Stay tuned as we update this guide over the coming days, weeks and months.