PS4 is almost five years old now, and it’s at that age where talk moves to ‘what’s next?’ for Sony, especially in light of their recent cancelling of the E3 2019 briefing this year. Well, if these PS5 specs are even halfway close to being true then it’s looking good – especially for players looking forward to PSVR 2.
There’s been the odd murmur of dev kits for PlayStation 5 being handed out to developers, and now it appears we might have the first look at some of the PS5 specs for the next generation console.
Now while the site (SemiAccurate) that claim to have the PS5 specifications has some credibility with its previous console spec leaks (the Nintendo Switch and PS4), it is certainly no guarantee of this being accurate or indeed true. Even so, there is a some plausibility in the information.
Updated – 18/01/19 – AMD PS5 CPU Leak
PS5 Specs – AMD Navi, AMD Zen, PSVR 2, GPU, CPU, Memory
The main takeaways from the information (which is otherwise behind a professional level subscription that costs $1000) are as follows.
- PS5 will use AMD’s Navi as its base architecture. It does not specifically use Navi though.
- The PS5 CPU will be Zen-based. In early 2019, AMD aims to release the Zen 2 chipset – so it’ll be interesting to see what version of that chip features in the PS5.
- Large amount of PS5 devkits have apparently gone out (which has been previously reported, but unconfirmed).
- The article’s author suggests 2018 release of PS5 is not out of the question based on the amount of devkits released. Obviously, now that we’re in 2019, we know that isn’t the case any longer. That said, if PS5 launches later this year, or even in early 2020, we’d expect an announcement shortly either way.
- PS5 will have VR “goodies” baked in at the silicon level. That would be a smart move if Sony want to blend PSVR 2 into the PS5 from the start. We would look for much higher resolution and higher detail PSVR games, coupled with new room-scale VR games and apps similar to what HTC Vive user currently enjoy.
- Though it isn’t confirmed, we’d expect the PS5 to at least match the current PS4 Pro’s 8GB of GDDR5 memory. It is likely however, that not only will the PS5 double it, but that Sony’s next generation console will use a new type of memory too.
18/01/19 – AMD PS5 CPU Leak
The plot thickens!
On 18/01/19, a tweet from a respected Japanese tech blogger was released which purportedly lay claim to the discovery of the internal code reference that AMD have assigned to the PS5 CPU.
Most enticingly, the CPU that is being referenced is an SM-enabled Zen+ core that runs sixteen threads of processing power at 3.2Ghz. To better frame that, the PS5’s CPU will be more than 1Ghz faster than the CPU found in the PS4 Pro and it’ll have twice the number of processing threads – easily outstripping any of the CPUs in today’s consoles.
With the technical bottleneck of the PS4 and PS4 Pro (and also the Xbox One and Xbox One X) being the rapidly ageing Jaguar CPU array that all those consoles share, PS5 looks to be on track to completely refresh the CPU dynamic for the next generation of consoles.
PS5 – Backwards Compatibility, 4K Visuals at 60FPS?
Again, this is purely a rumour at this stage, but it’s hard to ignore given previous spec information released by SemiAccurate and the recent AMD CPU leak has been proven true. At the very least, and looking at the current capabilities of the PS4 Pro, we’d look for PS5 to provide 4K visuals at 60 FPS at a minimum.
Ultimately, it’s not hard, however, to believe Sony is looking to the next step in its console division. The PS4 has already far surpassed expectations, and sales are surely reaching a plateau sooner rather than later – something Sony has surely realised by cancelling both last years traditional PSX and this year’s E3 showings.
It might be alarming to think a new PlayStation console could be coming sooner rather than later, but if it does then you’d have to hope Sony have Backwards Compatibility right out of the gate; especially given the competition from Microsoft’s own formidable backwards compatibility program.
Additionally, one would hope that the higher processing horsepower of the new machine could be put to use in improving current PS4 titles. Imagine what God of War would look like running in native 4K at 60 frames per second? The mind boggles.
What do you think of these PS5 specs? Think there’s any truth in them? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime we’ll keep this page updated as soon as we know more – so stay tuned.
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