PS5 Specs Review

There are lots of questions that have been asked about the PlayStation 5, some of which are; when is the PlayStation 5 coming out? What specs is the PlayStation 5 going to come with? Will it support ps4 games? Will it run games in 1460 without upscaling? Will Sony introduce a new PSVR, so many questions so grab some snacks sit back and enjoy.



When is the PlayStation 5 going to be released?

I think this is what most of you care about the most, well the original PlayStation PS1 came out in 1994 and six years later in 2000 the PS2 was released and then six more years later in 2006, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 and then seven years later in 2013, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4. So it seems that Sony has a preference for releasing a new console every six or seven years, so in theory, the PlayStation 5 should be released in either 2019 or 2020. However, something very surprising and unexpected happened in 2016 when Sony unveiled and released the PlayStation 4 pro only three years after the PS4 and the PS4 Pro was, in fact, a brand new console because it came with a new design, a brand new design, updated specs. So because of this, the PS 5 is either going to be released in 2020. So seven years after the original PS4 came out or possibly even in 2021. Now Sony's PlayStation Leader Shane Layden confirmed that a PlayStation 5 is already in development, so that's some amazing news, PS 5 confirmed but he didn't specify the release date, unfortunately. Now Damian Tong, however, he's an analyst who correctly predicted the PS4 Pro and also the PS4 slim in 2016. He said that the PS 5 would actually arrive in the second half of 2018, so this year, essentially, which would be awesome over some other analysts. They pointed towards 2020 as a release date for the PS 5 and honestly this is what I believe personally to be the case as well, since the PS4 was released not six years but actually seven years after the PS3 came out, so I don't see the PS 5 being released any time sooner than seven years after the PS4, especially considering that a PS4 Pro came out and mid-cycle, so seven years would be exactly in 2020. Essentially, which would mean a possible 2019 unveil at E3 in June, or if not 2020 unveil and release.

So I've talked about the release date and now what about the performance, how powerful and what specs is the piece of PS5 going to come with? Well, if you take a look at a PS3 that came out in 2006, when it was released it was actually the world's most powerful console at the time; however, the PS3 actually came with quite a unique processor. It was a Cell processor, a Cell processor architecture, which developers had some really serious issues developing games for at first and because of that cross-platform games looked actually significantly better on the Xbox360 during the first few years, rather than on the ps3. However, first-party titles launched a few years later so exclusives, those games looked outstanding since the developers got better at developing apps and games for the Cell processor, and essentially those games were actually using almost 100 % of the PS3 performance. So they looked outstanding when compared to you know cross-platform games that actually looked better on the Xbox 360. Then the PS3, even though the PS3 was more powerful but then the PS4 was quite of a different story, so it actually came with a more modern AMD processor and actually the architecture was x86 64 instead of that old cell architecture. So essentially, developing games for the PS4 was the same as developing games for a standard PC and same with same as with a PS3. The PS4 was still the world's most powerful console at launch, so yeah it was awesome. Console games were significantly easier to develop for and then when a PS4 Pro was released the whole idea essentially that Sony had behind the ps4 Pro was that they wanted to make a console for people who had a 4k monitor or a 4k television. And yes, the ps4 Pro that supports the 4k resolution and some games actually run at 4k. But that's like less than 10 games, so none of them actually run in true 4k. The majority of the games actually use a technique called checkerboarding. So essentially, the PS4 Pro render is a low-resolution image such as 1080p or sometimes if you are lucky 1440p and then analyzes the missing pixels for a 4k image based on the existing pixels already in the image and fills in the missing pixels, essentially by approximation. So, even though a checkerboard at 1440p image won't be as sharp as 4k as true 4k, it's actually really close. Now, the piece for pro can, by the way, do true 4k 60 in some games, but those are like just a few games such as The Last of Us or wipeouts, the new wipeout remastered, but keep in mind that those games are actually PS3 games remaster for a PS4, so they are, not even current gen games - that's why they can actually run in true 4k 60. Now the Xbox one X is a much more powerful console than the PS4 Pro, so this was released by Microsoft as their answer to Sony's Pro essentially and the X can do true 4k 60 in quite a few more games than the PS4 Pro can, such as 4 to 7 for example but not much. Other than that so long story short a PS4 pro and the Xbox One X, even though they do have the power to be next-generation consoles kind of they are not, simply because all the games that work on the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, they also work on the original Xbox One and PS4 as well. So essentially, those consoles are being held back or being held back by the PS4 and the Xbox One. But the PlayStation 5 is going to be a completely new generation of consoles, which means that we'll see PlayStation 5 exclusive games which will take full advantage of the new hardware and will be made just for the PS 5 from the beginning. So you'll see discs with PS 5 rather than you know PS4 games that work on a PS4 and a PS4 Pro.

So what about the actual specs? So in terms of the CPU, the Xbox 1x actually uses a custom-made 8 core 2.3 gigahertz CPU made by AMD. Now most likely, the PS 5 is still going to come with an AMD processor, just like the PS4 products custom made of course. Now in terms of the RAM, the Xbox One X comes with 12 gigabytes of gddr5 memory, so possibly 16 gigabytes of gddr5 on the PS 5 in terms of the GPU. The PS4 Pro actually uses an AMD Polaris based GPU with 4.12 teraflops Of GPU compute power and 218 gigabytes per second memory bandwidth. Now the Xbox One actually uses something pretty similar. So it's still a custom-made AMD GPU still Polaris based but it comes with a much higher memory bandwidth of 326 gigabytes per second, and also six teraflops of GPU compute power. So this is actually pretty similar to an AMD 580 GPU and it's actually really close in performance through gtx 1060 - so not bad. So the PlayStation 5 will most probably continue Sony's partnership with AMD. An article posted by tweak town shows an interesting conversation that a writer had with an anonymous source from Sony and that source said that a PS 5 will not feature an APU like the Xbox One X, but most likely a dedicated GPU. So, yes, you expect to see a custom-made Vega GPU or a future architecture with a DM 2 memory. And finally, something which I do hope is coming with a PS 5 is an SSD honestly, an SSD to speed up the low times. So the PS4 problem not sure how many of you notice, but PS4 pro do support SATA 3. But even if you do use an SSD on the PS4 Pro, you won't be getting the exact same speeds you would on a PC. So, instead of getting up to 600 megabytes per second which is what SATA 3 supports - you actually get up to about 150, which is a well surprising difference. So this is because there's not enough bandwidth allocated to the SATA connection, so I do see this being fixed with a PS 5 with the more powerful processors. So hopefully this is fixed with a PS 5, I'm not counting on it, but hopefully, we'll get much better speeds when it comes to SSDs in the PS 5. So a full SSD out of the box would, of course, be amazing, but a hybrid drive for more storage is most likely going to be a case as a hybrid drive or SSH is essentially the best of both worlds. Obviously, I don't think anyone would prefer having a PS 5 with 256 gigabytes of storage, rather than a PS 5 with 2 terabytes and a hybrid drive. So this is most likely going to be a case.

A fleece little controller is most likely going to be the standard when it comes to a charging port and speaking of a controller. Yes, there is going to be a brand new redesigned, PS 5 controller just as expected, but we don't know any details on that yet so it's probably going to be a much higher quality controller, as at the moment the Xbox One X controller. It does feel a bit more premium than the PS4 pro but are in a more premium material. I'm not sure what to expect from the PS 5 controller because if you take a look at a PS3 versus the PS4 controller, the PS4 controller was a massive change over the PS3 one. So I don't think big changes are coming through controller, because the PS4 one is really good, but more premium materials and a more premium feel is something which I think is definitely needed, and then when it comes to the actual design of the PS 5 we don't know exactly how this is going to look like, because the design hasn't been finalized yet. But if you take a look at a PS3, PS4, and a PS4 Pro, they all have a really interesting design, a much better design, at least in my opinion, than the original Xbox One. Now an Xbox One X and the Xbox One S, especially in white; they look amazing much better than the PS4 Pro and the PS4, so the PS 5 do expect to see an interesting design rather than a blocky boxy design that Microsoft usually goes for in the Xbox.

Now, let's say that you get a PS5 and you still want to play your old PS4 games. So will the PS 5 be backward compatible with a PS4 and the PS4 pro games, since you know the PS4 games wasn't actually compatible with PS3 games unless he used PS now, which was essentially streaming your games off of Sony's PS3 servers and the graphics quality wasn't that great anyway? Well, probably yes, because if you take a look at a PS 5, it's going to run on the exact same CPU architecture as the PS4 and the PS4 Pro currently runs on x86 64, which means that PS4 and the PS4 pro games should be compatible right out of the box with a PS 5, but no don't expect any patches for the PS 5. Since this would require quite a lot of extra work from the developers which in the end would cost money.

Speaking of money, how much is the PS 5 going to cost how expensive or how cheap is this thing going to be? Well, if you take a look at the Xbox One X, yes which is the world's most expensive console at the moment, starting at five hundred dollars or four hundred and fifty pounds in UK versus The PS4 Pro, which starts at four hundred dollars or three hundred and fifty pounds in the UK, which is exactly the same price. Well, essentially, Sony even stated that the sole purpose why they haven't made the PS4 Pro more powerful was because of the cost and the form factor, they wanted to keep the costs low and they also wanted to keep the PS4 Pro in a thoroughly compact and small form factor. They didn't want to turn this into a gaming PC size, for example. Now I would personally always take performance over a cost so I would love to see what Sony could put into a let's say a $ 1,000 PlayStation 5 because here's the thing consoles are actually holding PC games back. I'm not sure how many of you noticed, but most games are actually developed on consoles and only then ported to PCs. So, even if you have a gtx 980ti for example, even though that card could achieve essentially significantly better graphics than a PS4 pro could, the games look the same more or less on both apart from the true 4k resolution and 60 frames per Second, on PC but I mean apart from that in terms of visual quality alone and visual effects, there are pretty much identical, so having more powerful consoles would actually solve this issue. But let me know through comments what do you guys think about all this, would you actually pay a thousand dollars for a console or not I'm guessing. Most of you will probably say no way, but if you think about it you are already paying $ 800 or even more for a high-end smartphone and some people change their smartphones every single year or most people every two years, you'll only change your console once every six years or even seven years, so let me put it like this: a thousand dollars for the next six years for an amazing console doesn't sound too bad does it?
PS5 Specs Review PS5 Specs Review Reviewed by Debby Peters on June 04, 2018 Rating: 5
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