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The PlayStation 5 is Sony's entry into The Ninth Generation of Console Video Games. It will be released on November 12th in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea; it will be released November 19th everywhere else.

On top of improved CPU, GPU and memory compared to the PlayStation 4, the system introduces a new NVMe solid state drive and PCIe lane solution that provides streaming of data of up to 5.5GB/s raw and on average 9GB/s compressed. This in turn allows developers to sidestep Loads and Loads of Loading, draw distance, and other technical challenges related to waiting for new content to load from the hard drive into RAM that had been a constant bane of game design.

The PS5 further introduces a new DualSense controller, which significantly redesigns the form factor compared to previous PlayStation controllers. It also adds enhanced haptic feedback, built-in speakers, and USB-C connectivity.

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The system supports software level PlayStation 4 emulation as well, to allow for backwards compatibility with a large number of PS4 titles.

Technical Specifications

Processors
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores running at a variable frequency up to 3.5GHz
  • GPU: RDNA 2 based GPU with 36 CUs at a variable frequency up to 2.23GHz, for a performance up to 10.28 TFLOPs
  • AMD SmartShift technology allows the console to balance its power budget between the two.

Memory/Storage

  • 16GB of GDDR6 RAM running at 14 GHz with a total bandwidth of 448 GB/s
  • 825GB NVMe based SSD with a raw throughput of 5.5 GB/s, though a custom decompression chip can raise the effective read throughput to about 9 GB/s on average.
    • This SSD can be augmented with off-the-shelf PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs, but only those that Sony has verified will work (specifically, if they can fit inside the console's casing).
  • USB HDD support for PS4 games
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray drive on the standard edition, but not present on the Digital Edition.
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