PlayStation 5: Confirmed Specs and Features

We’ve seen what the PS5 console is capable of, the design, the range of accessories and an extensive range of PS5 games that will be available over the years. We’ve got everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5: confirmed specs, console design, PS5 games and the accessories available.

Console Design and Editions

We have all seen the wonderfully futuristic console design for the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. The next-generation Day 1 consoles will include a PS5 Digital Edition and PS5 with a disc-drive.

Confirmed PS5 Games

There are plenty of confirmed PS5 games, perfect for your next-gen library. Below are all the games announced:

There are a few games available as part of the PS5 launch game line-up. These are Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Godfall, Demon Souls and SackBoy: A Big Adventure.

Want to read more about the games confirmed for PlayStation 5? Read our PS5 games blog here.

PS5 Accessories - Headset, Camera, DualSense

A range of next-generation PlayStation 5 accessories are also on the next gen roster! In the same striking design as the console, Sony has confirmed a HD Camera, Pulse 3D wireless headset, a media remote and a charging dock for the DualSense controller.

DualSense – New Wireless Controller

The DualSense has kept what gamers love about the DualShock 4 as well as adding enhanced features and sleek new design. The DualSense has adaptive triggers built into the L2 and R2 buttons so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, a strong battery life with rechargeable battery whilst also keeping the controller lightweight. From the success of PlayStation's industry-first Share button, they bring you a new “Create” button feature. With "Create", there are new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves and there are more details on this feature to come.

The DualSense has a two-toned design and a different position of the light bar that sits on each side of the touchpad which will give it an extra pop. From the moment you turn on your controller, you will be transported into your games with ultimate immersion.

If you want to read more about the PS5 DualSense Wireless controller, you can check out our article right here!

PS5 Specs vs PS4 Specs

As you can see from the confirmed specs, the PS5 is certainly going to be a significant upgrade from the PS4.

You can find the full system specs below:

PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) 8x Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency) 1.84 TFLOPs, 18 CUs at 800MHz
GPU Architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom GCN
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit 8GB GDDR5/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s 176GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD 500GB HDD
I/O Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) Approx 50-100MB/s (dependent on data location on HDD)
Expandable storage NVMe SSD Slot Replaceable internal HDD
External storage USB HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive Blu-ray Drive

Custom SSD – Lightning Fast Loading

What can we expect from the next generation of consoles? Well, according to Mark Cerny, we can expect an impressive ultra-high-speed SSD at 5.5GB/s. Not only is this SSD super-fast, but it also has 825GB of storage. Supporting this SSD will be a custom flash controller, maximising SSD potential and allowing priority levels load in the order of importance to keep gameplay smooth. But that’s not all, the PS5 will have an integrated custom I/O system 100x faster than the PS4.

So, what does this mean? The SSD is much faster than the PS4 hard drive, and we mean lightning fast. Say goodbye to loading screens, reloads, loading the game up and even fast travel. This will essentially change how you play your games, as you’ll no longer be removed from the experience for the next section to load. It also means gaming worlds can be bigger because they can load up in the blink of an eye.

Custom GPU – Realistic and Immersive Experiences

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will run on an AMD CPU chip, based on AMD’s Ryzen line. It’s an eight-core, custom-made, based on AMD’s new microarchitecture. The CPU is a custom variant from AMD Radeon’s Navi family, which is beginning to appear in high-end PC processors.

But what does this look like for the next-generation console? The setup will support 8K resolutions and ray tracing for future PS5 games. This will improve the visual fidelity, especially with the way light moves and bounces from objects, especially with reflective surfaces such as water and glass. This means shadows, lightning and water can look more realistic than we’ve seen before.

Ray Tracing also offers audio enhancements for developers and players. To improve this further, the PS5 will also feature a custom unit for 3D audio taking audio and sound improvements to the next level. “With the next console the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it” said Mark Cerny in a previous interview.

Price and Release Date

What is the PS5 release date?

The PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition had a release date of 19th November 2020.

How much will the PS5 cost?

The PS5 will cost £449.99 and the PS5 Digital Edition will cost £359.99

Games and Accessory Backwards-Compatibility

The new PlayStation 5 will be compatible with PS4 games. In a previous interview, it is confirmed that the console will accept physical discs, and the architecture is based on the PS4 so it will support an overwhelming majority of PS4 games.

Sony also confirmed that some of the older games may play better on the PS5 as they will run on a boosted frequency meaning a more stable frame rate. This means you can still play your favourite PS4 titles on your new console!

It's confirmed the PlayStation 5 will support PS4 controllers, but only for playing supported PS4 games. Sony has also confirmed that officially licensed raching wheels, arcade stickets and flight stick will also work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games. This means that if you want to play PS5 games on the new console, you'll need to purchase the new DualSense controller. The new PlayStation controller has impressive features like adaptive triggers and new haptic feedback technology, so you'll definitely want to experience the next-gen controller.