Playstation 5 Specifications
How fast will be the PS5?
CPU Processing Power
- A variation of AMD’s third generation Ryzen line
- 8 cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture
- Current prediction: 16 threads at 3.2Ghz
The heart of the PS5 will be the processing power that it uses to create the experiences of the next generation. While we most certainly will address the debate between a physical and cloud-based console, we know that the PS5 will be a traditional gaming console, possibly with some streaming elements or options.
Right now, our games look real, but they don’t feel real, and that’s where PS5 is going to differentiate itself. Paul Ross, one of the co-founders of Three Fields Entertainment recently spoke about Planning for the next generation now and he made an excellent point about how physics engines haven’t evolved in several generations.
“Physics engines haven’t changed since I did the physics on TrickStyle for the Dreamcast. They’re all about rigid bodies and solid objects. This is a real paradigm shift because it’s about simulating physics at a molecular level. It’s been a really hard problem to solve for quite a while.”
The PS5’s pure processing power will offer developers like Paul and his team to create worlds that look real, and more importantly, feel real. This is the kind of evolution we’ve been waiting for.
One thing to remember, is that the CPU components used in consoles have more flexibility than typical PC hardware. Consoles offer fixed hardware and APIs, which allow developers to more accurately predict the kind of specs they’ll be able to work with. PCs, on the other hand, have a wide number of different rig possibilities.
As generations go on, developers also become more acquainted with the hardware as well, giving them the power to do more than before as they look for more efficient ways to optimize their coding. So, while we do use modern hardware to make comparisons, the actual specs of the PS5 will be a custom setup instead of standard PC parts.
Before we move on, let’s look at Microsoft’s latest console. The Xbox One X released with a custom CPU that runs at 2.3GHz with eight total cores. This is compared to the PS4 Pro, which has eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz.
So, in this department the two are neck-and-neck. Furthermore, these specs leave a lot of room for improvement when the PS5 releases.
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