PS5 full specs revealed including a 10.28 TFLOPs GPU, 825GB Custom SSD and more

By Sean Carey,
Finally, Sony has broken its silence, and we have some specs for the next-generation of PlayStation console, the PS5. Mark Cerny, the lead system architect, has revealed that the PS5 will feature a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU running at 3.5GHz, along with a custom AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 10.28 TFLOPs of power. For memory, we are looking at 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, and for storage, the PS5 will include a custom 825GB SSD which will vastly reduce loading times.


Sony's presentation is still ongoing; however, Eurogamer has detailed the full spec list which you can see below.

CPU

  • 8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2 CPU

GPU

  • Custom AMD RDNA 2 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)

Memory

  • 16GB GDDR6/256-bit

Internal Storage

  • Custom 825GB SSD

IO Throughput

  • 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)

Expandable Storage

  • NVMe SSD Slot

External Storage

  • USB HDD Support

Optical Drive

  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
As part of the presentation, Cerny focused a lot on the SSD included in the PS5. Cerny has been travelling the world speaking to developers and publishers, and the number one most requested feature for the console was an SSD. According to Cerny, the SSD is blindingly fast and can transfer up to 5.5GB/s. The PS5's SSD will see loading speeds 100 times faster than that of the PS4.

Strangely, the SSD included in the PS5 has a capacity of just 825GB, but for a good reason. Sony's SSD solution is something that the company has developed, and the 825GB capacity matches its 12 channel interface. Sony was tempted to up the capacity. However, Cerny said during the presentation that components used in the SSD are not cheap and that Sony had a responsibility to its gaming audience to be cost-effective. Storage can be expanded with certain internal M.2 NVMe SSDs. These can be bought on the open market and installed directly into the console. Cerny hasn't specified which M.2 drives will be supported, and Sony will be revealing more on that at a later date. The PS5 will also support standard USB storage, but only for PS4 games.

A lot of emphases is being put on audio with the PS5. Sony is planning to bring deeper levels of immersion through 3D audio and a chip it is calling The Tempest Engine. The player will be able to hear individual raindrops as the chip is capable of supporting hundreds of different sound sources. They'll also be able to hear where an enemy is located behind them.

Thanks to the new AMD GPU, the PS5 will also support backwards compatibility for PS4 games. Sony has looked at the top 100 PS4 titles by playtime and said that nearly all of them would be available via backwards compatibility on the PS5 at launch. It seems that many of the PS4's back catalogue will be drip-fed into a backwards compatibility programme as Sony needs to test the process with over 4000 games published on the system. Cerny made no mention if older generation PlayStation games would be backwards compatible.

Spec PS5 Xbox Series X
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency) 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.6 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency). Custom RDNA 2 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU
Internal Storage 825GB SSD 1 TB Custom NVMe SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed) 2.4 GB/s (Raw), 4.8 GB/s (Compressed, with custom hardware decompression block)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot 1 TB Expansion Card
External Storage USB HDD Support USB 3.2 External HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive
When comparing the raw numbers, it seems that Microsoft's Xbox Series X wins out over the PS5. For more on the Xbox Series X, check out the article over on TA that details all the specs and features of Microsoft's console.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!