So, I’m sure many of you have already heard about the long-anticipated arrival of the Playstation 5. According to the official company website, the release date is set for “Holiday 2020”, which I find to be quite ambiguous meaning.
Especially for the era of gaming, we have come a long way in terms of technological advancements. The first ever Playstation model was released ion December 3, 1994. It was shown to be very successful after millions of units were sold within quick succession. Today, I’ll be covering the general knowledge you need for the new Playstation 5! I personally am really excited to delve into the details, even though things have been kept pretty under the wraps…
What can we expect from the Playstation 5?
Unfortunately, Sony has not released much information regarding the new Playstation model, which has been driving gamers insane. It should come along with most (if not all) of the perks which the Playstation 4 had, with some bonus optimization and features.
However, there are a ton of games that people love which run on the Playstation 4. It is unknown if all of these franchises will be upgraded to the PS5 model, so some fans might not enjoy buying the new model. According to some leaks and other information, it is estimated that the Playstation will cost around (if not more than) $500.
A few of you may be wondering whether or not the release of the Playstation 5 will be delayed, due to the nasty coronavirus that has been spreading around… However, I have good news! Officials from Sony have stated that things are moving ahead as planned. I’m guessing we can expect this sometime October, if not sooner!
After scouring the internet to try to find some leaked photos of official press releases of the PS5 models, I haven’t had any true luck. I’ve found a huge variety of designs, each from their own respective sources that can’t exactly be considered
Based on an official video released about the specifications of the PS5, here are some confirmed core components:
- 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz with SMT (variable frequency)
- 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
- Architecture Custom RDNA
- 16GB GDDR6/256-bit Memory with a Bandwith of 448GB/s
There will also be an input for expandable storage with USB support included. And, there’ll be an optical 4k drive, which can go so much more beyond than simply gaming. With the Playstation 5, we can definitely expect to be running some extremely high-quality games with hyperrealistic graphics that’ll blow our minds.
Some of you may be wondering what exactly “variable frequency” is, being a unfamiliar feature that hasn’t been introduced before. According to interviews and external sources, this is referred to as a “boost”. Essentially, a Playstation can only reach a certain thermal limit until it starts overheating (and causing performance issues). This boost acts as a ‘safeguard’, which gives the Playstation 5 a set powder budget. Mark Cerny states that“rather than running at constant frequency and letting the power vary based on the workload, we run at essentially constant power and let the frequency vary based on the workload.”
This change in frequency is controlled by internal monitors; these regulate and analyze the workload from the CPU and GPU. I’ve mentioned earlier that there isn’t exactly a confirmed price yet. However, I’ve noticed that many people like to wait some weeks after the launch, so the product won’t be as expensive as when it would initially be (due to high demand).
Stumbling across some more supposed ‘leaks’, the Playstation 5 apparently has two console variants with 100% backward compatibility. Of course, take this with a grain of salt because I have yet to find this information from the corporation directly.
Overall, I’m genuinely excited about the release of the Playstation 5! I think that writing this kind of article and doing some research is so much fun, especially because I actually have an interest in the topic. I still have my old Playstation 3 with me, which I occasionally start up and play some old games for nostalgia.
Am I going to buy the Playstation 5 on the release day? I’m actually not quite sure about this one. I think it all depends on the launch titles… If I see a franchise that really connects with me, I think that would be enough to convince me to buy the new console immediately! On the other hand, I do pay a lot of attention to financial things, so maybe my wallet disagrees with me on this one.
With that being said, I’m going to wrap up this article. I really like the intrigue behind the Playstation 5, due to lack of details being shared. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll all be laughing about the ‘inferior’ features of a Playstation 5, while rocking an out-of-this-world Playstation 20… One day!