Sony reveals PlayStation 5 specs just a day after its rival details next-generation Xbox Series X

Sony goes head-to-head with Microsoft by revealing PlayStation 5 specs just a day after its rival detail the next-generation Xbox Series X

  • Sony revealed official hardware specs on its PlayStation 5 
  • The move comes just a day after Microsoft revealed details of the Xbox Series X
  • PlayStation 5 will have 10 teraflop GPU that will reduce load times
  • It downloads a GB worth of data in one second as opposed to PS4’s 20 seconds 
  • The company didn’t reveal price or an official release date yet 

Sony has finally unwrapped hardware details on its next-generation PlayStation 5 console.

In an online event on Wednesday, the company went into detail on its system hardware for the the first time, detailing the specs that will go head-to-head with its biggest rival Microsoft.  

Among those specs is an eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU which is capable of 3.5GHz and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture that is capable of 10 teraflops. 

Unofficial renders (pictured) suggest that the PlayStation 5 will be a slick black console with added hinges either side for the power button

Like the upcoming Xbox Series X it will also have a solid stat hardrive that will help drastically reduce load times.

According to Eurogamer, the PlayStation 5 will also have 16GB of RAM which will aid the promised super-fast loading times in gameplay. 

In a demo on Wednesday, Sony showed off how new hardware can load games like Spiderman in one second compared to the eight seconds previously needed by the PlayStation 4. 

Additionally, system architect Mark Cerny showed that the console could load a gigabyte of data in one second as opposed to the PlayStation 4 which took 20 seconds. 

The system will also come with expandable storage in the form of USB as well as opposed to Xbox which will be able to load in 1 terabyte expansion cards and will have a 4k Blu-Ray drive that supports discs.

As noted by The Verge, Microsoft seems to have the edge when it comes to pure specs.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has previously announced that the upcoming console will have 12 teraflop of GPU performance, which is two times more powerful than the latest Xbox One X and four times more powerful than the specs of the original Xbox One. 

Thanks to a similar solid state hard drive, Microsoft says the Series X will also be able to pause and resume multiple games instantly. 

As was previously revealed, this means that players will also be able to instantly start playing their favorite games even after a system reboot. 

Sony's PlayStation 5 previously had its specs leaked onto GameStop's website and were subsequently deleted

Sony’s PlayStation 5 previously had its specs leaked onto GameStop’s website and were subsequently deleted

Both consoles are expected to be release later this holiday season though neither has a hard release date yet. 

Cost for both systems is also a major questions mark. 

According to a report from Bloomberg which cites sources familiar with the matter, the PlayStation 5’s use of in-demand flash memory components may increase the cost of manufacturing to $450, meaning the console will likely retail for at least $470.

As noted by Bloomberg, the PlayStation 4 – Sony’s current iteration of game console – first retailed for $399 and reportedly costs the company about $380 to manufacture.