Marketing campaigns dictate a lot in the video game industry. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (AKA XSX, or just “Xbox”) releasing later this year, we are finally reaching the point of full reveals. What the PS5 will look like exactly, how much it will cost, and the promises of its major features / operating system will all be deciding factors in the purchasing decision this holiday season.
While many analysts are taking the safe bet that the PS5 will perform better next-generation based on PS4’s smash-through sales performance, this industry is often unpredictable and can change with one bad presentation. That’s why this is so important, and is Sony taking their final look left and right before they cross that road. This generation, Sony and their PS4 have been heroes, legends, and they’re about to walk away from all of that to give birth to the PS5.
Official websites are always a great way to sort rumors from the confirmed facts, especially with launches like PlayStation 5 – which can often blur the line as the mass hysteria and industry chatter reaches epic proportions leading up to their full reveal. Sony is expected to host their own event this month to show off the PS5.
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Although a lot of information is known about the SSD hybrid technology (based on NVMe) for the PlayStation 5, and the fact that it’s using AMD Ryzen / Navi architecture for a combined PC Gaming compatibility thus never seen before. Xbox Series X will also take a similar approach. We also know that Sony has not finished deciding the pricing of the PlayStation 5 yet, and both the Xbox and PS5 are expected to be sold at loss per unit on the hardware. Consumers may benefit in 2020 and could end up getting a lot more compute power per dollar than in previous console generations.
There are many rumored PS5 features but we will find out soon just what Sony has planned to set next-gen apart, for now here’s everything that we know for sure without any doubt.
Major confirmed features of PS5:
- CPU: Custom 8 Core AMD Zen 2 7nm Chip
- GPU: Custom AMD Navi (36 Compute Units @ 2000MHz)
- NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD (Capable of ~500GB/s read speeds)
- Next Gen 3D Audio
- Ray Tracing Support
- 8K Output, or 4K Support at High Frame Rates
- VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) via AMD FreeSync
- Backwards Compatible with PS4 Titles
- PSVR Support and new PSVR hardware incoming
- Suspend multiple games at the same time
- Dynamic home screen with live elements from the game (missions)
- Controller has a built-in mic