Sony’s last-second cancellation of their Playstation 5 event left many gamers in the dark about the future of the gaming console. Despite the event’s cancellation, there is still a lot of information available. Here is all we know about the hardware, backward compatibility, games, controllers, and every other aspect of the PlayStation 5.

PlayStation 5 Concept Art
Sony PlayStation 5 Concept Art
Image Credit: LetsGoDigital

PlayStation 5 Hardware

According to the PlayStation Website, nearly all important hardware in the Sony PlayStation 5 is custom made. In addition, the PlayStation 5 is boasting the latest and greatest technologies in its hardware. Here are the noteworthy specifications.

CPU (Processing)

The PlayStation 5’s CPU uses AMD’s Zen 2 technology. This is the same tech in AMD’s most powerful gaming CPU, the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. However, the PlayStation 5 will only have 8 CPU cores. That is the same number of cores as the Playstation 4. Luckily, those cores still bring twice the power, capping at 3.5 GHz.

GPU (Graphics)

The GPU of the PlayStation 5 will be something that has literally never been seen before. The graphics will come from a custom version of AMD’s RDNA 2 technology. AMD has never released a graphics card using RDNA 2 before. Therefore, there is not much information about it. However, we know the PlayStation 5 GPU will support up to an 8k gaming resolution. It will also triple the PlayStation 4’s graphics power at a variable 2.23 GHz.

SSD (Storage)

With the PlayStation 5, Sony will finally leave the hard disk drive technology. Instead, the new Sony console will feature a solid-state drive. It will also have more storage, with 825 GB. The exact technology inside of the PlayStation 5’s SSD is unknown. However, Sony developer Mark Cerny told WIRED that the PlayStation 5’s SSD could hit transfer speeds of up to 5.5 GB/s. That could mean near-instant loading and insanely fast download rates. In fact, Mark Cerny claimed the SSD would be better than anything on the market. If that’s still not enough, the PlayStation 5 will also have an open NVMe slot for an additional SSD. It will also have external USB HDD storage if that is what you prefer.

RAM (Memory)

The PlayStation 5’s memory isn’t all that surprising. Sony replaced the PlayStation 4’s 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM with 16 GB of the latest GDDR6 RAM, doubling the amount of memory. This will triple the capacity, going from 176 Gb/s to nearly 448 Gb/s in the PlayStation 5.

Other Specifications

PlayStation 5 Disc Drive: 4k Blu-Ray Drive for physical games.

PlayStation 5 Audio: Support for 3D audio without external hardware.

PlayStation 5 Cooling: Six different fans and a vapor chamber.

PlayStation 5 Inputs: HDMI 2.1 and USB ports.

Playstation 5 Games

Godfall Game for PlayStation 5
Godfall for Sony PlayStation 5
Image Credit: Gearbox Publishing

Every aspect of a console affects the gaming experience. However, it’s the games themselves that do most of the work. Here is all the information about what you can and can’t play on the PlayStation 5.

Backward Compatibility

Sony and the PlayStation brand are notoriously bad with backward compatibility. Luckily, Sony seems to have improved in that regard. Developer Mark Cerny said that the “overwhelming majority” of PlayStation 4 games will work on the PlayStation 5. However, he also said that it is still being “tested on a game-to-game basis.” The PlayStation 5 will not support games for the PlayStation 3 or any older Sony consoles. However, it will keep PlayStation Now.

New PlayStation Games

The ability to play older games is nice, but the newest games are the most exciting. Fortnite and Destiny 2 are already developing versions for the PlayStation 5. It’s also fair to assume that yearly releases like FIFA 21 and NBA 2k21 will also come to the PlayStation 5. However, there are even fresher releases announced for the new Sony console. Here are the most anticipated games for the PlayStation 5.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the eighteenth major installment in the action RPG franchise. You play as a Viking raider during an invasion of Britain.
  • Godfall is a fantasy action RPG game. You must fight through the realms of Earth, Fire, Air, Water, and Spirit to prevent an apocalypse.
  • Watch Dogs: Legion is the third installment in the action-adventure franchise. You play as multiple characters as you attempt to outwit a surveillance-state.
  • Scarlet Nexus is a fantasy action RPG. You play as a soldier with psycho-kinesis.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 is a choose-your-own-adventure game. You play as a character in a city overrun by vampires. You make choices to shift the balance of power.
  • Dirt 5 is the fifth installment in the off-road racing series. The game is still in development, but it promises to be “bolder and braver than ever before” with brand-new features.
  • Quantum Error is a horror game. The game is still in development.
  • Battlefield 6 is the working title of the newest Battlefield game. The FPS game is still in development.

PlayStation 5 Controllers

PlayStation 5 Controller for PlayStation 5.
Sony PlayStation 5 Controller
Image Credit: Sony

Sony DualSense

The controllers for the PlayStation 5 feature DualSense. DualSense is an adaptation of the older DualShock models. It can better recreate the feelings of drawing back a bow or driving on dirt. They do this by changing the resistance to the triggers. The PlayStation 5 controllers also give higher haptic feedback. These aspects should make for more realistic gaming.

Other Sony Controller Features

Besides DualSense, the PlayStation 5 controllers also have

  • an in-controller microphone
  • a touchpad
  • enhanced controller audio
  • better battery life
  • USB-C connectivity
  • a 3.5mm headset jack

PlayStation 5 Exterior

Playstation 5 Cooling Devkit Patent
Sony Devkit PlayStation 5 Patent
Image Credit: WIPO/Sony
Playstation 5 Concept Art
PlayStation 5 Concept Art
Image Credit: LetsGoDigital

Sony hasn’t officially released anything on the outer design of the PlayStation 5. Regardless, people have continued to theorize. Sony’s release of their PlayStation 5 cooling system patent sparked many theories. The Sony patent appears to show two separate “wings” of the system.

Such a unique design caused a lot of speculation. LetsGoDigital’s PlayStation 5 concept art based on the patent is now the most popular. However, devkit patents are rarely reliable. Many doubt such an unconventional design. Instead, they believe that the PlayStation 5 will look more like its predecessors.

Be sure to stay tuned for all of the latest updates on Sony’s PlayStation 5, and let us know what you’re most excited about in the comments.