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Sony PlayStation 5 has RDNA 2 AMD GPU, 5.5GB/S 825GB SSD, and 3D Audio

Sony unveiled a few core features of the PlayStation 5. From blazing fast SSDs, RDNA 2 GPU, to a proprietary 3D audio engine, PS5 is shaping up to be a beast.
Sony PlayStation 5 has RDNA 2 AMD GPU, 5.5GB/S 825GB SSD, and 3D Audio
Sony PlayStation 5's new features

Sony PlayStation 5 new features

Sony says that it achieved 5.5GB/s for the PS5's SSD
Sony says that it achieved 5.5GB/s for the PS5's SSD

The PlayStation 5 is the fifth console in the legendary PlayStation family. PlayStation 4 itself saw a relatively more successful lifespan compared to the PS3. Let's see what's new with the PS5.

For the PlayStation 5, Sony states that the GPU is the main focus in innovation. In addition, SSD is also a big part of its features. This is because developers told them that an SSD can be the biggest gamechanger since a lot of the time spent during game development goes to optimizing the loading time.

Sony wants to provide an SSD that can load 2GB of data in 0.27 seconds. This can also lead to developers having more freedom in terms of creating more vivid and details worlds. Developers can realize bigger visions since they don't have to worry about a slower HDD loading the textures and data. An SSD can also improve the problematic patch installs which can take a lot of time when updates pile up.

The SSD has a custom flash controller to address bottlenecks in coding. Sony managed to achieve a pretty fast 5.5GB per second load speed. In terms of size itself, the PS5 will have an 825GB SSD with expansion options. It also has Kraken Decompression technology, a dedicated DMA controller, two I/O coprocessors for more bottleneck elimination. It also has an on-chip RAM as well.

The storage expansion will be done through M.2 SSDs. However, your expansion SSD should be as fast as the PS5's original one. PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSDs can go up to 3.5GB per second while PCIe 4.0 can go up to 7GB per second. Sony will be doing benchmarks before its target launch date at the end of 2020 to make sure compatibility for different SSDs is achieved.
PS5's CPU and GPU speeds
PS5's CPU and GPU speeds

The new RDNA 2-based AMD GPU for the PlayStation 5 will have new features but will make it optional to be used. For instance, the GPU can support Ray Tracing but developers can opt not to utilize it. PS5's GPU will be backward compatible with PS4 games. Sony expects almost 100 of the best PS4 games to be playable upon launch.

PS5's GPU has a Geometry Engine that brings handling of shapes under full programmable control. For instance, performance can be optimized by automatically removing off-screen shapes. It can also use primitive shaders for better utilization of different visual effects. The Ray Tracing included will be the same found AMD's upcoming PC GPUs.

Sony also made improvements in its power consumption and thermal cooling. PlayStation 5 runs the CPU and GPU via variable frequency mode which supplies a constant amount of power while adjusting the frequencies according to the workload.

With this, the GPU can run up to 2.23GHz which translates to 10.3 teraflops. On the other hand, the CPU will be capped at 3.5GHz.
Sony uses its own TEMPEST 3D AudioTech engine
Sony uses its own TEMPEST 3D AudioTech engine

The PlayStation 5 will have 3D audio included to provide a more immersive gaming experience. The PS VRs 3D audio technology became the stepping stone for this new design. The PS5 looks to provide great audio presence and locality to bring you into the game world you are in. This is said to be done by providing better audio sources. The technology is called TEMPEST 3D AudioTech. There will be 5 settings provided to make sure you get the best audio experience possible.

There was no information about the PS5's price and availability yet. However, Sony let it slip that they are targeting a late 2020 release. 

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Source: Sony
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