Rumoured Sony PS5/Next specifications leak

Rumoured Sony PS5/Next specifications leak

Rumoured Sony PS5/Next specifications leak

Ever since the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One X, Sony has been rumoured to have started work on their next-generation console, the PS5. While the name PS5 isn’t final, it sounds like backwards compatibility is key to Sony’s design, offering support for existing PS4/PS4 Pro games, as well as their expected hardware upgrade plans. 

This data comes from SemiAccurate initially, from a pay-walled article which was later summarised at Resetera, revealing some of the hardware architectures behind the PS5 and no clear GPU TFLOP numbers, clock speeds or detailed specifications. 

Early reports say that the next PlayStation will use a Zen-based CPU from AMD and a custom GPU based on AMD’s upcoming Navi graphics architecture. This hardware config is not far-fetched, as the PS4 Pro itself contained Vega-specific hardware features almost a year before Vega became available on PC, making it likely that the same thing could happen to Navi. 

The upgrade from the Jaguar CPUs used in the PS4 and PS4 Pro to Zen would offer a massive potential increase in performance, adding SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) and a lot more per-core CPU throughput. Rumour has it that Sony has added a few VR features in-silicon to offer improved VR performance, making it seem like Sony has no plans to abandon PSVR anytime soon.  

Rumoured Sony PS5/Next specifications leak  (Sony’s PS4 Pro Console)

SemiAccurate has also stated that they believe that developer kits for this upcoming console are already available and says that a 2018 release is not out of the question, though we doubt the viability of a 2018 launch. 

We think that Sony is more likely to release in 2019, a time where GDDR6 memory should be a lot readily available, and 7nm manufacturing processes should be available from both TSMC and GlobalFoundries. 7nm will allow Sony to create their next generation PlayStation with a much smaller silicon die and hopefully make higher clock speeds achievable. While Resetera says that dev kits are available for the PS5, it is likely that these dev kits are not using real PS5 silicon. 

Our guess is that Sony’s next-generation PlayStation will release in November 2019, three years after the PS4 Pro and six years after the PS4, fitting nicely into a three-year console upgrade cycle. 

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