Everything we know about the PlayStation 5

Everything we know about the P...
The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we've had of the upcoming console so far
The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we've had of the upcoming console so far
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The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we've had of the upcoming console so far
The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we've had of the upcoming console so far

Sony’s next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 5, is set to launch later this year, but we still haven’t had a full reveal. Here, New Atlas rounds up everything we know and don’t know about the PS5’s hardware, games, controllers, features and services.

We’ll continue to update this post as new details come to light.

The basics

  • What: Sony’s fifth generation games console
  • Release date: Quarter 4, 2020
  • Price: Unknown
  • Disc slot: reads UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, 100-GB optical discs for games


  • CPU: Custom AMD Ryzen Zen 2, 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz
  • GPU: Custom AMD Radeon RDNA 2, 10.3 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz
  • Storage: 825 GB Solid-state drive (SSD), 5 GB/s raw read speed, 9 GB/s compressed
  • RAM: 16 GB GDDR6 RAM
  • Connection: HDMI 2.1

Technical capabilities

Resolution options: HD, Full HD, 4K, 8K
Frame rate: Up to 120 fps

Hardware-accelerated Raytracing
This technique involves tracing the path of light and rendering its interaction with objects in real time. That makes for far more realistic shadows, reflections, and other lighting effects.

Tempest 3D AudioTech
Applies the same ray tracing concept to audio. Sound waves are traced as they move through the environment, bouncing off objects.

Speed and efficiency
With a read speed of up to a tremendous 9 GB per second, the SSD can be written to and read from almost instantly, which drastically cuts loading times. This should also mean that developers can reduce duplicated assets in game files (a trick commonly used to cut load times), which should shrink the on-disk size of games and updates.

Selective installs
Rather than waiting for an entire game to install onto the SSD, players can choose which sections they want. So for example, if you’re not playing online multiplayer you can just install the single player campaign, saving space and letting you jump into the game sooner.

Expandable storage
The storage can be expanded with third-party SSDs – but these need to be certified by Sony, and the company says they probably won't be ready on launch day.

Power-saving rest mode
The PS5 is designed to be very energy-efficient. While in rest mode, the console will only consume about 0.5 W of power, marking a massive drop from the 8.5 W that a PS4 consumes in standby.


Very similar design to the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller, but with a couple of new features such as an improved speaker. Rumor has it there’s a microphone in it as well.

Advanced haptics
An advanced haptic feedback system creates unique tactile feedback for different actions in-game. Developers can precisely program the two motors in the grip to vibrate in various patterns, simulating specific sensations, such as the shock of a car crash or the jolt of a tackle in football. It can reportedly even recreate different terrains and textures – running across a concrete floor feels very different to sloshing through mud.

Adaptive triggers
The L2 and R2 buttons on the top of the controller, which function like triggers, are also programmable now. Game developers can adjust the resistance the triggers have for different actions, so that drawing a bow and arrow, for example, feels very different to firing a gun.


Games confirmed so far for PlayStation 5.

  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • Godfall
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Outriders
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Quarantine
  • Watch Dogs: Legion


Backwards compatibility
The PlayStation 5 will support around 100 of the top PS4 games at launch, with more to follow later. In the long run, Sony says that the "overwhelming majority" of PS4 titles should be compatible with the new machine, and may benefit from higher resolutions and higher and more stable frame rates. The PS4’s virtual reality headset, PSVR, will also be compatible with the PS5.

Streamlined user interface
Individual missions, activities, or multiplayer sessions from within games will be displayed on the PS5’s main menu, letting players jump straight into that activity without having to boot up the game and check what’s happening.

Online services
We know that online multiplayer will return, and so will the digital storefront for buying and downloading games and other content. That said, there’s been no official word on whether specific services such as PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now will return – but they most likely will.

Further reading: Everything we know about the Xbox Series X

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