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How next-gen PlayStation stacks up against current PCs

Published: 09:14, 23 April 2019
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Recently, Sony officially confirmed some earlier rumours about next-gen PlayStation hardware. We know that AMD will power up the new console with their 7nm Zen 2 and Navi technology, but how this hardware stacks up against today's PCs?

Last week, Sony's lead system architect Mark Cerny finally revealed details about the company's next-gen PlayStation console that is scheduled to drop sometime in 2020.

Cerny confirmed earlier leaks and rumours which suggested that AMD's 7nm Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU will power up the new console. He also revealed that PlayStation 5 will feature an SSD, claiming that it will have a higher raw bandwidth than any SSD available for PCs.

According to some rumours, PS5's Navi GPU would have 14.2 teraflops, which is higher than the 13.8 teraflops count in AMD's latest flagship GPU - Radeon VII, which costs $679 at the moment. Also, AMD's fastest desktop CPU is currently Zen+ Ryzen 7 2700X, priced at $292 on Amazon. It features 8 cores and 16 threads, which is also the core count of PS5's Zen 2 CPU. 

The important thing here is the brand new technology in PS5's CPU. It's the upcoming, third generation of Zen and it will bring faster clock speeds, lower power usage and better IPC (instructions per cycle). It's a much better package overall than current Ryzen CPU's.

As for the SSD, the prices are at their lowest point ever. You can get 500 GB Samsung's SSD for $77 and some other brands go for even lower than that. At the moment, we don't have the details on PS5's SSD, or if Sony plan to offer multiple variants of their next console with 500 GB, 1 TB or even more SSD space.

Samsung 860 Evo series is currently the fastest SSD you can get and Cerny said Sony will aim even higher than that. However, this should not affect the price as SSDs will only get cheaper with the increasingly popular NVME m.2 SSD's.

If Sony opt to include one of these, it could affect the price a bit, but the loading speeds would be insanely fast and by the looks of it, the Japanese tech giant is aiming for that.

Sony PlayStation 4 with a DualShock 4 on top. PlayStation 4

The rumoured price of the next-gen PlayStation 5 is $499, $100 pricier than its predecessor. It's also possible that pricing will vary if Sony offer two or more versions with different SSD sizes.

For $499, you could build an entry-level PC with SSD, six-core CPU and low-end GPU like RX 570 or GTX 1050ti. Of course, it's nowhere near the PS5 specs and it would be enough for 1080p gaming on medium-high settings for a couple of years.

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