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PlayStation 5 should reward gamers with superfast connections and low latency as Wi-Fi 6 chip is spotted in likely PS5 certification

Sony still hasn't revealed what's hiding on the back of the PS5. (Image source: Sony/VGC)
Sony still hasn't revealed what's hiding on the back of the PS5. (Image source: Sony/VGC)
A Sony Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) wireless communication module has been spotted in certification that likely pertains to the PlayStation 5. An image of the chip has also been revealed in one particular filing, which also includes the PlayStation logo. Having Wi-Fi 6 support would offer PS5 owners the chance to enjoy faster connection speeds and lower latency.
Daniel R Deakin,

It may have been expected that a next-gen console would have the latest and greatest in terms of connectivity and communication, but Sony has been silent about those topics in regard to the PlayStation 5 so far. However, it seems the PS5 will support the IEEE 802.11ax standard so those who are currently saving up for a console purchase should probably also make sure they get their hands on a Wi-Fi 6-capable router as well.

The Sony communication module with the part number J20H100 (FCC ID: AK8M19DFR1) was spotted in documents from Anatel, which is the National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil. The chip, which can handle Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, was also found in Peruvian certification where it was listed in connection with a “consola de juegos” (games console) – so it seems reasonable to presume that the PS5 is going to offer these communication standards when it finally arrives on the shelves.

Having Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) will enable PS5 owners to access potential theoretical speeds of 9.6 Gb/s, and compared to Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) latency has reportedly been cut by 75%, which is a big deal for gamers looking to get the best performance during a first-person shooter firing frenzy. It’s possible Sony might even trump Microsoft in this particular space, as the Xbox Series X is rumored to “only” offer 802.11ac, although this is yet to be confirmed. It’s certainly a step up from the PS4 though, which originally supported 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4) before being boosted to 802.11ac with the Slim and Pro models.

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J20H100 module. (Image source: Tecnoblog)
J20H100 module. (Image source: Tecnoblog)
PlayStation certification. (Image source: Tecnoblog)
PlayStation certification. (Image source: Tecnoblog)

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Reddit & Tecnoblog (in Portuguese) & FCC & ZDNet & VG24/7

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-08-26 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.