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"Unique elements" about the PlayStation 5 leak out

Sony announced the PlayStation 5 logo at CES earlier this week. (Image source: Sony)
Sony announced the PlayStation 5 logo at CES earlier this week. (Image source: Sony)
The PlayStation 5 is already slated to be more powerful and have considerably faster loading times than its predecessor, but a new leak points towards the console featuring other hardware that will distinguish it from its rivals. A November 20 release and US$399 price tag have been bandied around too.

The PS5 may be getting a 40 Compute Unit (CU) GPU if the latest set of rumours about Sony's ninth-generation console are to be believed. The claim is part of a wider dump on Pastebin titled "PS5 Latest Proposed Core Specification" about the regular PS5, which states that the console's GPU will be capable of up to 10.25 TFLOPS. Seemingly verified by RedGamingTech as genuine, the post also states that the PS5's semi-custom CPU will reach up to 3.50 GHz across its eight cores and sixteen threads.

Sony switching to an RDNA2 GPU this late into the PS5's development cycle is unlikely, with an original RDNA GPU the more probable candidate. According to the post, the GPU will support double-rate FP16, variable-rate shading and integrated geometry culling, while a hardware ray tracing accelerator on the APU die will take care of shadows, reflections, global illumination and particles. The GPU will also operate on a 256-bit bus and will be supported by 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM yielding a bandwidth of 512 GB/s.

The post goes on to claim that the PS5 will have an additional 4 GB of DDR4 RAM linked to a RISC storage processor, which will simultaneously manage the console's dual storage system. Split across a semi-custom 1 TB NVMe SSD and a 1 TB 7,200 RPM HDD, the PS5 will apparently launch on November 20 for US$399. Each purchase will come with one controller and a first-party game too, which seems like a reasonable deal.

While these specifications remain unconfirmed for the time being, but the new details do tie in with the notion of the PS5 having some unique and still unannounced elements, a claim attributed to Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan. According to Gematsu, Ryan stated the following during an interview with Business Insider Japan:

There are still more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles. The ‘bigger differences’ have yet to be announced.

It is already expected that the PS5 will have much better graphics and processor capabilities than the PS4, while Sony has confirmed that the console will use an SSD for the first time. Would a RISC storage processor with dedicated RAM and a dedicated ray-tracing accelerator make a big enough difference for you? Let us know in the comments.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01- 9 (Update: 2020-01- 9)