Regardless of if it’s actually called the PlayStation 5 or not, Sony has finally offered some details on the next generation of PlayStation hardware.
There’s a lot to digest, and while we don’t have exact benchmarks for the hardware, there are a few things we can glean about this upcoming beast.
What AMD’s New Chip Means for Graphics and Audio
Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the upcoming console, says this is not another refresh of the PlayStation 4—it is a whole new console. This box has entirely new hardware inside, with an eight-core CPU based on the third generation of AMD’s venerable Ryzen line, and a custom GPU based on AMD’s next-gen Navi family. He didn’t technically state whether the CPU and GPU were separate chips, or whether it was more akin to the APUs, which integrate the graphics cores with the CPU on a single chip. Considering that’s the route Sony took with the PS4, I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with a single-chip design this time around too.