New information on the alleged specs, including GPU (or ‘graphics card’) and memory, for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-gen consoles has reportedly leaked, offering us possible, albeit unofficial, better look at these two new consoles.
According to a lengthy report from Digital Foundry, as published by Eurogamer, the PS5 will reportedly feature a 9.2 teraflop GPU. Compare that to the PS4, which featured a theoretical max of 1.84 teraflops. The PS5 will also reportedly feature GDDR6 memory, which is identical to AMD’s RX 5700 series Navi cards, if you want to compare it to the world of PC gaming.
Overall, DF’s report lays out these alleged, unconfirmed PS5’s GPU capabilities: 36 custom Navi compute units at 2000MHz (the PS4 Pro uses 36 GCN compute units at 911MHz for reference).
The report also suggests that the alleged PS5 GPU will be able to switch between three modes in order to offer backwards compatibility with PS4 and PS4 Pro titles. While a “gen 2” mode is evidently what the PS5 will normally be running next-gen games on, according to the report, its two separate “gen 1” and “gen 0” modes allow for backward compatibility. The gen 1 mode features the exact same metrics as a PS4 Pro: 36 compute units, a 911MHz core clock, and 218GB/s of memory bandwidth and 64 ROPs.
As for the alleged Xbox Series X GPU, the report suggests there is less comprehensive data but points to some interesting notes. A processor referred to as “Arden” is found in the data acquired, but is incomplete. DF describes the supposed Xbox Series X GPU as “frankly ginormous, with signs pointing to a possible target of 12 teraflops. Speculation about the 12 teraflops has been swirling about for some time now, and you can read our thoughts on what that means for the Xbox Series X’s price tag.
“Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 spec outlined in the leak points toward a device with more of a balance between price and performance,” DF’s Richard Leadbetter writes. “Assuming we’re looking at a not implausible 16GB of GDDR6 and a 1TB SSD, this is still an expensive-looking device – but stacked up against the monstrous Series X, it obviously stands more of a chance of hitting the magic $399 launch price-point.”
Of course, all of this information is so far unofficial, and DF’s Richard Leadbetter is working from supposedly leaked information, so things could change once Sony and Microsoft start divulging concrete details about their next-gen consoles.
Hungry for more PS5 or Xbox Series X information? Check out everything we know about the PS5, including controller design, price, release window, and more. You can also read up on the newly revealed patent for the PS5 controller design, or what the Xbox Series X means for PlayStation’s strategy for the future.
You can also see how both next-gen consoles stack up against one another in glorious chart form, or check out every confirmed PS5 game we know of.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/terra flopper for IGN.