Sony sends it PS5 greetings via a livestream, and not an in-person GDC talk!
Today, before the "Road to PS5" online stream, Sony revealed specs for the PS5 via a Eurogamer article. It'll sport a 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz CPU, 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz GPU, 16GB GDDR6 memory, and a remarkably low 825GB SSD with an NVMe SSD Slot and a 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive. Cerny confirms that PS5 users can buy "certain M2 SSDs on the open market, which you can install in the bay on the PS5."
These are the big 'ol specs folks, and the new console war has begun. We can now directly compare the PS5 to the Xbox Series X. As stated earlier this week, the Xbox Series X is rocking: 8x Cores @ 3.8 GHz (3.66 GHz w/ SMT) Custom Zen 2 CPU, with a 12 TFLOPS, 52 CUs @ 1.825 GHz Custom RDNA 2 GPU, with 16GB GDDR6 memory, with 1TB of internal SSD storage. The new Xbox will enter the arena with a faster CPU, roughly the same memory, and 175GB less SSD storage space out of the box. We've reached out to Sony to see if the 825GB figure is merely pointing out usable space, or is indeed the correct storage figure.
Right now we still don't have a firm release date or a price. That's yet to come, and as I've said in the past, we're currently witnessing a Cold War of who will blink first.