Sony considered PlayStation 5 variant with lower specifications

Sony has considered making a cheaper PlayStation 5 variant with lower specifications, just like Microsoft is doing with the Xbox Series S. However, according to Sony, such consoles have not been successful in history.

Sony PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan says this in an interview with the Japanese AV Watch. According to the CEO, cheaper consoles with lesser specifications have not achieved good results in history. Ryan says the PlayStation division has considered such a console, but is not venturing it because the company has also seen “how problematic that is.”

According to Sony, gamers want to use a console for four to seven years. Sony therefore states that it wants to make hardware that can last a long time and that it does not want to make a console that will be outdated in a few years.

Sony, like Microsoft, will release two next-gen consoles in November, but the PlayStation 5 and the Digital Edition have the same specifications. The only difference is the lack of the disk drive in the latter version, which is also a hundred euros cheaper.

With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft opts for a top model and a two hundred euros cheaper Xbox Series S, which has considerably less graphics processing power. Microsoft states that games on the Series S benefit from all new techniques, but that this console is made for gaming at lower resolutions, up to 1440p.

Console Xbox Series X Xbox Series S. PlayStation 5 PlayStation 5
Digital Edition
Processor 8 custom Zen 2 cores with smt 8 custom Zen 2 cores with smt 8 custom Zen 2 cores with smt 8 custom Zen 2 cores with smt
CPU speed 3.8GHz (3.66GHz with smt) 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with smt) 3.5GHz (variable) 3.5GHz (variable)
Storage 1TB, ‘custom NVMe-PCIe 4.0-ssd’ 512GB, ‘custom NVMe-PCIe 4.0-ssd’ 825GB, ‘custom PCIe 4.0 SSD’ 825GB, ‘custom PCIe 4.0 SSD’
SSD speed 2.4GB / s (raw), 4.8GB / s (compressed) 2.4GB / s (raw), 4.8GB / s (compressed) 5.5GB / s (raw), 9GB / s (compressed) 5.5GB / s (raw), 9GB / s (compressed)
Storage expansion 1TB SSD expansion (proprietary) 1TB SSD expansion (proprietary) Selected NVMe SSDs Selected NVMe SSDs
GPU 52 compute units 1825MHz 20 compute units
36 compute units 2.23GHz (variable) 36 compute units 2.23GHz (variable)
GPU architecture Custom RDNA 2 Custom RDNA 2 Custom RDNA 2 Custom RDNA 2
GPU computing power 12.15 Flops 4Tflops 10.28 Flops 10.28 Flops
Target resolution and fps 4k @ 60fps
Maximum 120fps
1440p @ 60fps
Maximum 120fps
4k @ 60fps
Maximum 120fps
4k @ 60fps
Maximum 120fps
Memory 16GB GDDR6, 320bit 10GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6, 256bit 16GB GDDR6, 256bit
Memory speed 10GB @ 560GB / s
6GB @ 336GB / s
8GB @ 224Gbit / s
2GB @ 56GB / s
448GB / s 448GB / s
Nutrition 315W? Unknown 350W 340W
Disc drive Ultra HD Blu-ray No Ultra HD Blu-ray No
Connection HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1
MSRP 500 euro 300 Euro 500 euro 400 euros
Release date November 10 November 10 November 19th November 19th