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that it wants to make hardware that can last a long time and that it does not want to make a console that will be outdated in a few years.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
|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
|1440p @ 60fps
|4k @ 60fps
|4k @ 60fps
|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|
|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|