While many of us own both a console and a PC, there are many who stand firmly behind the PC for all gaming activities because of superior graphics. I personally enjoy consoles being the great equaliser for those who can't afford to keep up with the latest tech but again, achieving peak graphics isn't really my priority. But a new leak suggests the PlayStation 5 might be about to change all that.
Sony has said during a corporate presentation that the keywords for the PlayStation 5 will be "immersive" and "seamless". And while game designers will have a big role to play, the new hardware Sony showed off to a select audience will go a long way to achieving those goals with performance that leaves the PS4 in its dust.
The PlayStation 5 is speculated to be a graphics-processing beast, according to known Twitter leaker, Komachi_Ensaka.
BREAKING: THIS IS PS5. According to this leak- the GPU will be clocked at an insane 2ghz.
This equates to 9.2 TF on the RDNA architecture. Or roughly 14 TF on the GCN Architecture aka over double the power of the X1X. Almost RTX2080 power.
In English: it's very powerful https://t.co/09rB49ugBT
— Is A Parrot (@isaparrot) August 13, 2019
The graphics-processing unit (GPU) is expected to clock out at 2GHz, double that of the PS4 Pro, and allegedly approaching the power of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, according to another gamer on Twitter, IsAParrot.
The RTX 2080 Ti is a high-powered GPU many gaming users opt for due to its high performance but it retails for more than a grand. The main takeaway, as IsAParrot puts it, is it's "very powerful."
This means while PlayStation consoles have largely lagged behind the power of PC graphics for years, this might be about to change when the next-gen console arrives in November 2020.
It goes without saying that the above tweets need to be taken with a massive chunk of salt - we have no way of knowing where the leaks came from or whether they are remotely legitimate. With that said, official statements from Sony do hint at something extremely powerful.
Earlier this year, Sony revealed the performance between the PS4 Pro and the upcoming next-gen console (AKA the PS5):
Sony's official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019
It described it would be "immersive" and "seamless".
"The experience created by dramatically increased graphics rendering speeds, achieved through the employment of further improved computational power and a customized ultra-fast, broadband SSD," Sony said in May.
Let's hope this leak is accurate because we'll finally be getting the incredible graphics PCs manage to achieve with gaming for (hopefully) a fraction of the price. Fingers crossed!
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