PlayStation 5 or PS5 is said to be available for pre-order in Malaysia on Nov 19. However, there is a possibility that it will be delayed even further due to the rise of COVID-19 cases that could potentially affect the industrial progress here in our country as well as abroad. Of course, this is just an assumption we make since the situation is not getting any better at the time of writing. Even if it may seem that way, we must cling to a ray of hope that it will come to our doorstep and brings us joy. As they say, the best will come to those who wait. All we are trying to say is do not place your highest hopes on the 19th of November. Because if it were to be delayed, at least you are going to be less hurt waiting for that Sony’s latest console.

With the console’s release and reviews going out here and there, many have called and asked if the PS5 is available for pre-order, the price of the console, and so on. Hate to break it to you, we are not sure of the exact time, date, and of course the price, but we can definitely say that it will be available at a handful of selected Sony Centre(s) and authorized retail stores. Of course, we are going to sell it when it arrives here (Sony Centre Vivacity Megamall) or available for pre-ordering, the latter usually comes first. From learning and researching what the PS5 has looked like and what hardware it uses, we can share the details with you, our audience, who are reading this to kill time or maybe to get a little bit more insight about that console.

Let’s get with the specs first

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

In turn, this will also reduce strains on the RAM by pouring needless data into it and waste bits of data time only to put it out again. In addition, Sony has gone through great lengths to create a catalyst that speeds up and reduces bottlenecks whenever data is accessed from the SSD. What’s special about the SSD is that it was also a custom-built piece of hardware specially made for the PS5. It is really fast and even faster than the PS4 by 100 times. Even Epic Games claims that the PS5 is so fast the developer had to redo their Unreal Engine 5 demo to take full advantage of it. Now we cannot wait to experience it ourselves once it hits the store.

Key facts about the SSD of the PS5:

  • Can I buy another SSD from a computer shop or online store if I feel like the SSD inside the PS5 is too small? No, only authorize SSDs from and by Sony can be used on the PS5.
  • How fast is fast? Its speed can be compared to a high-end desktop, the first it is kind in the console world.

Not only does the PS5 equipped itself with a custom SSD, its CPU and GPU are also customs made as well. The CPU is based on AMD Zen-2 architecture capped at 3.5Ghz. After a few diggings of our own, the CPU is very similar to the AMD’s desktop APUs, Ryzen 7 4700GE whose base clock is at 3.1GHz with the capability to boost up to 4.3GHz, cooled with the best and more pricey coolers of course in order to maintain the said boost clock. But we understand why Sony decided to capped that custom Zen-2 chip at 3.5GHz – thermals and cooling in that slim PS5 chassis.

As we have said before, the PS5 performs rather quiet compared to the previous console. Thanks to its cooling capability. Instead of focusing on the kind of fan to use to cool the CPU, Sony uses liquid metal instead of a traditional thermal paste as a better heat transition to the copper pipes. Liquid metal is known for its efficiency in heat transfer and helps to control the temperature effectively.

This unique paste was first used on desktop PC and now Sony is using it on their console for the first time ever in console history. However, liquid metal is also known for short-circuiting transistor neighboring the CPU socket due to spills outside the surface of the CPU. But the tech giant diffused a plan to fully utilize liquid metal without endangering other electrical components, in which they created a piece of unknown material and placed that special stuff (a square like a ring) around the sides of the CPU, and only then the liquid metal can be safely put onto the chip.

With that CPU in place, the GPU is another thing that makes the PS5 interesting. The GPU is also custom-built by AMD based on the latest RDNA 2 architecture, in which AMD recently announced their latest graphics card with the same architecture, in their RX 6000 series card. This custom GPU is capable of outputting 4K graphics in 120 fps with ease. Unlike the PS4, it is just upscaling the game’s resolution close to 4K territory…HDR is real though, depends on the game. As many of you have seen, Unreal Engine released a demo specifically to the PS5 and its graphics are just simply astonishing. The way each frame transition to another frame is buttery smooth as if 4K resolution can easily be gamed on without breaking a sweat. Even the God Rays (Volumetric Light Scattering) in the demo looks as if it was real to the eyes.

With this kind of performance, the PS5 can easily game at ease with new games to play and explore, even your current PS4 games. Take note that not all PS4 games can be supported, selected ones only. However, do not take our word for it. Just wait for official reviews and statements from Sony.

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What’s new about this GPU is that it can also do ray tracing, similar to Nvidia’s ray tracing graphics from their RTX cards. Not only do these advanced graphics introduced to desktop PCs, now you can experience it on the PS5 at a fraction of the cost! As you know that Nvidia’s RTX cards are very expensive to people whose income is average like me and colleagues at work. Anyway, its VRAM is 16GB makes it ample space to produce graphics without any hiccups. That’s more than half the VRAM that my GPU has! Ha-ha.

As you all have heard and seen, the PS5 design is nothing like its predecessors. It is long, wide and it looks heavier too than the PS4 Pro. The first time seeing the PS5, in the picture, standing reminds me of Eye of Sauron in Lord of The Rings. Anyway, enough fantasy talking, let’s get into the design a little deeper.

Sony decided to go with that design for practicality. It has openings at the top for the cooling fans to get air from. The 2 sides (white-colored panels) can be opened to access the insides of the PS5 revealing how it was assembled and how the cooling works. The console can be placed vertically and also horizontally. But we recommend a vertical position to optimize cooling. Again, paying attention to details rewards you in awe as the white panels have been engraved to tiny Triangles, Xs, Squares, and Os, the PlayStation iconic symbols. Sony has never done this to their consoles before, not that we know of.

Just by looking at it makes the console feel like a better performer than its predecessor. To add something that is also as impressive by the performance output capability of the PS5 is that it can produce and game in 8K graphics, provided that the TV or monitor is in 8K resolution. Usually, if you are playing a game in 4K, especially in PS4, you could hear the cooling fans ramping up speed to cool the machine down, but not in this case for the PS5. Based on the early review videos posted on YouTube by reviewers from Japan, they claimed, on camera, that the PS5 is quiet with the game (Astro’s Playroom) still on.

The PS5 is now equipped with the fastest storage, which is an SSD. Compared to a traditional mechanical hard drive, booting up and launching into a game will take much lesser time to do so. This approach helps game developers to create an open world big instead of smaller ones to accommodate the time to load from an SSD. On the other hand, HDD will limit the time to load open-world games to a smaller radius until players reach a certain point in the game, only then it will load another surface data of the game.

What is also new with the PS5 is that Sony introduces a new controller, called Dual Sense. They did not continue the Dual Shock legacy is because inside the new controller is a whole new system. It does not have the same dual motors as the previous ones. Its haptic feedback was designed entirely differently. Much more effective in its responsiveness as well as it is able to make you feel like you are one with the game through special vibrations that it created. To be honest, it is not really easy to explain as we ourselves have yet to experience it. For now, a review is the best we can refer you to. Look up Dave Lee on YouTube. He also calls himself Dave2D. The YouTuber gave his outmost focus on reviewing the Dual Sense controller as well as his satisfying feeling towards it. It was phenomenal.

Now, the games that are to be released for the PS5 – we managed to get info on the newest games or remakes the PS5 will play upon and quite a surprise, it is more than 5. Plenty of time to play till they introduce newer games in the future. Horizon Forbidden West is a sequel to the PS4 game, Horizon Zero Dawn. A game like this is what most gamers would look for, an open world. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to be the next exciting Spider-Man game from the PS4, one of the best games to swing around tall buildings and fighting crime. Loved it!

Old game titles from previous PS generation has also emerged, Demon’s Souls, an RPG game that will make gamers off their seats in excitement. Resident Evil franchise is also making their game for the PS5, Resident Evil 8: Village. This will make everyone running all fears through their bodies. Thanks, Capcom. Grand Auto 5…yes, we know this game has been out since the beginning of time but the developers decided to release it again for the PS5 with expanded missions and maps as well as enhanced. Also, the game that knows no bounds, that brings out the driver in you, that gives you the thrill of speed; we present to you Gran Turismo 7…or Gran Turismo Motorsport 2. They have not given us the official name but we will call it that at the moment.

Not too long ago, Final Fantasy XVI will be released as well as a new title to the console gaming world, Hogwarts Legacy (a Harry Potter RPG). Other than that, they have Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, Five Nights at Freddy’s and God of War: Ragnarök (coming into 2021). All have been confirmed to be released as PS5 games.

Another interesting part with the release of the PS5 is Sony’s latest Bravia TV, specifically build for the latest console. The model is the X9000H or X90H for short. This TV is capable of producing 4K 120fps making it super compatible with the PS5 thanks to the HDMI 2.1 port on both devices.

It has an input lag of less than 7.5ms. Full array LED and X-tended Dynamic Range that brings “lifelike contrast” and helps maintain color accuracy and true-to-life hue, while X-Motion Clarity reduces blur. Even though it may seem not as impressive as a gaming monitor today, the TV does not lack in other things in terms of the role of a TV. This particular model can support Dolby Vision, better than HDR10Plus found in other brands. It can even support Dolby Atmos sound quality.

Key facts about the PS5:

  • Can the Dual Shock 4 be used on the PS5? Yes, it can. But only to PS4 games.
  • Can the PS5 support the current VR that was designed for the PS4? Yes, the latest console can support the current PSVR.
  • How many versions does the PS5 have? The PS5 comes in 2 versions, Console Edition and Digital Edition.
  • Can the PS5 play Blu-ray discs? Yes, as long as it is the Console Edition and not the Digital Edition.
  • Can the PS5 support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos? No on both. For audio on gaming, Sony opts for Tempest 3D AudioTech. The PS5 is compatible with all types of 3.5mm jack and USB headphones.

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