The PlayStation 4 has been an exceptional performance for Sony for the past six years. But by December 2020, it will be forced to retire by the soon-to-be-released successor Playstation 5.
We are starting to hear enough rumors about the PS5 to understand better what the new console will change, improve, and stay the same. That’s why we’ve put together this PS5 vs. PS4 showdown to find out if new buyers will have to wait for a new console on the block or go with an older, more installed machine.
Release date and price
A specific date has been revealed on the Playstation 5 Showcase. Also, it revealed the prices for both the gaming consoles – Regular Playstation 5 & Playstation 5 digital.
Playstation 5 will release on November 12 & November 19 for the rest of the world. PS5 Disk Version will cost $499 & Playstation 5 Digital Version will cost $399.
Preorders for Playstation 5 began on 17 September. You can still Pre-Order the console if you haven’t yet.
Playstation 5 VS Playstation 4 Specs
The PlayStation 4 runs on an 8-core AMD x86-64 Jaguar CPU, with a frequency of 1.6GHz for the base console and 2.13GHz for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Depending on that model, 8GB RAM and 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB storage are added.
The PS5 has been confirmed to use a custom AMD Zen 3 Processor, which will enable features like 3D audio, 4K video at 120K fps, and video output up to 8K. Regarding storage, we are expecting a new type of “customized ultra-fast SSD.” Needless to say, this will make a big difference in PS5 vs. PS4 performance.
A customized version of the new AMD Radeon GPU can also be found in the PS5: an upgrade of the AMD Radeon GPU found in the PS4. This new graphics card will enable Ray Tracing.
The PS4 used a Blu-ray Disc drive for its physical media input, and the PS5 will do just that. However, unless you have a 4K TV or a 4K monitor, the PS5 will have a 4K-compatible Blu-ray drive, allowing for UHD gaming and multimedia.
Playstation 5 VS Playstation 4 Design
PS4 (Slim) and PS4 Pro both have the same design aesthetics as the console-flavored sandwich. The Pro is thick, but everyone is sitting on similar footprints in their AV cabinet.
However, for the PlayStation 5 company, the white departure represents an element that looks better than the flat, sitting on the main bed, with these elements and the form factor. It has blades on both sides, and it must be said that it looks more like a cooling unit than a console. The irony is that cooling is likely the main reason for both its style and size.
The patented design shows that the console can adapt to the new V-shaped design so that the console stays cool while operating. It still has the usual disk drives and ports but newer, much larger size.
Games & Accessories
Unfortunately, unlike the Xbox One, most PlayStation 4 games are not compatible with the PS5. There will be a long list of working titles, but Sony is currently committed to only 100 or more games compatible.
Update: Sony has said in a blog post that it will support all the PS4 Games Except 10 Games.
The PS4 has a long list of great unique games, including Bloodborne, God of War, Till Dawn, Uncharted 4, and more. Thankfully, you’ll still be able to play the game on your PS5 (more on that in a minute). As for the PS5 game, it is safe to assume that most of the games announced in late 2020 will launch on Sony’s new console.
One accessory that we are happy to see is the media remote. Dedicated remote control for PS5 will help navigate through streaming service and Blu-ray playback.
PS5 vs. PS4 controller
Sony has been refining its dual shock controller for almost five generations now (counting the PS5), so don’t expect any changes to be too drastic. The PS5 controller should look like a more sophisticated version of the DualShock 4. Based on the leaked images, this seems otherwise true except for the port placement and the controller’s total size.
There may be some new toys on the DualShock 5. Wired claims that the next PlayStation controller will have a built-in microphone, as well as an improved mess feature and touch triggers, which will give you more merged control over the game you’re playing.
PS5 vs. PS4 Memory and storage
RAM will also make a difference in the number of faster processes, and each console can handle it simultaneously.
The PS4 and Pro models each include 8GB of DDR5 RAM, while the PS5 expands the previous 16GBDDR6.
Storage will also make a big difference considering its use in the PS5.
The base model of the PS4 includes 500GB of HDD storage, while the enhanced version is up to 1TB, similar to the one found in the PS4 Pro. And although the PlayStation 5 will come with the same storage capacity – 865GB – instead, it will have SSD technology, which reads and writes much faster times, loading in seconds both when the game starts and during play.
Many PlayStation consoles can be upgraded to increase capacity, either internally using a third-party drive or using an external hard drive via USB.
PS5 vs. PS4 special features
The PSVR headset will work with the new console and the PS4, so if you are a VR fan, there is no reason to stick to the old console. There may be a newer version called PSVR2, which will probably work with PS5 at full potential.
Cloud gaming is on the rise. Now that the PS4 has PlayStation Now, the announced partnership between Sony and Microsoft to improve their cloud streaming capabilities could signal something bigger on the PS5.
One rumor claims that the PS5 and the rival Xbox Series X feature both built-in cameras. Unlike the previous camera perimeters sold alongside the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, which were created for gaming purposes, these cameras will help stream the game: an entertainment that has garnered popularity throughout the life of the PS4.
Similar to the Xbox’s compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant, PlayStation has patented digital support called “PlayStation Assistant.” It can come on the PS5 as a comprehensive way to control the console with your voice.
PS5 vs. PS4 Processing and graphics
The PS5 represents the next generation leap in technology, so the processing units and GPUs used in the PS4 models are more advanced.
All three consoles use a custom AMD CPU – PS3, PS4 Pro, and PS5 – but the process potential is greatly improved as you move into the family.
The PS4 and PS4 Pro-Sport both adopt the same octa-core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” chipset, while the PlayStation 5 adopts a recently created processor based on AMD’s octa-core Zen2 design. It runs at 3.5 GHz per core for starters, which is much faster than the current-gen options.
For graphics, this is even more diverse. While the Radeon chips feature all, the standard PS4 has a GPU of 1.84 TFLOPS, the PS4 Pro is enabled at 4.20 TFLOPS, while the PS5 has 10.28 TFLOPS.
Basically, the PS4 is most convenient on the Max 1080p, whereas the ps4 pro outputs 4K at 30 fps. PlayStation 5, on the other hand, is capable of full 4K 60 fps gaming, even 120fps somewhere in the lineup. There is also the possibility of an 8K resolution, although it will not be presented or useful at launch.
The game also has the ability to use ray tracing visual technology, which results in accurate lighting. PS4 models are not compatible with that relatively new tech.
While Sony is keen to include only Blu-ray decks on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, the latter is capable of 4K HDR video playback but has decided to add a full 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player the PlayStation 5. Better late than never.
Naturally, there is no drive in the PS5 digital version.
With the Pro and PS5, all 4K HDR-enabled consoles will have access to or access numerous video and music streaming services. The standard PS4 has HDR capabilities, but they are locked at 1080p.
As we can see, there is a significant upgrade to the last generation of gaming consoles. PS5 will be a worthy upgrade because it will have ray tracing, SSD, a better processor, and a Dual Sense Controller.
We all now have to wait until the holiday season is upon us.