PlayStation 5 Tech Specs Revealed, Features Backwards Compatibility

This morning, Sony finally delivered on key details for their next generation console set to launch later this year (maybe); all about the internal specifications.

Sony offered more details on the PlayStation 5 today thanks to a very, very dry technical livestream. While they still haven’t shown off what the console will look like and only promised games will be shown off later, the presentation did provide gamers with a deeper look at the hardware specs INSIDE the upcoming machine.

On paper, the specs seem to all a bit short of the previously revealed Xbox Series X hardware. The big draw is the Solid State Drive that will allow for far quicker download speeds, hopefully making those ridiculous patch/updates a thing of the past. Even better, PS5 owners will be able to swap up/upgrade the SSD with off the shelf ones if they so choose.

For those curious about whether or not it will be backwards compatible….you can rest a bit easier. The PS5 will be able to play PS4/Pro titles, though don’t expect all of them to be available at once:

“We’re excited to confirm that the backwards compatibility features are working well. We recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we’re expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5. With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time.”

The nice thing here is that you’ll be able to load up your older games on an external drive and be able to load them from there without having to use up the PS5’s space for those. There’s no mention of any backwards compatibility from earlier PlayStation generations and from what I’ve heard…don’t get your hopes up for that either. It’s kind of a bummer, especially considering how strong Xbox has been about backwards compatibility, but I’m hoping they’ll come up with something better than PSNow for older games for this new console.

Now we’ve seen what both the next-gen consoles have to offer in terms of hardware (though I’m flabbergasted that Sony has yet to actually SHOW the PS5). I’m not big on tech specs and comparisons, though I know hardcore fans on either side are currently gnashing teeth over these. I’m ready to see the games. With E3 off the cards now, let’s hope we see these games come to light over the next few months to give gamers a better idea of which system they want.

As of now, the PS5 is slated to arrive this “Holiday Season.” What do you think of these newly revealed specs?