7 Key Differences Between the PS4 and PS5

After being released in 2013, the PS4 has done quite well for itself over the last several years. However, as 2020 progresses, Sony’s PS4 will soon be forced to retire from the ranks of consoles. Taking its place will be its soon to be released successor, the PS5.

While all of the precise details of the newest console are sparse, one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that the next-gen console is sure to be a welcome upgrade. However, it can sometimes be challenging to figure out precisely what is different in each update and how they compare to previous consoles. 

This is why we decided to put together a quick comparison of the PS4 and PS5 to help gamers understand some of the key differences between the two. From upgrades in graphics and hardware, the PS5 is sure to please players of all backgrounds. Take a look at some of the key differences between the PS4 and PS5 below and let us know in the comments what you’re most looking forward to.

Price

While we don’t know what the exact price of the PS5 will be just yet, we can make an estimate based on previous consoles. With the current PS4 Slim currently priced at $290 and the PS4 Pro priced at $349 (both configured with 1TB of storage), the PS5 will likely be priced at around $499. But with many details yet to be released, the PS5 may arrive with a couple of different pricing options.

Design

While the PS4 went for a slim approach to its design, patent designs suggest the PS5 could be taking a drastically different approach. While its final design is unknown as of yet, the PS5 appears to be adopting a V-shaped configuration, and it’s speculated that the new model will help with keeping the console cool while being used. For those curious, the PS5 will still have a disc drive and the usual ports, but the overall console will feature a much more different shape this time around.

Specifications

There’s no denying that the PS4 was a favorite among many generations of gamers. With its convincing GPU/CPU combo, the PS4 managed to respectively compete with the likes of many other consoles that offered several other features. While the PS4 was still able to produce smooth 60FPS content, though missing 4K graphics, it appears as though the PS5 will be a complete upgrade.

Let’s take a look at what we currently know about the specs of the PS5:

  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz with RDNA 2 architecture
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 256-bit interface, 448GB/s bandwidth
  • Storage: Custom 825GB SSD with 5.5GB/s, typical 8-9GB/s
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot, USB HDD support
  • Optical: 4K UHD Blu Ray drive
  • Visuals: Native 4K 120Hz + 8K
  • Audio: Tempest 3D

As you can see, with a built-in SSD and an improved CPU/GPU, the PS5 is already quite the improvement. Not only that, but the PS5 will also support 8K content and will load games much faster compared to the PS4 Pro. Though the speeds of the GPU and CPU in the PS5 are yet to be determined, the overall specs are an upgrade.

Controller

It’s hard to imagine any drastic changes coming to the PS5 controller, but Sony has never been one to find new ways to improve upon their DualShock controllers. While you shouldn’t expect any significant changes, the PS5 controller will likely be a much more refined version of the PS4 version. However, it’s possible that Sony could forgo making any significant changes to the controller entirely and could possibly add new features such as a built-in microphone and perhaps tactile triggers.

Interface

As PlayStation fans are aware, the interface changed quite a bit in the move from the PS3 to the PS4. It’s unlikely that any significant changes will be made to the system’s interface, but smaller sets of changes are quite possible. Fans should expect to see subtle changes in the interface’s menus or app sections to help make navigation a bit easier for users.

Games

As with every new console release, the list of available games starts small and eventually expands over time. However, Sony has some of the best titles exclusive only to the PlayStation, which means fans can expect an abundant future of next-gen games for the PS5. Based on the exclusive PS4 Pro games that are currently available, we can assess plenty of new adaptations and sequels from games such as God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, and The Last of Us. The highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake is also still set to be a PS4 timed exclusive.

It’s also worth mentioning that the PS5 will be offering backward compatibility, which means fans of the PS4 will be able to join in on the fun. Since most PS4 games are developed similarly to that of the PS5, gamers won’t have to worry about missing out on any of the great games that the PS4 has to offer. Sony has also mentioned that the PS5 will provide support for the majority of the top PS4 games.

Special Features

While special features included on the PS5 have been kept under lock-and-key, there are a couple of features that fans will be excited to hear about. For PS4 users, the PSVR headset will work on the PS5, but there will also be a newer version that will be exclusive to the PS5. Additionally, with the PS4 taking advantage of PlayStation Now, the PS5 may look to improve upon Sony’s cloud gaming capabilities with its recent partnership with Microsoft. Lastly, fans will also be pleased to hear that the recently patented “PlayStation Assist” could be available on the PS5, making functionality a breeze for all users.

Overall

While there are a considerable amount of upgrades to be expected with the PS5 once it’s released, PS4 users won’t be left entirely in the wind. The PS4 will still be a perfectly fine piece of gaming equipment for you to enjoy without feeling like you’re missing out on a considerable amount of action - especially with its impressive game library. However, with the upgrades in hardware, functionality, and other capabilities, the PS5 is certainly worth the investment.

What are your thoughts on the soon to be released PS5? Will you be upgrading from your current system? Let us know in the comments below.

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