TECH NEWS – Austin Evans, a YouTuber, has built a configuration with currently available hardware to get what the PlayStation 5 (or the Xbox Project Scarlett) could potentially be at the end of next year.
We already mostly know what hardware will be seen in the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox (neither has an official name yet), both promising 8K resolution, as well as significantly lowered (or almost non-existent) loading times thanks to the SSD usage. Evans – knowing that AMD’s CPU and GPU will be the core of the consoles’ hardware – has theoretically built his custom PlayStation 5 by taking an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, an AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics card, an Aorus NVMe Gen4 SSD, as well as 16 GB of DDR4 memory. (Of course, he had to take a motherboard and a power supply, too, but we have to ignore these hardware components.)
He installed Windows 10 on this PC (because that’s what it is…), and then he started reducing the clock speed of the CPU to have a similar performance to the PlayStation 5. Then, he started testing the games (Metro: Exodus, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Fortnite), and he thinks that despite the 4K resolution, sixty frames per second could be mostly achieved on it, as most games have achieved 60 FPS, but there were some dips here and there. Evans thinks that if the developers wanted it, 4K/60 FPS would be achievable.
Evans says – aside from the custom AMD hardware – the Xbox Project Scarlett (launching in Holiday 2020), as well as the PlayStation 5 (possibly launching near the Xbox), will both use custom SSDs and memory modules, but the console configuration can be built with currently available hardware. However, in the summer of 2020, there will be better hardware for sale, and these components will cost less. (This config is near a thousand dollars, and the consoles will likely cost half as much.)