PlayStation 5: A Faster SSD Than In PCs?

After the Xbox Series X started leaking yesterday (and in a bad way, no less), it was a question of time to see the PlayStation 5 following suit.

„Despite reports that the PS5 is going to have an SSD with „raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs” it looks like the prototype Xbox Series X consoles will have very much last-gen SSD speeds. A LinkedIn post from a former Phison employee has detailed the SSD controller that was installed into the Xbox Scarlett, and it’s a chip that only supports sequential read/write speeds equivalent to a standard PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive. The Phison PS5019-E19T is a budget SSD controller that’s been designed specifically to connect over the PCIe 4.0 interface, doesn’t use a DRAM cache chip, and because it’s essentially been based on a PCIe 3.0 controller doesn’t have the performance we’d expect from a pure strain PCIe 4.0 device.

Microsoft may still drop a speedier controller into the mix, but realistically when you compare it to any console in existence today even the budget Phison controller will deliver storage performance exponentially faster than anything currently available. Just not compared to the PC. Or potentially the PS5 which looks like it will be getting a Samsung SSD and controller. And we know how fast Samsung’s new PCIe 4.0 drives will be with the Samsung 980 Pro SSD getting outed at CES with almost twice the rated sequential performance of the Phison controller. that could be where the differentiation between the two next-gen consoles lies. With both running similar AMD technologies inside them it looks like Microsoft is aiming for a faster GPU and Sony a speedier SSD,” PCGamesN’s Dave James says.

The PlayStation 5’s presentation event is rumoured to happen in February. On Reddit, we saw the following image:

A private event on February 29, at 7 PM in Sony Hall. However, that is not in San Francisco but New York! It goes against the San Francisco rumours. Still, we might get answers there. It’s about time for that to happen.

The PlayStation 5 will launch this Holiday season for an unknown price.

Source: PSU

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