Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
For many gamers, it has been a long seven-year wait between the release of the PS4 and PS5. While the PS4 Pro model was a popular stopgap that offered 4K resolution and several other upgrades, many were clamoring for a true next-generation console from Sony. That's why the PS5 news of a new release, just in time for the 2020 holidays, garnered much attention.
The Sony PlayStation PS5 console has a slick black-and-white design with futuristic curves. It comes in two different models: the standard PS5 and the less expensive PS5 Digital Edition. This overview focuses on the Digital Edition and its differences from the standard PS5.
PS5 Digital Edition Specs and Storage
The PS5 Digital Edition's key specs are as follows:
- Processor: Custom third-generation AMD Ryzen 8-core processor up to 3.5 GHz
- Graphics Card: 2.23 GHz Radeon video card with AMD’s RDNA 2 engine
- PS5 Storage: 12-channel solid state hard drive (SSD) with 825 gigabyte capacity
- PS5 Controller: Next-generation DualSense wireless controller with realistic haptic feedback
- Memory: 16 GBs of GDDR6 RAM
- Connectivity: It features the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, and built-in gigabit Ethernet. It also has one standard USB Type A port, two USB Type A Super Speed ports, and one USB Type C port to attach external hard drives, headsets, and other peripherals.
PS5 Digital Edition Design
The PS5 Digital Edition has a black base and body with a white wraparound cover. There are hints of blue in the PlayStation logo and in the lights that show the console is on and operating.
As part of the PS5 design, you get a base stand that lets you orient the console either horizontally or vertically. Unlike the standard version, the Digital Edition does not have an HD Blu-ray drive integrated into the top cover. Eliminating the drive results in a design that is slightly thinner and has a more streamlined look.
PS5 Compared to PS5 Digital
Both the standard PS5 and Digital Edition use a specialized version of AMD's third-generation Ryzen CPUs. These chips feature eight processing cores with 16 threads for hyperthreaded processing. The processor can achieve a maximum speed of 3.5 GHz on each core.
The systems also feature AMD’s advanced Radeon graphics cards with the latest RDNA 2 engines for advanced graphics generation. This technology features accelerated ray tracing and speeds up to 2.23 GHz to rapidly render realistic visuals in 4K or 8K depending upon your screen’s max resolution.
Beyond the physical Blu-ray drive, or lack thereof in the Digital Edition, the other differences are rather minor. They include:
- Power usage: The PS5 Digital Edition uses 10 watts less power than the standard model (340 watts vs. 350 watts).
- Weight: The PS5 Digital Edition is also slightly lighter than the standard model at 8.5 pounds versus 11 pounds.