Up For Debate - What Will the PlayStation 5 Hardware Specs Be?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Mar 10, 2018 4:00 PM

Rumours have been swirling this week that PlayStation 5 development kits have begun to make their way into the hands of third-party developers. Numerous people have come forward to suggest this may be the case, although it’s all absolute conjecture at this point.

Assuming for a moment though that Sony does intend to release a new console in 2019 or 2020, this would be seven years after the PS4 launched. A new console by 2020 seems to be a near certainty because even though Sony is currently dominating the console market, a resurgent few months from Xbox (aided by the Xbox One X becoming the most powerful console on the market) means that might not always be the case.

If we’re to take it as truth that PS5 dev kits have begun to go out to developers, then we could also assume that Sony knows roughly what the final specs are. These could change at a moment’s notice, but they should be in the rough ballpark.

So knowing what we know, along with just how capable Microsoft’s Xbox One X is, what will Sony’s answer be? Will this be a genuine PlayStation 5, or will it just be another stop-gap like the PS4 Pro? Crucially, it’s going to be interested to see how Sony sells it as a generational leap to us. From PS2 to PS3, and to a lesser extent from PS3 to PS4, the difference was obvious. Sony has already (misleadingly) sold the PS4 Pro as a 4K console, it can’t roll out the PS5 and try and repeat the same trick.

In terms of hardware, I this is a machine that absolutely needs to be able to hit native 4K at all times, and the games also need to look better at the same time. That’s a big leap over the PS4 in terms of raw performance, and the 11 TFLOPs of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has to be the target. In two years time, this level of performance could be considerably cheaper. More importantly, though, it’s going to make a huge difference once the PS4’s crummy Jaguar CPU is in the rear-view mirror. AMD Ryzen has to be the front-runner here, and it’s going to make a huge difference to make consoles are even capable of, including higher player counts, denser environments, and enhanced AI. I suspect the PS5 will be an 8-core CPU with multithreading, and it should be paired with at least 16GB memory.

Before I get carried away with all of this though, what hardware do you think will be in the PlayStation 5? And can it provide a generational leap over the PS4 Pro?

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09:18 Mar-19-2018

outdated, that's what it will be

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10:38 Mar-19-2018

Why would it be outdated?

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11:22 Mar-19-2018

as soon as a new console comes out, the hardware is dated. It's not like it's going to come out with the latest gpu and cpu combination.

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17:46 Mar-19-2018

There are two times when a hardware is dated.
First when said hardware does NOT have the functionality(instructions) of the latest hardware.
Second when the performance is lower than even the weakest current hardware on the market.


The PS4 standard came out with a hd7850-hd7870 GPU performance equivalent and slightly better due to the more asynchronous compute units in the chip, which for 2013 when the hd7970 was the best AMD had to offer for desktop, for an integrated GPU that was great.

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17:49 Mar-19-2018

The Xbox One X came out with a GPU as good as or slightly better than the rx 580 when AMD has to offer is Vega 64, for an integrated GPU that's great.


And on top of that the consoles cost/costed less than twice the MSRP of the GPUs alone.


When the PS4 came out for 400$ the hd7870 costed 250-270$.

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17:51 Mar-19-2018

Yeah they screwed up on the CPU part, but problem was that AMD did NOT have a power efficient enough CPU back then, this has all changed with Ryzen now and Ryzen 3000/Zen2 at 7nm will probably consume 35W for a 4 core/8 thread at 3.5Ghz if what GloFo said about 7nm reaching 5Ghz being true, of course, that's just an educated guess, if they increase the transistor count per core a lot it might still be 65W at 3.5Ghz, but then the IPC will be higher, so it would be ran at lower clock speeds and achieve the same performance and probably better efficiency as well.

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19:53 Mar-15-2018

For an average person it should be around 400$(+-25$) to hit the spot.
Yes! it has to be a massive leap from the present gen at least in terms of raw processing power.
and so, I suspect it may shipped with
Ryzen based 8 core 16 thread CPU @3.6 Ghz (cooling's the issue with higher clocks)
a Vega 64 based GPU with a dedicated 8Giggs of Vram
16GB ram and at least 1TB of storage

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19:57 Mar-15-2018

Your way of thinking is bad. You are thinking current hardware, actually old hardware(2016 or should be 2016).


In 2020 we will have 7nm and even 7nm+, which 7nm(+) process node should(and most likely will) allow mid-range GPUs such as the gtx1080 and Vega 64 to be small, power efficient and cheap, then a 4 core/8 thread Zen2 7nm(+) at higher clock speeds will be a better bet as it would be a lot cheaper due to it's almost 2x times smaller die size than an 8 core/16 thread and a 4 core/8 thread Zen2 with good optimization will be perfect and yes 16GB GDDR5 RAM, 10GB for the system and 6GB for the GPU would be perfectly enough.

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20:01 Mar-15-2018

I would suspect that the PS5 would likely use 16+ gigs of GDDR6 for both system and video memory with like 2 or three gigs of DDR5 for the os and background tasks, it also could be in the cards if the 'PS5 Pro' will exist, it would use HBM2 or 3 in place of GDDR6

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20:08 Mar-15-2018

HBM is expensive compared to GDDR memory, I doubt they will use it. The 8GB HBM2 modules of the Vega GPUs cost AMD 125$ to produce and they have to sell it for profit no matter to who, for sure smaller profit margins when selling to Sony due to buying in bulk and different contracts and deals and such, but still there will be profit margins.


16GB HBM2 would be too crazy and HBM has a tendency to become more expensive with each generation(though we have had only one new generation, NOT counting the first of course), so we can't be sure.

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20:18 Mar-15-2018

It'll be cheaper when we get to 2020, and obviously if Sony has a more 'premium' versions n of the PS5, it will cost more, so that will more than offset the cost of stacked memory

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11:02 Mar-16-2018

ryzen 8core
Vega 64 based GPU 8gb this 2 hardware total cost over US$1000 above!!!


ps5 console sweet spot range US$499 below!!!

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11:21 Mar-16-2018

You're talking about end-user costs, wherein we indirectly pay for manufacturing, advertising, retail space, shipping, and the expected profits for each of these sectors. Sony would get a custom chip in a deal with AMD that would cut out almost all of this and it will be ordering millions of them at a time, driving down the costs significantly.

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16:42 Mar-16-2018

@Gtx0512
yes, but by 2020 they will be really cheap.

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18:35 Mar-16-2018

@Jon AND it will be 2x years from now on a much smaller 7nm process node and considering that AMD and especially Nvidia have set their GPUs sold to consumers at a 100-300% profit margin, instead of the previous 40-60% profit margin, they can cut the price a lot when need be.

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06:56 Mar-18-2018

nvidia will not cut price and rise alot price if they can monoploy market for your info!!!


got amd competitive price cut for consumer for your info !!!

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07:41 Mar-18-2018

that's some english right there.


Both AMD and Nvidia have overpriced the MSRP of their GPUs since 2011 and AMD started it, while Nvidia wanted it.

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12:34 Mar-15-2018

ps5 will be US$499 below


1080p 60fps high/ultra setting


custom ryzen apu
16gb ddr5 ram
6gb gpu


average consumer can only afford HD/FULL HD tv only!

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12:36 Mar-15-2018

poor man me i can only afford to buy HD tv or full HD tv during SALE discount!!!

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12:37 Mar-15-2018

4K and 1080p TVs are the same price now, here in the UK at least, and 1080p TVs have nearly been phased out entirely. You can get a 43" 4K TV for £300. If you're buying a new TV you have to go out of your way to find a 1080p display.

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13:05 Mar-15-2018

US/asia region most expensive tv 4k tv most affordable HD TV n full HD tv


i average joe earn $ low income job!!!

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17:51 Mar-15-2018

They should target 400$ really, it's the golden price it seems.

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11:22 Mar-16-2018

Right, that sounds about right to me. They're not going to try a $500+ machine anymore. The closer to the price of a decent PC you get, the more irrelevant the purchase becomes. $400 with eventual cuts to $300 and then $200 for true mass market is where the potential lies.

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08:47 Mar-15-2018

PS5 i would assume a special Ryzen APU with a RX 570 equivalent GPU in it for the system that would be able to perform 4K and have any newer game that would come out look graphically between medium to high settings in PC terms of gaming but this is what i can assume for now because i am thinking about the cost as well for the consumer and if they were to try anything higher it might cost us an arm and a leg for it.

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17:54 Mar-15-2018

Dude the PS4 Pro already has a gpu equivalent to the rx 580, though slightly lower clocked which evens it out... the Xbox One X has an even better GPU than the rx 580, though slightly lower clocked, but still better.


By 2020 and 7nm mid-range GPUs like the gtx 1080 and Vega 64 will be low-end and really small and efficient.


And they will NOT overcharge Sony like they do customers(NOT talking about the miners, just Nvidia and AMD's greed to sell a gtx1080 at 700$ MSRP(at launch) when it should have costed 250$ MSRP and hd7970 for 550$ MSRP when it should have costed 300-330$ MSRP at launch).

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23:43 Mar-14-2018

will surely be at least 12 teraflops as it wont want the embarrassment of not being at least twice as powerful as a last gen console ie. Xbox One X

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15:17 Mar-13-2018

as long as it gives me 1080p 60fps on any game, i dont care.
I'm really not that excited about 4k in general, yeah i've never seen anything in 4k as i dont have that kind of monitor or tv,
but i'll take more fps any day. What i think would really make ps5 stand out is to run games at 1080p than 60fps, like 120 or 144

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23:00 Mar-12-2018

Specs Don't concern me with the PS5 my only concern is will it have Skyrim!?

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23:39 Mar-12-2018

yes, Skyrim has basically become the Super Smash Brothers of any console that isn't made by Nintendo

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23:39 Mar-12-2018

Skyrim Special Edition Remastered

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20:02 Mar-11-2018

8 core Zen 2 processor and a Vega 64 decedent is my guess

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20:20 Mar-11-2018

I think that it would be more likely for them to put a higher clocked quad core, instead of a lower clocked 8 core.


GloFo says that with Zen2 at 7nm 5Ghz will be possible, so a 3.0-3.5Ghz Zen2 quad core with SMT would in most cases be better than a 2.0-2.5Ghz 8 core Zen2 with SMT.


And yes a GPU with performance equivalent or slightly higher than Vega64, but at 7nm and with a new architecture makes sense.


Which should be great, considering they are aiming for the 400$ price tag.

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11:13 Mar-12-2018

ps5 price can only US$499 below!!!


ur spec cost 1000 - 2000 US dollar!!!

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18:33 Mar-12-2018

dude the MSRP of Video Cards has been overpriced for the past 6 years for AMD and especially Nvidia to make more money.


The gtx 1080 came out in 2016 at an MSRP of 700$ when it truly should NOT have costed more than 250$ MSRP, the gtx 560 costed 200$ MSRP and came out in 2011 and it had a bigger die size, 332mm^2 compared to the 312mm^2 of the gtx 1080, Fermi2 had 30-40% failure rate, Pascal had less than 20% failure rate, thus cheaper and pascal was a low priority in the R&D department, while Fermi2 was an equivalent priority to Kepler, thus Pascal was again cheaper.

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18:35 Mar-12-2018

The only reason a gtx 1080 should have costed 250$ MSRP at launch and NOT 200$ MSRP is inflation and lack of competition from AMD's side.


Another example is the hd7970 which came out in 2011 for 550$ had a smaller die than the hd6970 which costed 350$ a year prior, had a much lower R&D cost(AMD admitted that they lower the R&D for GPUs since GCN significantly) and the same failure rate. So 200$ more MSRP with 1x year difference for a cheaper GPU....


The HD7970 should NOT have costed more than 300-330$ MSRP at launch.

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21:26 Mar-12-2018

I'm not saying a a Ryzen 8 core and a Vega 64, I'm saying decedents of both as an APU, 7nm will more than halve the die size of each component, Vega 20 alone will be the same size as if not smaller than that of a Polaris 10 die, this with the Ryzen die would yield an APU smaller than the die for the Xbox One X

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06:17 Mar-14-2018

well I wouldn't put an 8 core Ryzen as its die size is really big compared to a 4 core Ryzen of the time(probably Zen2 7nm or Zen2+), it will cut costs a lot and probably be higher clocked. And yes a GPU with the performance of Vega 64 makes sense.

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18:22 Mar-11-2018

Well, really, the PS5 can come out a year earlier than the Xbox Next since the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 pro. Still, why on Earth are we setting the sites low for a console with 16 GB of RAM? That is just one and a third better than the Xbox One X. It is backwards thinking. The minimum I will accept for a new console is 32 GB RAM. Yes, prices of RAM have gone up, but the console industry is used to around 16 times more RAM than the previous generation.

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18:33 Mar-11-2018

Of course, most computer systems here have more RAM than what their CPU will be able to use as GPU RAM is something that cards possess. Consoles, on the other hand, have unified ram. It might help the matter if consoles don't have the distinction.

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09:21 Mar-12-2018

I just think they're unlikely to go with excess. 16GB will do the job for now, especially if it was all GDDR6. 32GB would make the console obscenely expensive unless Sony waits long enough.

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14:06 Mar-12-2018

And here I was thinking at the beginning of this console generation that we would have 64 to 128 GB of RAM according to the leaps found in previous consoles. Manufactures must be focusing on quality over quantity. Shrinking might be too costly to produce large quantities of ram on a single stick for cheap. The demand for RAM doesn't help either. Shucks...makes me wonder what they are going to do once Silicon is tapped out for RAM.

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11:30 Mar-16-2018

RAM is just too expensive now for 32gb.In many countries,electronics are so overpriced that a console with 32gb would be so expensive that you'd rather buy for the same money a pc more powerful than that,even a prebuilt one.16gb is the sweet spot for next gen IMO.

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14:45 Mar-16-2018

Good RAM (as in, high frequency and low latency sticks) is expensive for us customers, the massive increase in pricing from the 'shortage' hasn't really hit system integrators, Sony is in another category beyond this where any ram pricing premiums don't apply to them. For the PS5 to actually be able to display games at 8k (not play, this would be upscaling to 8k from 4k for the most part), the console needs at least 16 gigs of just video memory

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08:34 Mar-11-2018

just hope ps5 console price stay at US$499 below


do not hope for high end cpu and high gpu for console!!!


console for affordable price!

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06:06 Mar-11-2018

It'll have two number 9s, a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra memory, a number 7, two number 45s, one with HBM, and a large freesync range.

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06:41 Mar-11-2018

bIg sMoKe iS tHaT yOu?

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10:27 Mar-11-2018

ate my meal too dammit

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14:21 Mar-11-2018

dammit CJ!

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14:54 Mar-11-2018

I laughed way too much at this for some reason ...

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13:50 Mar-12-2018

Glad to make others laugh :)

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05:21 Mar-11-2018

An 8 core ryzen with 1080ti and 16Gb ram as minimum.

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07:48 Mar-11-2018

It will not, I mean it will set the house on fire

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21:21 Mar-11-2018

No it will NOT... at 7nm with improved architecture and more efficient memory a gtx 1080ti grade performance, should be achieved at half the power draw and heat output at the very worst...
Ryzen 7 already run super cool on a stock tin can cooler. And the only reason the gtx 1080ti has an MSRP of 700$ is because Nvidia is overcharging for it, its MSRP should NOT be more than 400-450$, now imagine that at 7nm if the failure rates are the same and R&D is the same.


But it will be more likely a GPU with Vega 64/gtx 1080 performance and a quad core Zen2 7nm with SMT at 3.0-3.5Ghz with 12-16GB RAM, for a 400$ targe

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08:29 Mar-11-2018

8core and 1080ti lol do u know the cost total cost US$2000 console who will buy no one will buy for your info no one!!!

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09:56 Mar-11-2018

He doesnt really mean a GTX 1080ti. of course as the article mentioned, in 2020, the GPU performance equivalent of 1080ti would be a cheaper model. could be like GTX 2160 or GTX 1260.

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12:26 Mar-11-2018

The Pascal GPU cycle is lasting more than 2 years. Whatever the next architecture is going to be, it will probably last as much. Last time around, a 980 ti was equivalent, or even slightly faster than a 1070, and that is with a massive pascal jump. I think a 1080 ti will be somewhere between 2070 and 2080.

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12:27 Mar-11-2018

Bottomline, I doubt we will have that kind of power in a next gen console.

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11:16 Mar-12-2018

hardware price remain same or rising!!!


amd keep nvidia price low and affordable!!!


without AMD example GTX1050 4gb will cost u US$299-399$!!!

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04:55 Mar-11-2018

mind-control
holography

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14:52 Mar-11-2018

Wireless electricity/energy transfer or we rebel...

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04:26 Mar-11-2018

I don't know what will be in the PS5 but what I do know is that consoles are becoming more and more like PC. The extra options to choose within a game such as high resolution mode, high framerates mode to name a few. For consoles to stay releveant, it requires the power of a future mid end PC at a price of a low end. Something like $400 with a processor similar to a Ryzen 5 1500x and a GPU like a GTX 1080. Maybe its wishful thinking.

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03:08 Mar-11-2018

750ti

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01:11 Mar-11-2018

next ps5 console spec


custom ryzen APU , 16gb ddr5 ram , gpu 8gb


affordable price???


bluray disc or SSD game card affordable price???

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01:03 Mar-11-2018

Let's be real here.


Sony will try to get native 4K support on the Ps5.

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21:40 Mar-10-2018

by then there be even an Xbox sth around :/

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18:38 Mar-12-2018

well the thing is that it's disadvantageous to launch a console earlier than the competition, due to all the better specs a console released even a year later can have and considering the Xbox one X came out in 2017 and should run for at least 3 years, late 2020 should be the earliest when a PS5 and Xbox Next should arrive.

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21:13 Mar-10-2018

Is there any actual announcement from sony on the release date? I mean, are they aiming to release it around 2020 indeed?

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09:28 Mar-11-2018

Nope, there hasn't been even any announcement of a PS5 to begin with :)


My personal guess is Christmas 2019

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20:41 Mar-10-2018

it will be 1080p 60hz maybe 120hz 1080p or no doubt devs value graphics
4k 30hz is the selling ads like (experience Native 4K HDR with Sony PS5)
PS4 pro can do 1080p 60hz and 4k 30hz not native tho
And VR will be a focus maybe with more power For PS VR v2

And Backward Compatibalty as Hardware is Same not some cell cpu thing on ps3

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20:43 Mar-10-2018

Easier Backward compatibility* and people will buy it cuz they already have ps4 games they like

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23:00 Mar-10-2018

Yeah,backward compatibility for PS5 would be awesome,better than getting remasters.

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09:56 Mar-11-2018

and paying again or never seeing the games re release

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