PS4 vs PS5: What’s the Difference and Which One to Select

PS4 vs PS5: Specifications

PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 5 (PS5) are home video game consoles developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

PS4 was announced as the successor to the PlayStation 3 in 2013. It was released to critical acclaim. It has been quite popular since its release, and by October 2019, PS4 became the second best-selling home game console of all time — the best-selling console was PlayStation 2.

PS4 has been produced in three models: the original, the Slim, and the Pro. The original model has been phased out. Here are the specifications of the Slim model:

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores, 1.6GHz
  • GPU: 18 CUs at 800MHz, 1.84 TFLOPS
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Internal Storage: 500GB or 1TB HDD
  • External Storage: 2.5-inch HDD or USB HDD
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray
  • Video Output: 1080p

PS 5 was released in November 2020 worldwide. As the successor to the PS4, PS5 comes with a whole new architecture, faster storage, and superior resolution support.

It is designed with two versions: PS5 Standard Edition and PS5 Digital Edition. The latter one is an all-digital version of the PS5 console with no disc drive, and users can go to the PlayStation Store to buy and download games directly. Here are the specs of PS5:

  • CPU: 8-core, 16 thread, up to 3.5Ghz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 36 CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 TFLOPs (variable frequency)
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • External Storage: NVMe SSD slot or USB HDD
  • Optical Drive: Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Video Output: 4K at 120Hz or 8K

For more details, you can refer to the following contents.

PS4 vs PS5: Graphics

PS4 and PS5 are both based on AMD Radeon chips, but PS5’s GPU has more CUs ( compute units) and higher TFLOPs (teraflops).

A teraflop rating measures the GPU’s performance and it refers to a processor’s capability to calculate one trillion floating-point operations per second. As you can see, PS5’s GPU comes with 10.3 TFLOPs, which means it can handle 10.3 trillion floating-point calculations per second, on average.

In a word, PS5 is nearly eight times more powerful than PS4.

PS4 vs PS5: Storage

It seems that PS5 isn’t upgraded in storage capacities compared with PS4. The base PS4 model comes with 500GB and the later PS4 model with 1TB internal HDD, while the PS5 model is designed with 825GB storage capacity.

You might think it’s a disadvantage of the console. However, it is also an advantage. The PS5 storage uses an SSD, which improves the gaming performance a lot. With the fast SSD, PS5 enables game files to be read from the storage device and delivered to the system within milliseconds.

For more differences between HDD and SSD, you can refer to this post: What Is Hard Disk? Comparisons Among SSD, HDD and SSHD

PS5 vs PS4: Games

PS5 is backward compatible with PS4 and most games on PS4 are available on PS5, such as No Man’s Sky, Outriders, Far Cry 6, Borderlands 3, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, etc. And more games will be playable on PS5 in the future. Unfortunately, a few games aren’t compatible with PS5 until now and they are:

DWVR, Afro Samurai, 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One, TT Isle of Man — Ride on the Edge 2, Just Deal With It, Shadow Complex Remastered, Robinson: The Journey, We Sing, Hitman Go: Definitive Edition, Shadwen, Joe’s Diner,

PS5 vs PS4: Price and Where to Buy

How much is a PS4 or PS5? Generally, PS5 is more expensive than PS4. A 1TB PS4 Slime model costs about $299.99 and a PS4 Pro console costs about $399.99. If you want a PS5 Digital Edition, you need to pay around $399.99. And for the Standard Edition, it’s about $499.99.

For now, it might be hard to buy a PS5. Although Sony’s PlayStation Direct has been holding restock events almost weekly, you might still find it out of stock when you plan to buy one. You need to wait for some time and you can check the retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy frequently for the latest updates.


Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on May 10, 2021.



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