The PS5 Digital Console Will Be Cheaper to Run Due to Lower Power Usage

Posted on Sep 20 2020 - 2:54pm by Ben Brown

We now know the full specifications for both PS5 hardware SKU’s. They are simple and easy to understand. One has a disc drive and the other does not. Otherwise they are identical. But, one of them has a larger power supply than the other.

Below are the full specs for each console:

CPUx86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPUAMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
System MemoryGDDR6 16GB
448GB/s Bandwidth
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
Optical DriveUltra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
PS5 Game DiscUltra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Video OutHDMI™ OUT port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
Audio“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
DimensionsPS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
WeightPS5: 4.5kgPS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
PowerPS5: 350W, PS5 Digital Edition: 340W
Input/OutputUSB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
NetworkingEthernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth® 5.1

The console with the disc drive features a 350 Watt power supply. Comparatively the PS5 Digital Edition console has a modest decrease in wattage by 10 Watts, a meagre 340 Watts!

Disc drives are used less and less on consoles. They simply are used to install discs and then are used to license check your game. After this they are pretty much left dormant. Maybe this is why the decrease in wattage isn’t as much as you would expect.