The power of PlayStation 5 compared to past generations … and marine life

Despite the reveal event a few weeks ago, there is still a lot we don’t know about PlayStation 5. Its final design and some technical details are still out of our reach. Fortunately, Mark Cerny gave us the specs with his livestream presentation and now we know what kind of power to expect from Sony’s next-gen: 5.5GB / s solid-state drive (SSD), 3.5GHz Zen 2 custom CPU and an RDNA 2 GPU at 10.28 teraflops.

To put this data into perspective, Android Central wanted to compare the power of PS5 to that of past generations and the results are quite … hilarious.

The GPU of PlayStation 2, a console from 20 years ago, has “only” 6.2 gigaflops. Considering 1 TFlop is 1,000 gigaflops, that means PS5 is as powerful as 1658 PS2 consoles combined. PlayStation 3Instead, it boasted 230.4 gigaflops, which means it takes 44.62 consoles to match the power of PS5.

Finally, the current gen, made up of PS4 is PS4 Pro, it boasts 1.84 and 4.2 TFlops of power respectively, which translates to 5.59 PS4 and 2.45 PS4 Pro needed to reach PlayStation 5.

Do we want to make it even more absurd? Taking into account the size of PlayStation 2, if we physically put together the 1658 consoles necessary to match the power of PS5, they would reach an overall length of over 130 meters, 4 times longer than that of a blue whale, the largest aquatic mammal, whose maximum recorded size is around 33 meters in length.

Of course, all of these calculations were made just for fun and to make up your mind, and as such, they are not a reliable measure: it is just a yardstick on the number of Teraflops. The capabilities of a console are always dictated by the set of parts, such as CPU, RAM and all the various components that can play vital roles in its operation.

We just have to wait for some extra official information on PlayStation 5 and its titles, to determine the true power of the console. In the meantime, we can continue to imagine a PS2 stack as high as a building.

Source: AndroidCentral