Sony’s recent PlayStation 5 digital showcase event set the internet on fire with the console’s outlandish design and a bevy of new game announcements. The event was a smash hit, netting over seven million viewers across four different platforms. However, not everyone was impressed with what Sony had to offer. Immediately following the event, Michael “shroud” Grzesiek tweeted out his skepticism of Sony’s upcoming console, saying “Sleek.. but weak?”
Sleek.. but weak?
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) June 11, 2020
The lifelong PC gamer elaborated on those thoughts during an Escape from Tarkov stream. “The look of the PlayStation is like, it’s okay, it looks like a router,” the 26-year-old said.
“I’m just concerned because it looks pretty small, so I don’t think it’s going to be that good of a console spec wise if it’s that tiny.”
Shroud wasn’t the only one who thought Sony’s shiny new machine resembled a router, but he may be the only one that thinks it’ll be physically small. Internet sleuths have apparently figured out that the PS5 will in fact be pretty massive, especially when compared to other consoles. If calculations end up being correct, the next PlayStation will be even larger than the original PlayStation 3, which is saying something.
In terms of specs, that information has been out for a while. The PlayStation 5 sports an AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GDDR6 memory and a custom RDNA 2 AMD GPU that puts out 10.28 TFLOPs of processing power. The Xbox Series X is similar, but with a slightly faster CPU and a more capable GPU. However, Sony is banking on its custom SSD to make up that difference in CPU and GPU power.
It’s perhaps important to remember that shroud is being paid to stream on Mixer, a Microsoft platform, so this could simply be an instance of him supporting the home team.
Max is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Washington. Armed with a BS in Game Design, he is mainly focused on covering Call of Duty, Legends of Runeterra, and streamer culture for Level Push.