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The PS5 looks to be packing an SSD and will support ray tracing

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The PlayStation 5 is shaping up to be an incredibly powerful console the likes of which we have never seen before.

Sony’s next-generation console, likely to be named the PlayStation 5, is far from gracing store shelves, but the company has revealed a few of its specs to give fans a taste of just how powerful it will be. We’re hoping to learn more as we head deeper into 2020, but for now, the presumed PS5 is looking like quite the machine, in comparison to both the current crop of consoles and the next generation Xbox also in the works right now.

PS5 specs & how does it compare to the PS4 Pro?

It should go without saying, but the PS5 will be drastically more powerful than any model in the PS4 family, including the PS4 Pro.

Price $399 Unknown
Dimensions 11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in Unknown
CPU AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) Based on AMD Ryzen 8-core
GPU AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOPs) Custom Radeon Navi (Unknown TFLOP)
Memory 8GB GDDR5 + 1GB Unknown
Storage 1TB / 2TB Unknown
Storage type HDD SSD
Optical out Yes Unknown
WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz) Unknown
AV out HDMI 2.0 Unknown
Power consumption 310w max Unknown
Resolution support 4K 8K
USB USB 3.0 (x3 ) Unknown
PSVR support Yes Yes

What GPU and CPU will it have?

As stated above, it will feature a custom GPU based on the Radeon Navi and a CPU based on AMD’s third-generation Ryzen line, with 8-cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. According to Mark Cerny, the GPU will also support hardware-based ray tracing, which is a visual technique that models how light interacts with 3D environments. Usually only big budget Hollywood movies have the technology and money to utilize such technology, and it’s not found in any current video game console.

What resolution and frame rates will it support?

Sony looks to be future-proofing the PS5 as it will be able to support up to 8K resolution. While most televisions on the market don’t support such resolutions and 4K is still being widely adopted, this should increase the upcoming console’s longevity as 8K starts to pop up more frequently, even if it takes several years to do so.

As for frame rates, we know it will support up to 120FPS in games but it’s safe to assume that 60FPS will be more commonly seen, with some games possibly reaching 120FPS.

What kind of storage will it have?

Here’s where it gets interesting. Instead of coming with an internal HDD, the PS5 will sport an internal SSD. Though players can already hook up an SSD to their PS4, it’s something that they need to buy separately and install themselves. What’s the difference between an HDD and SSD, though?

SSDs and HDDs are hardware components that deal with storage. The biggest difference between them is that an SSD has no moving parts and data is stored on flash-memory chips. HDDs use moving mechanical parts to read/write information, thus making the process slower than that of an SSD. This is why games like Anthem run better while playing on an SSD.

What kind of optical drive will it have?

The PS5 includes a 4K Blu-ray drive. Physical versions of PS5 games will be shipped on 100GB Blu-ray discs, which can be read by the 4K Blu-ray drive. This drive will also be able to play 4K Blu-ray movies.

What about everything else?

We also know that the (amusingly, currently unnamed) PlayStation 5 controller will support USB-C charging. This controller has several other improvements, like haptic feedback in the sticks and triggers.

That’s all that Sony has officially revealed so far. Much of its specs are still in the dark, so we’ll need to wait until further information is provided. Until then, have fun speculating.

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Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro review

DIY security is a hot topic item in the tech space these days. One of the companies that have been at the forefront of that movement has been Simplisafe. The company prides itself on the complete system you can set up in minutes and has recently added the Video Doorbell Pro to its lineup.Simplisafe was kind enough to send me the new Video Doorbell Pro for the last few weeks and I’m going to share my experience with this full review.DesignThe Simplisafe Doorbell Pro doesn’t set the world ablaze with a radical design. But that’s OK, and honestly, there’s only so much you can do here. You get an elongated rectangular device with rounded edges that immediately reminds you of well… a doorbell.At the top, you have a camera capable of 1080p HD recording with a 162-degree field of view. The lens has pan and zoom to help capture this wider viewing angle. Just below that is a motion sensor with IR night vision as well.The small pinhole towards the middle is a two-way microphone. This allows you to have a conversation with anyone that comes to the door even when not at home. This has already come in handy for me to “sign” for a package that arrived while I wasn’t in the house.The bottom of the Simplisafe Doorbell Pro is, well… the doorbell. This a large chrome button surrounded by an LED ring. This ring illuminates when pressed and the press of the button rings your existing bell while immediately initiating an app notification.Setup and the appThe setup of the Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro is pretty painless. You have start with safety. Find your appropriate breaker to cut power to your existing doorbell. You will then remove the mounting screws of your current system.After destruction has taken place we can now move forward with our new fancy gadget Doorbell Pro. I’d suggest using the back bracket with the new power terminal to make sure your existing screw holes match the alignment. Mine was slightly different and I had to make an alternative pilot drill hole for the top screw.Then, you need to run the two wires from your old bell through the keyhole-shaped opening. These will need to go up, and behind, the terminal screws to then be secured with a Philips head screwdriver. Now use the included mounting screws to secure to your exterior wall at the top and bottom of the Simplisafte Doorbell bracket.One more note, if you have a doorbell currently installed in a corner or uneven surface like siding, don’t worry. Simplisafe thought about these scenarios and includes a wedge in the box to mount at an angle to give you a more stable view. I personally didn’t have to use this accessory but it’s nice to see it in the box.Once the Simplisafe Vido Doorbell Pro is secured, you then take the outside casing and slide it over the base, and press down to snap into place. Now, you should restore power and test the unit.If successful, you should give your Doorbell around 90 seconds to properly power up. Then you can test to make sure your doorbell chime works when pressing the large, silver button on the Simplisafe. If you chime works as intended you can secured the base and front plate as the final hardware step with the include super-tiny hex screw in the packaging into the very bottom of the Doorbell Pro.Completing the setup and connecting to your Simplisafe system is all handled through the app. Here you’ll go through the normal steps of a connected device: add a camera, enter your WiFi credentials, and give it a name or location.But my favorite part of this is Simplisafe uses the Doorbell Pro’s camera to scan a QR code on your phone to link it to your app. This is a nice feature to both verify the account information and whether the Doorbell’s video system works. 1 of 9 The app experience is pretty comparable to most video apps after setup. You get a dedicated tab at the bottom of the Simplisafe app along with the last history preview at the bottom of your Overview main page.Notifications are also fairly normal. When the Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro detects movement, it starts recording and sends an instant notification to your devices via the app. You then are dropped directly into the live video feed by tapping the notification.I did have a complaint and one hiccup while using the app. First, I think any Android app revolving around video should offer a thumbnail view in the notification. It’s a quick, glanceable way to see just how important the need is at the door. Is it my normal Amazon package that can wait or is my mom standing in the rain waiting for me to let her inside?And that leads to my main issue. Simplisafe either has a connection issue in tunneling the app to the live stream, or the WiFi radio is very inconsistent. About every 8th time I try to open a notification or manually check the live video I get the below message.I’ll close this section of the review on the positive that you don’t have to be a Simplisafe subscriber to use the Video Doorbell Pro. The device and app can both be used without an existing Simplisafe security system or monitoring plan.ConclusionDespite a couple of hiccups, I’m impressed with the video quality, app notifications, and ease of setup with the Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro. The quality is as good if not better than other security cameras I currently have installed.If you are already a Simplisafe customer, then this is the doorbell camera for you. I can’t imagine adding another app and ecosystem with better results. And you can opt into if something triggers your alarm to allow the monitoring system to confirm a physical threat via the video feed.Even if you’re not a Simplisafe user, I think the Video Doorbell Plus warrants a look. At $170 it’s competitively priced with similar options. Add that to a quick installation process, and good looking device and Simplisafe has a winner with the Video Doorbell Plus.

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