There's a new weapon in the next-gen console war, and it's called the teraflop. Enthusiasts have taken one glance at the technical specifications for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and have decided that the latter's 12 teraflops of GPU power makes it the more capable machine. PS5, with its lowly capacity for 10.28 teraflops, is a meagre option by comparison. This is the narrative being spun by gamers, despite numerous industry experts ensuring the number is almost meaningless.
However, Sony engineers are clearly in tune with what your average hardcore gamer wants. According to our exclusive source, the platform holder is currently developing a new hardware unit that will enhance PS5's teraflops output.
Say hello to the terafloppy disk.
"Sony's terafloppy disk is a proprietary add-on for PS5 that is capable of boosting its teraflops count beyond the core hardware," our source tells us. "Consumers will be able to purchase a terafloppy disk in several sizes and insert it into a purpose-built slot. The entry-level terafloppy disk will increase PS5's teraflops from 10.28 to 15.6." As we all know, the bigger the number, the more graphics PS5 will have.
Larger capacity terafloppy disks will of course increase that figure even further, allowing those that care about such trivial numbers to truly stick it to the team in green. These will be made available post-launch, and are said to run at a cost that's "unappealing to gamers".
Our source also tells us Sony has been watching the teraflops situation "very carefully" over the last year or so. After the reaction Microsoft's teraflops received when it unveiled Xbox Series X's specs, Sony knew it had to go full steam ahead with this bolt-on hardware. With PS5's default teraflops figure straggling behind, the terafloppy disk went into full production, after being developed in secret by Mark Cerny and probably some other people.
Presumably, Microsoft will respond with a similar strategy going forward, but we'll have to wait and see once both consoles have had their full reveals. Here's hoping the teraflops argument goes on for the remainder of 2020. If we're really lucky, things like the terafloppy disk will encourage this behaviour for the entire lifespan of PS5 and Xbox Series X.
We've reached out to Sony for comment, but social distancing is likely to mean they won't reach back with a response.
What do you make of the terafloppy disk? Is it something you would invest in to give your PS5 the graphical edge? Flop down into the comments below.
Hmmmmmmmmm (strokes chin)......
oh well, here was me thinking that you guys wouldn’t resort to this type of thing in the current climate...
"Do Not Photograph"... chuckle...
"Not To Scale"... chuckle more...
Hopefully you'll only make one "news" of this type today.
Exceptional reporting here, Stephen. You've cracked the code!
That’s one sexy diagram. I have to say, my disk isn’t floppy after seeing that.
Knowing Sony this thing will probably sound like my floppy drive used to in the 90's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qz9a8kYYkA
You had me for about a minute 😂😂😂.
I really enjoyed this. Great April fools article
I wish this coronavirus was just one big ultimate April fools.
Huh? [Looks at calendar] Awesome. 😂 Nicely done.
I’d offer you a high five @Quintumply but... well I haven’t the hand sanitizer to spare.
Saw the headline and remembered it was April Fools day...
insert long exaggerated sigh here
Thanks for the article. It'll be interesting to read further on this, as my first thought was how can (what looks to be a storage device) increase the overall TF of the system? My initial thoughts were that it must be something along the lines of DMA, but in a disc form. I'm a bit skeptical about this, therefore, I want to learn more.
*Edit: I've also just realised what date today is.
Xbox have responded by unveiling the Xbox Series X 2 console, which is two Xbox Series X consoles glued together. This new console with its 24 teraflops of GPU is set to put them back into the lead.
You had me until ''Terafloppy''...
@JoeBlogs I think that Cerny initially mentioned the top 100, then went on to say practically all of them. Still, some definitive confirmation would be nice.
April's fool day ?
While most of us are intelligent enough to know this is a April Fools Joke you know someone is going to believe it and start spreading it like it's fact
@Hengist Well this pretty much confirms it, the question remains ''Within what time period and what kind of enhancements can we expect?''
@JoeBlogs no they have only tested so many games so far so that's all they confirmed
Sony are still testing other games and are expecting nearly every PS4 game to play on PS5
Apparently it's because of they are using a SSD not HDD this time and PS4 games are designed to run on a HDD
Even MS came out and said it's the same on Series X recently, they expect them to work they just need to test first
@DominatorV93 'We believe that the underwhelming majority'
'Believe' & 'majority' aren't definitive. That's what I meant when I previously wrote , 'definitive confirmation would be nice.'
I got WAAAY too far down the article before my brain gave me a nudge and wink...
@Warspite2901 You did better than me then. I actually replied before I realised.
You're not even trying
This article is tera-ble
So, it's terafloptional?
"We've reached out to Sony for comment, but social distancing is likely to mean they won't reach back with a response"
Yesss!!! MS doesn't stand a chance now!!!
@JoeBlogs thing is it both is and isn't true (and sorry but i don't click links to random websites i don't know)
they have only tested 100 so that's all they can confirm for now, they are unwilling to say a game will work if it's not been tested
@FullbringIchigo You should probably click on the link.
@LiamCroft it's probably a april fools thing and if so then yeh all got me but i really DON'T click random links to unknown websites, i refuse too
Can’t wait to snag a few these. My PS5 will have more teraflops than yours.
More like april fools flops.haha.word up son
For a minute you almost fooled me. It's currently 'before-coffee-oclock" and then I realised the date. 😂
@JoeBlogs sorry about that, guess i kinda ruined the fun
@Hengist By that logic the only trully ''definitive'' confirmation you will get is when non-Sony affiliated folk get their hands on PS5 itself.
SONY statements won't be much different in the coming months, or even near the PS5 launch.
@get2sammyb Don't forget about the alleged new Sony DVD format. Popping that bad boy in the drive, may yield up to an extra 10 TF, if developers take advantage of it.
@DominatorV93 'By that logic'
That's the only logic which I have. It's served me well over the years, so I'm going to stick with it.
Hm, so it's not the toaster add on I've been waiting for. What a bummer.
"Sony engineers are clearly in tune with what your average hardcore gamer wants. "
so where is the ps2 and ps3 backward compatibility so we can play our disc game on the ps5???... it sounds more like these engineers (mark cerny) is more out of tune than enything else.
@Hengist Fair enough.
I'll take 5 disks please 😂
Hilarious. Comedy kings. Have my children.
Nice April Fools. Sad that any news today is probably a lie.
Fair play you got me until i remembered what day it was.
Brilliant. very funny.
The Series X is 12.16 TFLOPs... If you're gonna use decimal points, at least be consistent -_- .
It all went down hill when you called it Terrafloppy! 😂
you guys are funny lol 😂
Checks today's date
Well done! Keep them coming. 😅 😁😂😀
As someone who has consistently suffered from terraflopage issues in my personal life, the ability to increase size and rigidity is appreciated.
@Mad-Vampire 🙄 did that go straight over your head, obviously a sense of humour is the last thing we all need.
I for one embrace all the flops they can bestow upon me.
Nice try I guess.
I think a TFlop upscaler from old Flops to new Flops (and vice versa of course) would work better though.
As we all know; the bigger the floppies, the more fun we will have when they're inserted and ready to go.
I don't care with Gigantic specs, Terraflops, whatever it called.
Gameplay >>> OMG graphics
I just need another Cute / Cartoonish / Kiddie games on PS5, probably from indies by mostly.
@Kidfried I haven't clicked, but I will guess that's Never Gonna Give You Up?
“The more graphics”
Hahaha if anyone read that and the penny didn’t drop.... I don’t know what to say
Tech noob here. Anyone have any idea how much these add ons might cost? Ball Park.
I really want the "more graphics" 😂
Can't wait for MBG to make 5 YouTube vids about it before realizing it was an April fool joke.
Not gonna lie. I read the title and half the article thinking Sony was copying Nintendo's N64 Pack before the word "Terrafloppy" woke me up.
For the young'uns, that "Expansion Pack" basically turned your N64 into a "New N64" (think New 3DS), so Sony making something similar for the PS5 wouldn't be compeltley unexpected. Though they can probably make more money selling "Pro" consoles so why bother?
Many of us on the Nintendo side were expecting the Switch dock to have something similar built in to add with the TV out graphics back when all the NX rumours were swirling about.
@TheBuzz You think so? This gen, Xbox One and Wii U both have BC whereas the PS4 doesn't. The PS4 has sold around double the units of the XB1 and WiiU combined. Then Nintendo release the Switch with no BC and it's a massive success and is set to overtake XB1 total units sold despite coming out years later.
I'd like BC, sure, but most people don't give a crap if a console does or doesn't have it. Not least because it's not as if you can't play PS1-3 games on your actual original consoles anyway. BC is a nice bonus for some, basically it frees up a power socket, but irrelevant for most - as this gen shows.
Well several places did report that PS5 has several new features that are amazing coming to PS5
Well i can now sleep better knowing that Sony's top engineers have addressed the great teraflop debacle of 2020.
Lol you got me.
I’ll just patiently wait for the VHS add on instead
Hmm... What's today's date?
I have to admit, I had this opened in a 2nd tab to read later, and it took me a few minutes to realise what day it was!
Another good one!
sounds like a cute name you'd give to a partner.
Made me laugh. Nice one. Happy April 1st.
Nice! Looks legit!!
Bravo, you wrote that so professionally. I didn’t even think about the date and I woke 30 minutes ago. I was gone for a few moments though. I was taking this seriously.
I read that it also brings back backwards compatibility with SEGA Mega drive games. Can't wait
@Grindagger my wife just calls me "floppy"
@crimsontadpoles but are they glued butterfly-way???
@Mad-Vampire resort to what? Trying to spread a little bit of joy and give folks a chuckle instead of the constant barrage of sh*t we are all currently feeling? Sort yourself out.
I started to read it seriously, saw the diagram and the silly idea behind it and giggled.. good one guys. A bit of laughter for today in the seriousness of everything going on.. thank you.
Lmao good one guys
Ok you totally had me lol, i completely forgot the date. I was thinking this seems really weird, wth would sony even listen to the garbage internet flop talk lol.
And after releases of both consoles, the next thing we'll hear about is consoles beginning to break...red ring of death return for X-box and over-heating possibly for both. Why is it, I'm seeing the two consoles being very pricey at launch?
I still have floppy disk from my old PC days. I will have the floppiest floppy that any floppy can be!! Thanks keep doing your Hard Driving Reporting it Great.
Not buying that 😂
My vanilla PS4 worked just fine for 7 years and still playing Nioh2 today. Whatever is "Base Model"
@carlos82 Oh, hi, Carlos!
@LiamCroft April's fool?
It was the 'price unappealing to gamers' bit that really got me! But I did like the 'do not photograph', too! Haha
Got to love the detail of the technical drawing.
Is this confirmed thing by SonyPlaystation?!
Is this confirmed by SONY or some ruomor, is it this proprietary GPU disk will be launch at same time as PS5?
Woah woah woah! I happen to have it on good authority that they will actually be introducing Terra-Cassettes which only beat out Terra-MIniDiscs by a small margin.
That would be awesome. Not that apparently the t-flop count makes a huge difference between the 2 consoles but at some point a higher t flop means better looking games. And I'll upgrade my Ps5 to be a BEAST! Take that Series X.... if it happens...
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