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CoinTelegraph has clarified that those rumors going around about the PlayStation 5 being able to mine cryptocurrency are false. This is pretty clear based on a screenshot supplied by the Chinese software developer who claims to have accomplished mining Ether on a PS5, Yifan Gu, as it includes a QR code on the bottom left saying “There is no such software,” followed by laughing.

Gadget review site GizChina, one of the original sites that circulated the rumor, reported that the PS5 featured a hash rate of 98.76 MH/s and total power consumption of only 211 W, which made the console seem like an extremely attractive option for mining. People should remember that PlayStation consoles are notoriously difficult to hack, however (at one point Sony even offered a bounty for people to hack the PS4). All this prank did was play upon the fears gamers who wanted to get their hands on a PS5.

Sony switched to a slightly more PC-like architecture when they moved to x86 AMD SoCs with the PS4, so it is possible that someone could become familiar enough with the console to turn it into a mining machine. The console’s custom AMD Ryzen CPU doesn’t seem to have the chops for these numbers, however. The PS5 features a Zen 2-based 8C/ 16T 3.5 GHz processor and a custom Radeon RNDA 2 GPU @ 2.23 GHz.

The GPU with the closest hash rate is NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080, which has a potential hash rate of 97 MH/s and a TDP of around 220 to 250 watts when tuned for mining. If you were to include the rest of the specs for a system, the total power draw would likely be closer to 300 watts. In comparison, the AMD Radeon 5700 XT and AMD Radeon RX 6800 might get around 50 MH/s and 60 MH/s, respectively. Even if someone were to successfully turn the PS5 into a mining machine, it’s virtually impossible for it to achieve such hash rates.

Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

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  1. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it could. The fat PS3 running Linux was a crypto monster from what I’ve heard
  2. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it could. The fat PS3 running Linux was a crypto monster from what I’ve heard

    The fat one was amazing all around. For years I considered getting one just to have that hardware-based backward compatibility going on. I remember the stories about them being used for all sorts of interesting projects. End of an innovative era for the PlayStation. Four and five are impressive but I still don’t feel that either has made the impact the first three did.

  3. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it could. The fat PS3 running Linux was a crypto monster from what I’ve heard

    The difference is that you can’t load a different OS on the PS5 and it hasn’t been jailbroken yet. I’m sure once somebody finds out how to jailbreak the console that finding out its hash rate will be one of the first things tested.

  4. The difference is that you can’t load a different OS on the PS5 and it hasn’t been jailbroken yet. I’m sure once somebody finds out how to jailbreak the console that finding out its hash rate will be one of the first things tested.

    Well the hardware is pretty well known so I would imagine you could guess the hash rate within a pretty decent margin. It wouldn’t be like the PS3 though – the Cell processor was a unique beast

    Yeah I know about the software. That’s pretty much the only thing preventing it though – the hardware is perfectly capable.

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