Sony has finally revealed some official information about its next-generation PlayStation. Lead system architect for the PS4, Mark Cerny, had an interview with Wired and divulged he’s currently working on the PlayStation 5.
Cerny also shared some details about the components of the upcoming console. Furthermore, he teased some of the advancements Sony has made during its making.
Although Cerny only refers to the future device as “next-gen console,” we can only assume it will carry the PS5 name. You know, given logic and mathematics.
Sony confirms they are working on the PlayStation 5
First off, Cerny has confirmed the next-gen PlayStation is loosely based on current PS4 architecture. That means it will be backward compatible.
Backward compatibility, as I have said before, is probably the best feature of the Xbox series. I have also said the Xbox Two might be the next console to have, so, don’t mind me.
Sony also revealed the PS5 will not be an all-digital device and will accept physical discs. It means the company is not following the trend of all digital games Google started with its upcoming gaming streaming service, Stadia. Microsoft later continued the idea with launching all-digital disc-less Xbox One S.
More so, Cerny describes the transition from PS4 to PS5 as a “gentle one.” That means games will reach both the PS4 and the newer console for a couple of years since the PlayStation 5 reaches the stores.
You can rest assured that you’ll be able to play The Last of Us 2 on your trusty PS4.
What we’re about to see on the PS5
Cerny hopes the upcoming console will be more of a revolution and less of an evolution. That’s indeed good news for the over 90 million people who own a PS4.
- A more powerful CPU and GPU delivering previously unattainable graphical quality;
- A faster and bigger memory;
- Higher-capacity connection for more massive downloads;
- Improved audio quality to keep up with the visual advancements.
Let’s take a look then. But first, I have to add there’s no word about a new PlayStation VR for the PS5. However, we already know Sony is working on some new technologies for their VR peripherals.
Sony confirms the specs of the PlayStation 5
Inside the upcoming console, we will find an AMD chip based on the third-generation Ryzen cores. The CPU will have eight 7nm Zen 2 microchip cores.
The PS5 will support 8K (although your eyes may not). However, displaying this resolution is dependent on your TV and, more importantly, your budget for the screen.
Meanwhile, a custom version of Radeon’s Navi line will handle the graphics. The GPU will support ray tracing, something that’s becoming more and more popular on video games and movies. Ray tracing helps create more realistic environments because of how it handles light and shadows.
Audio is, according to Cerny, the main improvement. The AMD chip will enable 3D audio, a feature that gives sound a sense of space and distance and helps players immerse deeper into the game.
The hard drive will be a solid-state drive, compared to the older HDDs on the PS4 series. The SSDs are faster and are becoming more prevalent in laptops. Sony even says it will be a special SSD for the PS5.
The SSD will improve loading times by much. Cerny already demonstrated the fact with a dev kit of the next-gen PlayStation. See, loading times for Marvel’s Spiderman on a PS4 Pro are about 15 seconds; on Cerny’s version, about 0.8 seconds.
Cerny also explained the SDD improves how the console renders the games and how quickly the characters move through the world.
What about pricing, release date, and games?
Other than the PS5’s hardware, nor Cerny nor Sony confirmed any other services or details about the console. Games or pricer are further down the road.
More so, they did say the PlayStation 5 is definitely not coming out on 2019.
The company will not have their usual seat at the E3 gaming conference. Sony’s plans for the future remain unclear.
We will have to keep waiting.