We have known for some time that Sony is working on its next-generation PlayStation console, which should be called the Playstation 5 as it follows the nomenclature that has followed in the predecessors, but now we have got the first official details on what to expect from new hardware, in an interview in the Wired. Specifically, Sony is promising that the PS5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, super fast SSDs, and backward compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 games.

According to Mark Cerny, responsible for creating the PS4, the new console is not just a PS4 spec upgrade, like the PS4 Pro. There is brand new hardware within the PlayStation 5, including an eight-core processor in the Ryzen line based third party AMD based on the company’s latest 7nm Zenn process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware that will bring raytracing to a gaming console for the first time. The end result of all these hardware improvements: the PS5 will support 8K graphics if you obviously have a TV that can handle it.

PS5 will have 8K graphics

Sony is also highlighting 3D audio for the PlayStation 5. The new AMD chip apparently includes a custom-built unit just for that, which Sony hopes will lead to a more immersive game on both the TV speakers and headphones. heard.

The other major change coming to the PlayStation 5 is the replacement of the hard drive by an SSD, which Sony promises to improve loading time and gameplay beyond anything possible with a hard drive. (In a demo described by Wired, traveling fast on Spider-Man for the PS4 took just 0.8 seconds on an initial PS5 devkit, compared to 15 seconds on a PS4.)

Other details that Sony revealed about the PS5 include the fact that it is compatible with existing PlayStation 4 games. Unlike the transition from PS3 to PS4 (and predecessors) the PS4 and PS5 share similar architectures, support between consoles much easier. This may be one of the great flags of the Playstation 5, as it is something that users always complain about when a new console comes out.

There will still be physical copies of games to buy, not just downloads (although Sony still needs to reveal whether it will be Blu-ray discs or something more innovative). The company is also promising that when the PS5 arrives, it will be a slower transition with several new releases for PS4 and PS5.

playstation vr

Although Sony does not discuss PSVR’s future plans, the console’s virtual reality glasses, such as a next-generation headset to accompany the new console, the company has confirmed that the existing PSVR headset will continue to work with the PlayStation 5.

For now, Sony seems only willing to talk about hardware. There are still no words about things like games or media features, for example.

It is certain that the Playstation 5 will not appear in E3, the great world event dedicated to the gaming world, since the Japanese manufacturer will not make a presence (direct) in the event, and may arise in partnership with other game producers.

There is also no release date for PS5 yet. Cerny only told Wired that the console will not be released in 2019, but producers already have access to devkits to start developing games for the console, so it’s very likely that the console will only hit the market next year.

Izaan Zubair
Izaan's inquisitive in technology drove him to launch his website Tech Lapse. He usually writes pieces on emerging technology, anime, programming and alike niches. He can be reached at [email protected]
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