Sony has been working on the PlayStation 5, its next-generation console, for the past four years and today we got the first details of what they have in store. According to a Wired interview, Sony is promising that the PS5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, super fast SSDs, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 games.
This is no mere spec-boost of the PS4. Instead, it will comprise entirely new hardware which includes; eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process. They’re also promising a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware, enabling ray-tracing graphics to a game console for the first time.
This time around Sony is putting emphasis on the audio. Lead architect Mark Cerny explained that “as a gamer it’s been a little bit of a frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console, the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.”
The true “game-changer,” according to Cerny, is the replacement of a hard drive with an SSD which will expedite load time and gameplay unbelievably. That’s on top of new CPU, new GPU, the ability to deliver unparalleled visual and audio effects in a game.
Just don’t expect the new console any time soon. Cerny confirmed that it wouldn’t be out in 2019 so stay tuned for 2020 release details.
In other news, we sat down with Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss.