Sony gives the first official details about the PS5

Details of PS5 confirmed: 8K, compatibility with previous versions, SSD, ray tracing and more

You will continue using discs to play in the next Sony console, and will not arrive until at least 2020. According to Sony’s Mark Cerny, who is the leading systems architect of the next-generation console.

In an interview with Wired , Cerny has confirmed that the console will not be released later this year, but declined to confirm whether it will be called PlayStation 5.

With a customized version of the third-generation AMD Ryzen chipset (8 cores with the company’s new Zen 2 microarchitecture), the next console will be able to withstand lightning tracing, a complex lighting technique that until now has been unique to PC GPUs of incredibly high range. The chipset will also be able to offer a new “gold standard” in immersive 3D audio, especially for those who enjoy playing with a connected headset.

One of the other important updates here will be the integration of a solid state hard drive, which would work differently than how you connect an SSD to your existing PS4.

Sony showed a demonstration of a first devkit for Wired in the interview. During a Spider-Man game, on a PlayStation 4 Pro, a fast-loading screen lasted 15 seconds, but the same task lasted less than a second in the next generation of devkit. It is estimated to be about 19 times faster than a standard SSD unit in terms of reading times.

Essentially, you should expect your games to load much faster in this new generation console. That said, the integration of this technology can cost a lot, so there may be a price increase.

All the details

Cerny confirmed that the console will still have discs to play and that it will be compatible with the PS4 titles . However, it does not seem to be compatible with original PS3, PS2 or PlayStation titles.

That does not mean that the company will avoid the idea of ​​full cloud games, or necessarily its classic catalog. Cerny also said, “We are pioneers in cloud games, and our vision should be clear as we head towards the launch.”

Whether that means an extension of PS Now – Sony’s classic gaming streaming service – or a totally different system, is still unclear.

Your current PlayStation VR glasses will work with the next console, Cerny confirmed, but we also expect the company to launch a next-generation version of its virtual reality headsets in the future.

The next console will also support 8K to be future proof for your next generation TV as well.

Cerny did not go into detail about a release date of the console or a price, except to deny the rumors of a release date in 2019. But we expect to know more details when the company officially presents the complete console.

The Wired article says: “Sony has recently accelerated the deployment of devices so that game developers have the time to adapt to their capabilities.”

This suggests that game developers already have the technology to play with, which means that we may hear more about the new console as soon as possible.

Everything we know about the PlayStation 5

This is what Cerny revealed about Sony’s upcoming gaming console.

  • The PS5 will not go on sale in 2019
  • The CPU is based on the third generation of the AMD Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7 nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.
  • The AMD chip will include a custom unit for 3D audio. Cerny says, “As a player, it has been a bit frustrating that the audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console, the goal is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of audio. hardware power. “
  • The GPU is a customized variant of the Navi family of Radeon. It will support the tracing of rays, a technique that Hollywood uses in its visual effects to simulate the interaction of light with 3D environments.
  • PS5 will be compatible with PSVR
  • PS5 will have a built-in solid-state drive (SSD) that reduces loading time and increases the rendering speed of worlds.
  • Cerny states that the SSD has a greater raw bandwidth than any other available for PC.
  • PS5 will support 8K graphics
  • PS5 will still be compatible with “physical media”, so it’s not just downloads.
  • It will be compatible with PS4 games.
  • Once the console is available, the games will be released for both PS4 and the new system.

Sony will not attend the E3 conference this year, so it’s not clear when we can expect more details about the company’s upcoming gaming console. The editor has recently launched a series of online presentations in a format similar to that of Nintendo Direct, State of Play.

The first presentation on State of Play took place at the end of March and focused on the next PSVR titles. Sony promised that there would be more ads online throughout the year.