Sony has been working internally on its next-generation gaming console. Today, thanks to an interview with Wired, we can finally get an official insight into what the Japanese company has planned for its upcoming PlayStation 5 hardware.
One of the most important things to note right off the bat is that the new Sony PlayStation console – referred to as the PlayStation 5 for lack of a more official title – is not going to be a simple PlayStation 4 reboot akin to the PS4 Pro, and will actually feature entirely new hardware architecture to create a truly next-generation gaming console that the market craves.
This new hardware has been confirmed by Sony’s Mark Cerny who acted as lead system architect for the extremely successful PlayStation 4 project.
At the heart of Sony’s new console, pumping silicone to the core functions of the hardware, will be an eight-core CPU built from AMD’s third-generation Ryzen line. This chipset is manufactured using the company’s 7nm Zen 2 process and will also include a custom GPU based on the same company’s Radeon Navi product line. Utilizing this type of setup will allow Sony to bring ray-tracing not only for the first time to a Sony console, but for the first time to a gaming console in general.
If you have been extravagant enough to invest in an 8K television set – or are planning to in the future – then you’ll be delighted to know that all of the internal hardware improvements are good enough to ensure that 8K gaming will be supported on the new Sony console. The console will also include custom hardware to enable 3D audio for a truly immersive experience. Sony will also be ripping out existing storage and bundling in a blazing-fast SSD in order to improve the speed of gameplay beyond what is currently possible.
Additionally, PlayStation 5 will offer backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games and will continue to offer games to gamers in a physical medium rather than moving explicitly to digital downloads.
The company, however, wouldn’t get into discussions about PlayStation VR and how that would function or progress as far as PlayStation 5 is concerned. No release date was announced but it definitely will not be during 2019.
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