We have known for quite some time now that Sony is developing its next-generation PlayStation console, which is tentatively called the PlayStation 5. The company just announced its latest details regarding the PlayStation 5 console, and we can expect from the new hardware refresh that this will be a massive beast when it comes to gaming. Specifically, the Japanese tech giant Sony is promising its fans that the PlayStation 5 console will be able to support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio as well as super-fast SSD storage, and it will have backward compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 games, meaning that you can play your PS4 games on the new PS5 console.
According to Mark Cerny, who had served as the lead system architect for the PS4 console, this new console from Sony is not just a hardware upgrade with new specs, which Sony had already done with its PS4 Pro console. This will be entirely new hardware inside the PlayStation 5 console, which includes an eight-core CPU that will be based on the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen. This CPU line will be built on the chip company’s latest 7 nanometer Zen 2 process and the GPU will be a custom built hardware based on the AMD’s Radeon Navi architecture, which will be able to bring ray-tracing graphics capabilities to a game console for the very first time. The final result of all these hardware bumps will be that the PS5 will be able to support 8K graphics, assuming that you have got a TV that supports 8K resolution.
Sony is also putting a heavy emphasis on its 3D audio system for the PlayStation 5 console. The new AMD chip which would come with the PS5 will include a custom unit built just for the PS5, which the company hopes that will be able to assist players in experiencing more immersive gaming on both TV speakers as well as headphones.
The other big change that will be coming to the PlayStation 5 console is the replacement of the hard drive storage system with an SSD, which the company promises that will improve the load time and gameplay for PS5 games beyond anything possible with a hard drive, which is an older generation of technology.
Other details coming out from Sony reveal that the PS5 will include backward compatibility with existing PS4 games, giving players the ability to play games that were designed for the PS4 console on the new PS5. Unlike the transition from PS3 to PS4, the PS4 and PS5 consoles have similar architectures inside them, which enables the PS5 console to achieve cross-generational support for PS4 games. People will still be able to buy physical copies of video games, besides the ability to download games straight to their PS5 consoles. The company still has not revealed any details regarding Blu-ray disc support on the PS5. Sony is also promising that the PS5 will have a slower transition, thus multiple new games will release for both the PS4 and PS5 consoles when the PS5 rolls out in 2020.
Sony has still not confirmed a release date for its PlayStation 5 console. Rumors are doing the rounds in the tech circle the PS5 is slated for 2020 release.