Even though Sony is skipping E3 this year, it doesn’t mean they’re not out and about talking about their next-gen console. Speaking to Wired, Mark Cerny, lead system architect, gave us a sneak peek at what to expect spec-wise in the Sony PlayStation 5 — and it’s pretty beefy!
“The key question is whether the console adds another layer to the sorts of experiences you already have access to, or if it allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.”Mark Cerny
As expected, the upcoming console has a new CPU and GPU, an 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU based on 7nm Zen 2 and AMD Radeon Navi GPU respectively. The new GPU not only supports ray tracing, but also supports 8K resolution for future displays.
Gamers will love this little tidbit: the PlayStation 5 will ship with a solid state drive (SSD). As any techie or gamer knows, SSDs offer up a huge speed advantage over the slower HDDs in current consoles. In fact, Cerny teased that the SSD in the PS5 “has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs.” In demoing the new dev kit to wired, a 15-second load screen on the PS4 Pro took a mere 0.8 seconds on the devkit.
A couple other tidbits Cerny unveiled was the fact that the upcoming console will have a disc-drive, be backward compatible with PS4 games, and some games will be a two-platform release after the new console launches.
Now that you’re excited about next-gen consoles, Cerny also notes that the next-gen console from Sony “won’t be landing in stores anytime in 2019.” On that note, however, devkits have been seeded to some studios with Sony accelerating devkit deployment to others.
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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.