Sony’s next-gen console isn’t to launch anytime this year, but the tech giant has been generous with details.
During a corporate strategy presentation, the company has listed all the information it has revealed so far, confirming yet again that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility.
Since it has the same architecture to the PS4, it will be able to play games designed for the current-gen console and will also be compatible with the current version of PlayStation VR.
The PS4 consoles (both PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro) are officially reaching the end of their life cycle (that’s direct from Sony), so thoughts are inevitably turning to the PS5.
Sony CEO stated in order to ensure PlayStation will remain as the best place to play, SIE to work on keeping & improving relationships with outside game developers.
“We will leverage backwards compatibility to transition our community to next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before,” the company’s presentation said at the event.
Although the upcoming console will have similarities with the PS4, it will be powered by an all-new CPU and GPU.
n an interview with Wired, lead system architect Mark Cerny said it will use a third-gen AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores and a custom GPU built on AMD’s Radeon Navi family.
The GPU will support an advanced rendering technique called ray tracing, which is limited to high-end gaming PCs at the moment, and will provide the console with immersive 3D audio.
With 8K TV support comes far more detailed textures, and much larger ones at that. The news of a bespoke SSD drive will be heartening then – just because the games will be becoming more complex, that doesn’t mean they’ll be slower to load too.
It’s estimated that the new SSD is 19 times faster than traditional SSD storage methods.
Audio will reach a new “gold standard” on PS5 too, according to Cerny, thanks to a new audio engine that will deliver immersive sound, most especially if you are using headphones.
In a statement sent out following the presentation, Sony said the “two keywords for the future direction of PlayStation are ‘immersive’ and ‘seamless'”, with the ‘immersive’ experience.
However, Sony remains tight-lipped about some specific plans for the PS5: the PlayStation 5 release date remains a mystery, for instance. 2019 has been ruled out, but it will definitely be revealed in the coming month.