Last year Sony confirmed it was getting ready to release the successor to the PlayStation 4. Finally, after months of rumors and speculation, some definite information on the console has been revealed.
Mark Cerny, the lead system architect for the PS4, spoke to Wired about the highly-anticipated next-gen console.
Unlike the PS4 Pro (which was just an upgrade of the original), the upcoming iteration will boast major improvements, including graphical capabilities unprecedented for a gaming console.
This is thanks to an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen chipset and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi graphics card. All this will make it one of the most powerful consoles ever.
The AMD chip also includes a custom unit for 3D audio that Cerny thinks will redefine what sound can do in a videogame.
“As a gamer,” he says, “it’s been a little bit of a frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
“With the next console the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.”
Other features include 8K-resolution support, future-proofing the device. The new console will also be backward-compatible with PS4 games (meaning your copy of FIFA 19 will still work), as well as the current PSVR device.
“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today,” Cerny says, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”
Most excitingly, the hard drives will be replaced with faster SSDs, meaning sluggish loading screens may soon become a thing of the past.
There’s no word yet on whether it will actually be called PlayStation 5—but whatever its name, the new console will certainly be a game-changer.
Are you excited?