It can also play PS4 games!
The current generation of consoles is almost coming to an end and with it comes a plethora of rumors on what we can expect on the new hardware. Fortunately for Sony, they’ve just dropped some hints on what we can expect on the upcoming PlayStation 5 – or PS5 as how we’d like to call it.
In an interview at Wired, Sony confirmed that the PS5 will support 8K graphics along with a fast SSD and backwards compatibility with PS4 games. The specifications were confirmed by Mark Cerny, the lead system architect for the PlayStation 4, who added that these are entirely new specifications and won’t simply be an upgrade like the PS4 Pro.
Other hardware confirmed by Cerny includes an 8-core CPU based on the AMD Ryzen line. There’s also a custom-made GPU that’s based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware. This will enable ray-tracing graphics support on the PS5, which can help drive it to 8K resolution – 8K TVs not included. The hard drive change to SSD is said to improve loading times for games, which could load as fast a second.
Sony also said that it is also working on improving the audio on the PS5, including a more immersive 3D audio that can be enjoyed even with TV speakers or even headphones.
But probably the best bit we’ve learned about the PS5 is backward compatibility for PS4 games. On a technical perspective, the architectures used in developing games for the PS4 and the PS5 are mostly similar so it’s easier to implement backwards compatibility.
Lastly, Sony also mentioned that the PS5 will have support for the PSVR, though it is unknown if they will be releasing new hardware by the time the new console comes out.
If we’re lucky, we might get a peek at the new console at this year’s E3, but don’t expect the PS5 to come this year since sources say the release date could be around the end of 2020.