Sony has released the first bits of info regarding the future, yet-to-be-named PlayStation 5.
This is the first official news regarding the PlayStation 5, and might be the only news we get in a while, seeing as Sony is sitting out this year’s E3 for the first time.
Here are the 5 most important things we’ve learned about Sony’s plans for its next generation of console hardware.
If you were hoping to be getting your hands on the PlayStation 5, we’re sorry to break the bad news to you. Sony’s system architect, Mark Cerny, didn’t provide a release date for the planned next generation of hardware from Sony, but said that it won’t be in 2019.
Not Just A PS4 Upgrade
According to Cerny, Sony has been working on the next generation of console hardware for the past four years. That means that the company has been working on the PlayStation 5 hardware basically a year after it released its current console, the PlayStation 4, in 2014.
But Cerny assured fans that the next generation of console hardware Sony’s been working on, won’t be a mere upgrade from the previous PS4.
Sifting through all the hardware specifications Sony provided for this next generation console, one thing we’ve learned is that the upcoming PlayStation 5 will be super fast.
The yet to be named PlayStation 5 will have a custom Navi GPU which will support ray tracing. It will be the first gaming console to support this technique that models light traveling to simulate 3D environments. This technique was demonstrated with booting up the 2018 Spide-Man game from Insomniac Games, which showed how fast travel times were reduced from 15 seconds to 0.8 seconds.
The First Major Sound Upgrade In A PlayStation
One of the main upgraded features in the PlayStation 5 that Sony seems to be especially keen on, is the AMD chip which includes a custom unit for 3D sound to seriously upgrade the sound in the PlayStation 5, with Cerny explaining
As a gamer 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.
No specific pricing was discussed or released yet, with Cerny only saying it will be “appealing to gamers”.
Me: There's always been a general range of launch pricing. Will the next console hew to that range?@cerny: I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set.
— Peter Rubin (@provenself) April 16, 2019
BONUS: 8K Support
The PlayStation 5 will ship with 8K support. So, we’re hoping that Sony is working with game developers to make games that will show off the new visual capabilities of the upcoming next generation of console hardware from Sony.
The PlayStation 5 will also support the current PSVR headset.
What features would you like to see in the PlayStation5? Drop us a comment below and let us know.