Sony has officially revealed the first details for its next-generation hardware, which could be the PS5 or an entirely different name.

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The PS5 system architect Mark Cerny has confirmed that Sony has spent the last four years building the new hardware and insists it’s not merely an upgrade to the PlayStation 4, which was released in 2014.

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

First off, the PS5 or whatever this next-gen console is eventually called, will not be released in 2019.

The next-gen console from Sony will run on a third-gen AMD Ryzen CPU and contains 8 cores of the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The yet to be named PS5 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 AMD chip includes a custom unit for 3D sound to seriously upgrade the sound in the PS5, 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.

The PS5 will be able to support 8K graphics and will ship with an SSD.

Without going into detail, it’s been confirmed that the PS5 will support the current PSVR headset. It will also be backward compatible with some PS4 games.

That’s about all the details that are being divulged right now regarding the PS5, with no news to be expected at E3 2019 as the company is sitting the convention out for the first time.

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