Sony has struck the first blow in the next generation console war, surprisingly revealing some PS5 details, in an exclusive article for Wired.
We’ll cut through most of the waffle and give you a quick breakdown of what we’re looking at. These details are literally from the horse’s mouth Mark Cerny is the horse in this instance, who is acting as lead system architect again:
- Not releasing in 2019
- 8-core 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPU, 7nm Zen 2 architecture – supports 8K graphics
- AMD Navi-based GPU, supports ray-tracing (which mimics realistic light movement)
- 3D audio support – virtual surround sound with no extra hardware
- Current PSVR headset-compatible, VR is important to the strategy
- SSD HDD by default, potentially custom “has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs”
- Spiderman fast travel down from 15 seconds on PS4, to 0.8 seconds on PS5 devkit
- Backwards compatible, very likely to be cross-generation games during launch
- Physical media, not digital-only
- Cloud-gaming still on Sony’s agenda
Wow. This is a lot to take in, and whilst we haven’t got exact numbers, it’s look like the PS5 will be a beast, but it’s still got to be at a good price point and part of the reason the PS4 was so successful was because it launched at $399.