Sony reveals more next-gen Playstation details

Doris Richards
April 17, 2019

In Sony's slightly unusual "reveal" of some of the upcoming PlayStation's major features, lead system architect Mark Cerny talked big game about the increased power of the CPU, GPU, and some really fast SSDs.

The PlayStation 5 may be coming out sooner than you think.

While a CPU, GPU, and audio chip are important, a modern console also needs a hard drive, and Cerny has quite the drive in store for the "PS5".

Cerny is also promising a custom AMD sound chip to provide 3D audio and says the new machine with support virtual reality, at first via the current PlayStation VR headset, but later possibly via a new next-gen headset.

We reported on a leak detailing the specifications of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 last week, but this morning Sony confirmed the final specifications of its next-generation console. That would make the PS5 the first console to support the technology. Well ahead of E3 and their separate official PS5 event, Sony is dropping knowledge kernels on us as to what the next generation of hardware actually entails, and the info is substantial.

According to Mark, the PS5 will also feature a Disc drive to ensure the survival of physical game copies. It's based on the company's 7-nanometer process, like the Radeon VII introduced at CES this year, but is expected to have a better power profile than AMD's graphics processors traditionally have.

Similarly, Sony's own foray into immersive audio, 360 Reality Audio, now only works with compatible headphones, and would require games sound designers to place every individual instrument and effect within a virtual sphere. It'll also come with a massive new drive that could, in theory, cut loading times down to nothing. The performance gain of equipping a PS5 with an SSD can be explained using a real-world example.

Spider-Man load times on PS4 Pro: 15 seconds → 0.8 seconds on next-gen PlayStation. Asked if Kojima Productions' Death Stranding would be released for the next-generation PlayStation in addition to PlayStation 4, a spokesperson in the room only reiterated that it will be released for PlayStation 4, but Wired noted a "smile and pregnant pause" from Cerny suggesting a dual-platform release.

Other noted features include backward compatibility with Playstation 4, which is not a big surprise considering that Playstation 4 comes with an x86 CPU and custom GPU. Meaning if you're playing the next generation of Assassin's Creed on PS5, and a character walks behind you, then you'll hear the same through your speaker. Now we'll have to see how Microsoft responds.

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