While Sony’s next console, the presumably named PlayStation 5, is still in the planning phase, news has started to leak about what gamers can expect from the highly anticipated new game console. Wired magazine recently interviewed Mark Cerny, Sony’s console division lead system architect, for an exclusive first look at the guts of the hardware and the features that will roll out with the PS5 when it finally hits the market.
The Wired exclusive interview with Cerny digs deep into the processor chips and hardline numbers that tech-heads love to debate, but the core bit of information derived from the interview are the PlayStation 5’s features, or, what can be expected of the new console. The PS5 will have a new CPU and GPU, and will be 8K ready when the technology becomes more available, and Cerny says that the PlayStation 5 will be focused on VR in some ways. Owners of the PSVR unit for the current PS4 are happy to hear it, as Sony truly has done a wonderful job carving out a place in the VR market, as it went from fad to commonplace in the industry.
“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today,” Cerny told Wired, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”
Perhaps the biggest chunk of news to come out of Wired’s exclusive interview is that Sony is looking to include an internal SSD drive to maximize loading speeds. Solid-state drives have slowly become inexpensive alternatives that offer tons of space and lightning fast load times. It only makes sense that Sony would be pushing for SSD to be included in their PlayStation 5 console. In fact, Cerny says that the SSD drives will make loading 19 times faster than a PS4 Pro, which is a feat in and of itself. Only time will tell if Sony can deliver this in the PS5, and still keep it affordable to the general gaming public, but the console itself is, at best, two years away, giving the electronics giant time to figure it all out.
The PlayStation 5 will also be built on the PS4’s architecture, making it easier for Sony to implement backwards capability with PS4 games. Rumors have circulated that the PS5 will also have full backwards compatibility, meaning the entire Sony PlayStation lineup could, in theory, be played on the console.
The Playstation 5 will also accept physical media and not just be a downloadable game system. This is good news for gamers who like physical copies. That’s not to say that Sony isn’t looking into cloud-based gaming with the PS5, but, according to Cerny, the system could very well be powerful enough to handle all avenues of gaming, making it the cornerstone game console in every gamers’ home.
Sony will not have much of a presence at this year’s E3 in June, so it could be some time before more hard details surface about the PlayStation 5. If Mark Cerny is to be believed, the new hardware will be bigger, better, and faster than any console on the market. Time will tell if Microsoft can accept the challenge for the Next Xbox console, but one thing is for certain: the console wars are heating up once again.
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