Today Mark Cerny took Wired to their Sony Playstation headquarters in Foster City, California to talk about the next generation of Sony Playstation come gaming experience and to present even demos and to reveal also hardware specs along.
Not Playstation 5… yet
To keep it brief, the next console is not yet officially named Playstation 5, at least Mark Cerny kept not saying the name, rather than calling it the successor, the next generation and so on. If it will be called Playstation 5 in the end, that’s unknown. For simplicity of readership we will still call it the Playstation 5, as it makes the understanding and differentiation between the next gen and the current gen console, the Playstation 4, more easy to distinguish. One thing is surprisingly confirmed already: The Playstation 5 will be backwards compatible with Playstation 4 games! A great bonus for everyone that may join the console later or that may switch from Xbox over to a Playstation 5 for example.
Computing Power by AMD
The Playstation 5 will yet again utilize an AMD powered computing core, based on the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture and a GPU unit which is based on the AMD Navi series of GPUs, capable of using the new realtime raytracing graphics process to make games look even more realistic. In that regard, Mark Cerny also confirms that 8k resolution will be a coming standard and that will also be supported from the ground with the Playstation 5.
Finally: SSDs are the new standard
For the game storage, the Playstation 5 will utilize a brand new version of a Solid State Drive, short SSD, which apparently will have a higher bandwidth available to load or write data on the storage than any consumer SSD in today’s PCs. It is yet unknown who will produce it, what standards the console’s storage will use, but a quick test in Sony’s Spider-Man showed Wired that on a PS4 Pro a fast travel sequence took 15s, whereas on a next gen console equivalent development kit (usually a hardware spec identical PC tower) the fast travel time went down to 0.8 seconds.
Surround Sound quality
But also audio quality will be overhauled with the next generation of Playstation. As Mark Cerny puts it: “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.” From what the article on Wired reads like (link attached on the bottom of this article), it sounds like the next generation of Playstation will use Dolby Atmos, a technology that allows surround sound to work with any amount of speakers as long as the base functionality for Dolby Atmos is given.
Next Gen PSVR
Speaking about VR and the current PSVR headset, Mark Cerny points out that there will be a next gen VR headset as well. But more important is that the current generation of PSVR headset will also work with the next generation of Playstation console.
When will it be officially revealed?
When can we expect the Playstation 5 or what Sony will decide on what it will be called in stores is most certainly not in 2019 anymore according to Mark Cerny. So we may see a reveal of the console only in the next year for all what we know. What we know for sure is, that Playstation is ready with its development to go into the final touchdowns of the console and to release it most likely in 2020 then. Initiating a new generation of home console gaming with the renewed graphics power of raytracing and also enabled with the fastest loading times they ever delivered.
Shoutout to Wired for their original article detailing all the ins and outs of the Interview with Mark Cerny. Please be sure to read the original post as well right here: https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-sony-next-gen-console/. Do you want to chat with us about the next generation of Playstation gaming? Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheNewByte or on our Discord channel which you can find the invite link to over on https://thenewbyte.com/discord