PlayStation 5 Revealed
Wired Magazine has just published an interview with Mark Cerny, the lead architect and producer of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita video game consoles. The interview officially reveals Sony’s next video game console, which we’re calling the PlayStation 5 until we’re told otherwise. Cerny reveals a lot of new information about the PlayStation 5 in the interview (at least from a hardware standpoint).
Cerny, of course, confirms that the PlayStation 5 will launch in 2020 (roughly seven years after the PS4 and Xbox One launched). No further release date information or talk about pricing has been revealed yet (unfortunately). Cerny also didn’t reveal what the console will look like, either.
Mr. Cerny did reveal that the PS5 will be powered by a new AMD third-generation Ryzen chip, featuring eight cores and the ability to allow ray tracing (which is a pretty big deal). The chipset also includes what Cerny calls “a custom unit for 3D audio,” which will work with any speakers or surround sound systems, but is best experienced through headphone audio. Cerny stated, “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.”
Mr. Cerny also added that the new console will feature a solid state hard drive (SSD), which, Cerny adds, “has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs”. Cerny was eager to highlight the SSD’s capabilities by playing Marvel’s Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro (which had a 15 second load time for fast traveling) compared to a PlayStation 5 development kit console (which has a 0.8 second load time for fast traveling).
The PlayStation 5 was also revealed to support 8K gaming (four times the quality of 4k), and, most excitingly, will also be fully backwards compatible with all PlayStation 4 games, all PlayStation VR games, and all existing PlayStation VR hardware.
The biggest question is what does this all mean for Sony’s next big line of games under development (The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima)? Will they release on both the PS4 and PS5? Will any of them become PS5 exclusives? We’re getting really excited about E3 2019 now…