Sony fires the first salvo in the Next Gen gaming wars.
In an exposé in Wired, Sony’s Mark Cerny has revealed that the successor to the PlayStation 4 is indeed in development, and is already fairly far along. While it’s not called the PlayStation 5 (yet), the device is indeed a home-based console, with more powerful GPU and CPU processors to push the envelope. But, what Cerny is especially excited about, is one specific detail: a new hard drive.
Yes, that doesn’t sound sexy, but it actually is, depending on how you want your game to function.
By switching to a native and specially developed SSD (solid state drive) the company can fully control things like load times, asset management, and latency. Quite frankly, a console that can load data at ultra fast speeds can also be pushing the limit. In one example given, Spider-man currently swings along Manhattan at a leisurely pace even when powered up. However, with the new SSD, the scene can shift faster and the streets below will retain all of their detail without the need to blur or hide things. It will make the experience more true to life than ever before.
A few more notes rounded out the feature:
- The CPU is a third generation AMD Ryzen with 8 cores of AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture
- GPU based on Radeon’s Navi with support for 8k video output and live ray tracing
- 3D audio that utilizes current TV speakers & surround sound systems
- Support for current PSVR
- Compatible with current PS4 games
Finally, the console isn’t releasing this year, 2019, Cerny says.
For more in-depth information, check out the Wired article here.
Oh, and that dope af logo up top is our creation, taking the Spider-Man Homecoming font and oozing it onto the PlayStation icon. That’s how Sony does it, we think.