It’s official! The end of Sony’s fourth-generation is drawing to an end, and its successor is landing at the end of 2020. The PlayStation 5 might still be far away, but the rumours about the console are rife already, and the company is confirming some of them.
Earlier this year, Sony’s PlayStation’s lead architect and console producer, Mike Cerny, announced that Sony is working on the successor to the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. From hardware to games, here is everything you need to know about the next-generation PlayStation Console.
Name & Release Date
In a new blog post, Sony has officially confirmed that its next-gen console will be called the PlayStation5 and that it will be released in 2020. Coming to the specifics of when it will be released, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan,during an interview, confirmed that the PlayStation would launch in Holiday 2020, which is between October and December.
In the interview with Wired, Mark Cerny revealed that the PS5 would feature a bespoke 9-core AMD chipset based on third-generation Ryze architecture, with a GPU taking the best bits of the Radeon Navi GPU family. It will also come with SSD storage. The promise from this trio of hardware is fast load times, large bandwidth capabilities and oodles of graphics grunt.
Going further, the AMD one-two punch of CPU and GPU unlocks the powers of ray tracing, which is an ultra-realistic lighting technology that was first made popular by Nvidia’s RTX cards. In case you’re wondering, ray tracing is an advanced technique for adding realism to an image. Because it requires enormous computational resources; it is often used in Hollywood, especially big-budget CGI spectacle.
While it’s been confirmed that the specs will outperform current generation consoles, there are rumours that the PS5 will still have less power than recent high-end PC graphics cards. Another thing that has remained a mystery is the look of the console as Sony has been silent on it, fuelling speculations.
According to Sony, the PS5 will come with its own controller, but the official name hasn’t been disclosed. It will include haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology with a broader range of more realistic feedback. The goal is to improve the controller’s feedback so you can be immersed while playing games. Sony also announced that the new-gen consoles would also feature adaptive triggers which will allow developers to program the resistance of the triggers to simulate actions more correctly.
8K support – with caveats
Unlike the PS4 Pro which maxes out at 4K, the PS5 will support 8K graphics which will allow for more detailed textures and much larger ones at that. Of course, that will be dependent upon streaming formats and sources catching up as next-gen consoles won’t automatically upgrade the performance of the latest gaming PCs.
PS 5 games
We can’t be certain about what games to expect as developers are remaining tight-lipped about whether they have PS5 devkits in hand while the company is also refraining from commenting on the subject.
So far, there’s been no official announcement on how much the PS5 will cost, but analysts predict that the system will launch for $499. It’s possible that the price could even go higher.
All in All
The next console generation is just about a year away, but the excitement is building up already. Be sure to visit our blog regularly as we will drop new developments about PS5 as they unfold.