Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Sony PlayStation 5 Will Feature 8k Graphics, Ray Tracing, and PS4 Compatibility

Sony PlayStation 5 Will Feature 8k Graphics, Ray Tracing, and PS4 Compatibility

In an interview with Wired, lead architect of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 Mark Cerny confirmed that the next-gen console will support what he calls "3D audio" - something he says will "make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side". This is because unlike the PS3, the PlayStation 4 and 5 share the same X86 architecture.

Cost and storage capacity have always been major bottlenecks for pushing solid state drives into the gaming console market, and Cerny did not reveal plans for the new device's storage capacity or pricing.

Asked if there were next-generation plans for PlayStation VR, Cerny said, "I won't go into the details of our VR strategy today, beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PlayStation VR headset is compatible with the new console".

Even though many gamers still love their PlayStation 4s or PlayStation 4 Pros, one thought has been in the back of our minds for a while: when are we getting the PlayStation 5?

An area that Sony fell behind this generation due to Microsoft's software emulation was backward compatibility.

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For now, it's believed that Sony unveiled their first details regarding the system because they'll not be attending E3 2019.

Update: PS5 will also have a disc drive. The GPU will be a custom chip built using AMD's Navi architecture and will support Ray Tracing. While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into high-end processors and Nvidia's recently announced RTX line, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet. The PS5 is still a long way off and we haven't seen it in action, but it's likely that the SSD will require less cooling and therefore reduce fan noise. This marks another first in the console world: the PS5 will be the first console to ship with an SSD out of the box. On a standard PS4, the load time of the new Spiderman game takes about 15 seconds.

Future PlayStation games will be released on PS4 and PS5 at the same time. While on a PS5 dev kit with SSD, Spiderman loads in just about 1.5s. Meaning if you're playing the next generation of Assassin's Creed on PS5, and a character walks behind you, then you'll hear the same through your speaker.

Towards the end of the report, the subject of cross-generation releases is brought up, where Death Stranding is touched upon.

The rest of the specs seem decent, but performance-wise we'll have to wait until Sony's official reveal to see how they'll look in practice.

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