The most-anticipated console of the next generation is going to be the PlayStation 5 and even though it won't launch in 2019, Sony has confirmed many specifications already. Sony may have decided to skip E3 this year, however, PlayStation 4's lead architect Mark Cerny has delivered some of the details that we've been speculating for months.
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In an exclusive report by Wired, Cerny detailed some details that will make the PS5 super powerful. There are some key hardware upgrades that will make the PS5 one of the most anticipated consoles in the next generation.
The console will have a very powerful GPU and CPU that will be based on AMD's eight-core Ryzen chips. The new cores will be built on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 architecture and a custom Navi board. The custom board will have support extremely high-end graphics and features like ray tracing.
The powerful CPU will let games run smoothly and better in terms of frame rates. It will also result in shorter load times and a better overall experience than the PlayStation 4. The improved CPU will also play a vital role in ray tracing support. Ray tracing is basically a feature that was first unveiled by Nvidia on their latest 20 series GPUs. It enables better lighting effects, shadows and reflections. If you want to know more about ray tracing, you can read our detailed guide here.
Other improvements include 3D audio will be most noticeable when playing on headsets. Cerny confirmed that even television speakers will take advantage of this feature as the upgrade is on the hardware level. The other major hardware upgrade would be the inclusion of SSDs. The consoles will be shipped with in-built SSDs that will reduce load times considerably. The SSD on the PS5 is said to be different from what's available in the market right now and is said to be even faster.
In terms of hardware, Cerny did not mention anything else, however, he did mention something in terms of software. Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have backward compatibility which means you will be able to play your PS4 games on the console. The console is also said to have support for PS VR and will get a next-gen upgrade at some point.
With the confirmations, we can confidently say that Sony has now set the bar for next-gen consoles. We will know more about the PS5 closer to its launch and that won't be until 2020. What remains a mystery now is how Microsoft will respond with the next Xbox console.