After lots of speculation, Sony’s finally beginning to talk about what’s on tap for the next PlayStation: Ray-tracing, 8K support, and a solid-state drive that just might transform the way you think about games. Get ready for 2020. https://t.co/aDbCe41HcU— Peter Rubin (@provenself) April 16, 2019
• The still untitled console (lbr, it’ll be PlayStation 5) has been in development for four years.
• Will not be released this year.
• Dev kits are currently being deployed to developers.
• Naturally has a more powerful CPU/GPU: “The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.”
• The AMD chip will also include a custom unit for 3D audio: “The result, Cerny says, will make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side.”
• PlayStation VR and 8K support.
• SSD support for improved loading times.
• Will continue to use Blu-Ray discs as their main media of choice.
• Is backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 titles.