PS4 is still alive and kicking, but Sony has already revealed the first details of PlayStation 5. We know about its backward compatibility with PS4 games, SSD storage and PSVR support. But what about PS5's price, release date and game lineup? While Sony does not yet have many of these details, it has offered some tracks.
Before continuing, it is worth noting that we do not yet know the final title of the next PlayStation console. We use PlayStation 5 as a short title, because well surely the convention dictates that it will be the device name – but Sony could always "pull a Vita" on us and call it something different. In fact, PS5's system administrator, Mark Cerny, has refused to explicitly call the PlayStation 5 console at present, rather than simply referring to it as Sony's "next-gen console". Right, with the disclaimer out of the way, let's turn on.
PS5 Release Date
This is definitely the question of everyone's lips: when does PS5 come out? Sony, as you expect, is tight in the case, but in May 201
Again , Sony has not set how much the new console will cost, but recently said that PS5's price will be attractive to players. "I think we will be able to release it on a SRP [suggested retail price] that will appeal to players in the light of its advanced feature set," said Mark Cerny, PS4's leading architect who is currently working on his successor. 19659002] Of course, you wouldn't expect Sony to say anything else, but you get the feel that the company has learned from PS3's exorbitant price tag – and the console's subsequent battle – and PS4's more reasonable cost and subsequent successes .
Will PS5 be backward compatible with PS4 games?
Cerny also confirmed that the PS5 will be backward compatible with PS4 games, as the two consoles are built on similar internal architectures. This will be welcome news for those who were disappointed with PS4's lack of compatibility with PS3, PS2 and PS1.
In even more welcome news, PS4 games will even run faster than they do on your current console, in part, because the PS5 will include a solid state drive, as opposed to hard drives that the current consoles send. Cerny has demonstrated a load monitor from Insomniacs Spider-Man that takes less than a second on a PS5 development kit compared to 15 seconds on a PS4 Pro.
This is where Sony has been surprisingly fair with new information. The company has confirmed that PlayStation 5 will include an AMD chip that has a CPU based on third-generation Ryzen. It will have eight zen nanometer Zen 2 microchip cores. The console will also support 8K gameplay, but of course it will depend on TVs.
Graphics will be powered by a custom version of the Radeon Navi line. This graphics chip will support beam tracking, which is starting to become popular in movies and video games. Although traditionally considered a lighting technique, Cerny says that this technique could also improve gaming sound. In fact, PS5 will fully support 3D audio.
The aforementioned SSD is also a great detail, as it means games will load faster and be able to handle multiple items on the screen at one time than the current HDD powered consoles. Signs and cameras could move faster through game worlds, as environments could load much faster than they are at the moment.
As a final detail, we know that the PS5 does not go to the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition route, which does not include a disk drive. Instead, PS5 will include a disk drive, so be sure you can still buy physical games. We do not yet know what kind of discs the console will support. It is possible that it could handle 4K UHD Blu-Rays, which can carry about twice as much data as standard Blu-Ray discs.
Will PS5 support PSVR?
The current PSVR will actually be supported by PS5, as it will PlayStation Move controllers. "I don't want to go into the details of our VR strategy," says Cerny, "noting that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console." The system architect stopped briefly to say if a new PSVR device ever comes out.