Everything You Need To Know About The 'PlayStation 5'

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There's some great news on the horizon for gamers and tech fanatics! In an interview with Wired, Mark Cerny from Sony shared some details about the next gaming console set to be released, taking over for the PlayStation 4. Cerny is the lead system architect of the eagerly anticipated console--the PlayStation 5, and shared some information that will be sure to excite PlayStation fans.

Although Cerny didn't confirm the official name of the system, most media outlets are simply referring to it as the PlayStation 5, the next generation in a series of game consoles that have been wildly successful for the Sony brand. The details that Cerny shared in the interview painted a picture of a new console that is built similarly to the PlayStation 4, conveniently allowing users to use some of their existing PlayStation products, but with significant upgrades that are sure to enhance the gameplay experience.

So what can be expected from this new console? Here's everything we know about the next generation system from Sony that's rumored to be released in 2020.

The System Will be Backwards Compatible

When the PlayStation 4 was released, arguably one of the more frustrating features was that the games from the older consoles were not compatible with the new system. The good news for the PlayStation 5 is that you will be able to play your PlayStation 4 games that you've been collecting. The new console is not going rely solely on the cloud for gaming, and will still take game discs.

Additionally, the PlayStation Virtual Reality equipment and games will also be compatible with the PlayStation 5. This feature of backward compatibility will help this new system live up to one of the best selling features of the Xbox One, as people won't just need to scrap their old games and equipment and rush out to buy new ones.

It Will Feature a Better Faster SSD Hard Drive

According to the interview Cerny did with Wired, the new Sony console will have a much faster and better Solid State Drive (SSD). Rather than using a hard drive, the new system will have an SSD that is reported as having a higher bandwidth than you can find in PC's or laptops.  This means that games will play faster, and graphics will render more quickly.

What this will look like in action during gameplay is faster loading times, graphics loading and rendering faster and ultimately a more realistic experience for gamers. In the interview, Cerny communicated how exciting this particular upgrade will be, and how it will significantly change the gameplay experience that is currently available. With faster loading times and rendering, there will not be as much waiting for users, which ultimately only enhances the experience for gamers.

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It will have Better Visual and Sound Quality

According to Gamespot:

"Housed in the console will be an AMD chip that has a CPU based on the third-generation Ryzen. It'll have eight cores of the seven-nanometer Zen 2 microchip. Although the console will support 8K, displaying at this resolution will be dependant on TVs catching up."

This new console will also support something called "ray tracing", a visual and audio rendering technique that is sure to make gameplay even more hyper-realistic. Although this has been used in movies, no console yet has supported ray tracing for games. Cerny stated that although the effects of ray tracing are mostly visual, it will make the audio experience enhanced as well.

Additionally, in the interview with Wired, Cerny discussed how the AMD chip would support 3D audio, making for an even more immersive experience for gamers. According to Cerny, the hope is to create an audio experience that will be equally engrossing for players.

More information is sure to come as time goes on in the development of this system.

Despite the general information and technical specs that have been confirmed about the new system, there is still a lot we don't yet know about the next generation PlayStation console. With a yet-unannounced release date and developers still working on it, there are sure to be many more details that will be formally released by Sony later. Until then, gamers will just have to look forward to the release of a new console that seems to be prioritizing user experience and hyper-realism in gameplay.

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