PlayStation 5 Won’t Be Out in 2019 but Will Have 8K Graphics, SSDs, and more

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Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console has been in the cards for a while and the real details were finally revealed, so we now know what to expect of the PS5!

An interview with Wired revealed that the console will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSDs, even backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games.

The lead system architect for the PS4, Mark Cerny, said that the PS5 isn’t just a better version of the PS4, alike PS4 Pro, but it runs on a very different hardware system.

PlayStation 5 features an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line built on the latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware. Thanks to this equipment, ray-tracing graphics will be available to a game console for the very first time.

These amazing hardware improvements allow the PS5 to support 8K graphics. On that note, you will also need a TV that supports this kind of technology.

Another big improvement brought by the new console is the replacement of the hard drive with a SSD, designed to cut load time.

The Sony PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4 games on the market. PS4 and PS5 are built similarly, therefore it was easy to offer support across models from different production years.  

Another thing Sony promised was that the new console and its content won’t roll around all at once, but in a rather slower transition, featuring multiple game releases for both versions.

In terms of accessories, the company confirmed that the existing PSVR headset will work for the new PlayStation 5.

Although there’s no official release date yet, Cerny told the Wired that the console is not expected to arrive in 2019. Considering that the developers have access to devkits in order to develop games for it, the console should come around 2020.

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