PlayStation 5 will have an SSD and a graphics card that supports ray-tracing
The lead architect of PlayStation
The lead architect of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Mark Cerny has given a lengthy interview to Wired’s Peter Rubin and shared some features about Sony’s next generation console which is likely to be called the PlayStation 5.
Playstation 5 supports AMD generation processor
In that interview, Mark Cerny revealed that the next PlayStation will feature an eight-core CPU just like PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The custom made CPU will be based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen processors. It will feature eight 7nm cores.
GPU of Playstation 5
As for the GPU Sony plans to build a custom graphics processor which is based on the forthcoming AMD Navi family, capable of real-time ray tracing, an effect that simulates the path of light through a scene, allowing for incredibly realistic and complex reflections, refraction and shadows.
Cerny says that the next generation PlayStation GPU will support ray tracing.
Those chips will also lead to a jump in audio performance. You can expect good 3D audio support if you have a set of speakers or headphones that support this kind of stuff.
The PlayStation 5 will also be built with SSD hard drives by default. This is a key difference between PC games and console games. Spinning hard drives lead to endless loading screens.
Choosing for an SSD changes everything. For instance, Cerny says that fast-travel in Spider-Man running on a PlayStation 4 Pro does take approximately 15 seconds, while it will take less than a second on a next-generation PlayStation devkit.
Moving on to the hardware front, Cerny also confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have a BluRay drive like PlayStation 4 to read physical games. It will, therefore, be compatible with PS4 games.
Based on the interview, it’s uncertain whether Sony is having planning to launch a second-generation PlayStation VR headset. But if you have already bought a VR headset, it’ll be compatible with the future PlayStation.
PlayStation 5 release date
Sony is skipping E3 this year, which show that we won’t hear more about the PlayStation 5 for a while. The company will most likely launch the new console in 2020.