Sony Details Next-Generation PlayStation Console

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Extremely fast high-end custom SSD storage faster than any solution now available for PC: Spider-Man load times on PS4 Pro: 15 seconds → 0.8 seconds on next-gen PlayStation.

Cerny confirmed that PlayStation 5 will support 3D audio but did not mention either Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.

Cost and storage capacity have always been major bottlenecks for pushing solid state drives into the gaming console market, and Cerny did not reveal plans for the new device's storage capacity or pricing.

The PlayStation 4's architect, Mark Cerny, recently sat down with Wired to discuss the future of PlayStation hardware.

Sony Interactive Entertainment's Mark Cerny, PlayStation 4 lead system architect and game designer, spoke with Wired magazine about the "next-gen console" that will be the successor to the PS4.

Sony had confirmed that the new platform's launch period will include several cross-platform titles, giving early adopters and folks who prefer to stick with PS4 a window to enjoy the same games.

Support for 8K seems a bit like overkill given TVs supporting that resolution are hardly prolific, but that should at least mean the PS5 will be able to take 4K resolutions with aplomb, potentially at 60 frames per second; the Xbox One X can hit 4K at 30fps in the likes of the graphically sumptuous Red Dead Redemption 2.

To demonstrate how much faster the PS5's SSD will be, Cerny ran a demonstration of PlayStation exclusive Spider-Man loading on PS4, which took 15 seconds in total.

The console will be backward-compatible with PS4 games, as it is partly based on the PS4's architecture. Naturally, Sony would likely be careful to ensure that these games wouldn't cannibalize each other by releasing at the same time, so it's possible that the Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, and Ghost of Tsushima could be getting a staggered release over the course of the first few weeks and months following the launch of the PlayStation 5.

As for ray tracing, it is a technology that can model travel of light in the virtual environment to make lighting effects more complex and realistic.

Cerny wouldn't say more about when the console will be revealed. Sony won't be at E3, but as far as we know, its annual PlayStation Experience is still on. Instead, Sony chose to share the first details about its next-generation console in an interview with Wired.

We'll be bringing you more news on the PlayStation 5 as it becomes available.

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