Sony teases next-gen PlayStation specs in new interview

Sony teases next-gen PlayStation specs in new interview

The new system also seems to be built around having a large, custom SSD that'll drop load times significantly.

PlayStation's next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device. Cerny confirmed that it wouldn't be out in 2019 so stay tuned for 2020 release details.

In an interview with Wired, lead architect of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 Mark Cerny confirmed that the next-gen console will support what he calls "3D audio" - something he says will "make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side".

Games will continue to launch for the PS4 and PS5 after the new console launches. Cerny also stated that the PS5 will support 8K resolutions. The description of a gentle transition indicates that the PS5 will be an iteration on the PS4, instead of being drastically different the way the PS3 was from its predecessor. But cutting our loading times? Because it is based on the same hardware architecture, it will also be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games. This feels especially ironic, given it was a Sony executive who once said, speaking about the same feature on the PS4, "When we've dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much".

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In a recent interview, Sony revealed officially for the first time that they do have separate internal content guidelines that developers must follow in order to get their games approved for PlayStation 4.

Sony did not announce any performance specs or talk about their next generation services like online play or game streaming offerings but with the baseline hardware announced, the next thing on the agenda should be how the company plans to differentiate its offering with unique IP and services.

Jargon aside, this basically means that you can expect the appearance of lighting on any kind of surface to look much, much better than in current PS4 games. However, what Microsoft showcases with its upcoming Xbox Scarlett remains to be seen. Furthermore, the console has been in development for the past 4 years and it is not a spec upgrade like the PS4 Pro was. Hopefully we'll be able to see the console in action there.

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

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