We knew that Sony was working on a new PlayStation console, but Sony has been quiet about it. Today, however, we have some new info about the PlayStation 5.
In an interview with Wired, system architect Mark Cerny confirmed that the new console will be powered by a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores. This is built on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture and will be paired with a custom GPU, built on AMD’s Radeon Navi family, that supports ray-tracing, and immersive 3D audio. It will also have 8K graphics and an SSD to accelerate rendering and reduce load times. Cerny booted up Insomniac’s Spider-Man game and showed how fast-travel times could be reduced from 15 to 0.8 seconds.
The new system will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games and support the current PlayStation VR headset. It will accept physical media just like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.
We don’t know when Sony will talk about the PlayStation 5 again. When the console does arrive, it’ll face some competition from Microsoft and streaming services like Google Stadia. Fans have been waiting for the PS5 for a while and it sounds like it will be worth the wait. Hopefully, we will hear more about it soon.