Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Sony Confirm PlayStation 5 Specs and Backwards Compatibility

Sony Confirm PlayStation 5 Specs and Backwards Compatibility

In the interview, Cerny confirmed the next-gen PlayStation is partially based on PS4 architecture, which means that it is backwards compatible. It is still not clear if Navi will have dedicated hardware units for ray tracing or if Sony's custom chip is different from Navi GPUs that AMD plans to launch in the PC market, but ray tracing will be a big part according to Cerny. With an SSD, various game functions, such as fast-traveling, would have significantly quicker load times. While individuals and industry analysts like Michael Pachter have predicted Death Stranding would get a PlayStation 5 release, it's now looking more and more likely thanks to the admission that the PS5 will be backward compatible with PS4 games.

Elsewhere in the article, Cerny mentions that the new console-which is not yet officially being called the PlayStation 5-will support 8K graphics, accept games stored on physical media, and support existing PlayStation VR headsets.

- "To demonstrate, Cerny fires up a PS4 Pro playing Spider-Man, a 2018 PS4 exclusive that he worked on alongside Insomniac Games". For storage, it will be an SSD that Sony says, in an interview with Wired, that it will support higher bandwidth than the current generation drives. Wired described a demo with Marvel's Spider-Man that took only 0.8 seconds on an early version of the PS5 compared to 15 seconds on a PS4. If that sounds impressive, you haven't seen anything yet. They're also promising a custom GPU based on AMD's Radeon Navi hardware, enabling ray-tracing graphics to a game console for the first time. Although the console will support 8K, displaying at this resolution will be dependant on TVs catching up. 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".

8K support and ray-tracing support will ensure your future games will have awesome lighting while looking fantastic, and 3D audio will be supported as well. Sony won't be at E3, but as far as we know, its annual PlayStation Experience is still on. Read the full report at Wired.

The rest of the specs seem decent, but performance-wise we'll have to wait until Sony's official reveal to see how they'll look in practice. Are you excited by what we've learned?

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