PS5 First Details: Hardware, Back Compatible, 8K, And More

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Being based on the PS4's architecture, the PS5 will also have backwards compatibility, both with PS4 discs and the PSVR system. Instead, it will comprise entirely new hardware which includes; eight-core CPU based on AMD's third-gen Ryzen line built on the chip company's latest 7nm Zen 2 process.

That faster loading also means an in-game camera can zip around Spider-Man's urban environments more quickly, without having to wait for the slow-loading hard drive.

PlayStation's next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device.

One of the coolest features Cerny reportedly showed off in the Spider-Man demo was the solid state drive's (literally) game-changing ability to let players play games faster, without losing an ounce of graphical fidelity.

Death Stranding is a PS4 game, but according to Mark Cerny's enigmatic smile it may also be a PS5 game. However, he did confirm that the PlayStation VR headset as it now exists will be compatible with the next PlayStation console.

If you're wondering, yes, Mark Cerny is in a place to know about these things - on top of being hardware honcho for both PS4 and PS5, he's been a major mover and shaker at PlayStation from nearly the beginning. If that sounds impressive, you haven't seen anything yet.

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The system will support 8K TV's (but will likely run its games in 4K) and will still have physical media.

According to a Sony spokeswoman, the guidelines are there "so that creators can offer well-balanced content on the platform" and so that gaming "does not inhibit the sound growth and development" of kids.

Devkit is with developers and they recently accelerated its deployment.

Cerny reiterates that the "gold standard" of audio is headphone audio, and that this new 3D audio solution on the PS5 will not require external hardware. However, what Microsoft showcases with its upcoming Xbox Scarlett remains to be seen. If the PlayStation 5 happens to release next year, then we can expect further details to surface later this year or at beginning of 2020. For more details on the console, be sure to check out the full Wired interview.

"We're very used to flying logos at the start of the game and graphic-heavy selection screens, even things like multiplayer lobbies and intentionally detailed loadout processes, because you don't want players just to be waiting", Cerny said.

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