Sony has just announced the PlayStation 5 – or, to be more specific, its “next-gen console”. An exclusive article published by Wired today reveals intricate secrets about what the company has been cooking – and it gives us a much better idea of what to expect. In short, it’s super-powered, already in the hands of developers, backwards compatible, and being designed once again by the PlayStation 4's Mark Cerny.
To confirm: this is not a drill.
According to the system architect, the new device is being designed to deliver “fundamental changes in what a game can be”. It will be compatible with the current PlayStation VR headset, although it seems likely the platform holder will also manufacture a new one. Cerny took time to outline how the new hardware will enhance audio by processing 3D sound.
It sounds like a significant step up in terms of power, supporting 8K graphics, dramatically faster loading with its SSD, and advanced processing techniques like ray tracing. This isn't a full reveal, but we now know a lot more about what PS5 will be capable of.
There's a lot of information to get through, so here's a list of all the key points to take from the report:
- PS5 Confirmed to Be Backwards Compatible with PS4 Games
- PS5 Will Be Compatible with PSVR, Says Mark Cerny
- PS5 Will Innovate How Game Audio Is Processed
- Don't Worry, PS5 Will Have a Disc Drive
- PS5 Will Use a Specialised Solid-State Drive to Dramatically Reduce Load Times and Improve Performance in Games
- Sony Has Been Building PS5 for Four Years Already
- Sounds Like Death Stranding Could Release on Both PS4 and PS5
- Sony Wants to Give Devs Time to Adjust to PS5's Capabilities
- Sony on Google Stadia: We're Cloud Gaming Pioneers
- Mark Cerny Says the PS5's Specialised Solid-State Drive Is the 'Key' to Next-Gen
- PS5 Will Support 8K Graphics
- PS5 Specs Expand to Ray Tracing, Bringing Hollywood Effects to the Home
- Sony Not Yet Ready to Talk About PS5 Price, Games, or Services
If you want to read the full report yourself, have a read of that Wired article through the link. What do you make of all this PS5 information? Are you excited by what we've learned? Prepare for next-gen in the comments below.