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Sony's PS5 will be an AMD-powered beast

17 April, 2019, 13:36 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Cerny stated that the console will not launch in 2019. It's based on the company's 7-nanometer process, like the Radeon VII introduced at CES this year, but is expected to have a better power profile than AMD's graphics processors traditionally have. The publication recently sat down with lead systems architect Mark Cerny, who served in the same role for the development of the PlayStation 4, to discuss plans for its unnamed successor, which some reports have pegged for a 2020 launch. While Sony was not talking about VR in the interview, it's not hard to see how improved 3D audio would translate to more robust experiences while using PSVR.

The PS5, PlayStation 5, or "next-gen console", as Sony is now calling it, has had its specifications revealed. Because it is based on the same hardware architecture, it will also be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games. Although the console will support 8K, displaying at this resolution will be dependant on TVs catching up.

It's much more impressive than anything you've seen on a console before. “It's all the same thing as taking a ray through the environment.”. Adding to the immersion, the AMD chip would also allow for a form of "3D audio", which would allow players to tell from which direction sounds are coming from. According to Cerny, developers let Sony know that what they want solid-state drives in the new hardware, as opposed to the slower equivalents used in current consoles. However, he did confirm that the PlayStation VR headset as it now exists will be compatible with the next PlayStation console.


To highlight the benefits of an SSD, he booted up Marvel's Spider-Man on a next-gen devkit, which is only an early "load speed" version, and compared its performance with that of the PS4 version. Cerny says the console will pack a "specialized" SSD that will dramatically reduce load times, and noted it was one of the most requested features from a dev standpoint. Furthermore, Sony also confirmed that there's a chance for possible cross-platform releases.

Cerny was asked to define the console's price range, the veteran designer said, "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set". "I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro-it might be one-third faster".

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