In an interview with WIRED, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has revealed that the next PlayStation console will be called the PlayStation 5. The news probably isn't much of a surprise, but until now the name of Sony's next console wasn't confirmed.
Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny have also shared specifics with WIRED about the hardware used in the upcoming PlayStation 5. The PS5 will use a CPU based on AMD's Ryzen CPUs and a GPU based on AMD's Navi architecture. The PS5 will support ray tracing with Cerny saying, "There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware." Storage is getting an upgrade with an SSD too instead of the standard spinning disk hard-drive. The SSD will decimate loading times, allowing games to load considerably faster.
Also confirmed is an optical drive that is also a 4K Bluray player — Sony isn't going disc-less just yet. Physical games for the console will use 100GB optical disks. Game installation will also work slightly different with Sony making the installation and removal process more configurable, Cerny said, "Rather than treating games like a big block of data, we're allowing finer-grained access to the data." WIRED speculates that you could just install say the campaign of a game, and not bother with the multiplayer and vice versa.
The user interface is getting a complete overhaul which will save the player from having to launch games to see whats going on, Cerny said, "Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real-time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player, you just jump right into whatever you like."
WIRED also got a look at a prototype of the new controller. Currently unnamed (although it's probably going to be the DualShock 5) the controller boasts some new features. WIRED believes there could be a microphone in the controller; however, that was not confirmed. One new feature that has been confirmed is "adaptive triggers" which will offer varying levels of resistance to making shooting weapons feel more realistic. Haptic feedback will also replace the current rumble tech used in the controllers and will make the gamepad feel more dynamic. The controller also boasts a USB Type-C connector and a larger capacity battery.
The (now officially named) PlayStation 5 will launch during the Holiday period of 2020.
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