Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Sony Reveals The Existence Of Their Own Content Guidelines For PS4

PS5 CPU GPU AMD RYZEN NAVI Sony Details Next-Generation PlayStation Console - News
Katie Ramirez | 17 April, 2019, 13:34

For those devs looking for a more technical breakdown, Cerny explained the next-gen box will feature an eight-core CPU based on the third generation of AMD's Ryzen Line, a custom-built Radeon Navi GPU that'll support ray tracing, and a custom unit for 3D audio that will apparently "redefine" game audio. That ties into another aspect - it will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games, although we don't know if it goes any further back through the generations than that.

Cerny demonstrated the change an SSD introduces to gaming by comparing a load sequence from Insomniac's Spider-Man on a standard PS4 Pro and a dev kit of the next-gen PlayStation.

Cost and storage capacity have always been major bottlenecks for pushing solid state drives into the gaming console market, and Cerny did not reveal plans for the new device's storage capacity or pricing.

The new system also seems to be built around having a large, custom SSD that'll drop load times significantly.

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. However, he did confirm that the PlayStation VR headset as it now exists will be compatible with the next PlayStation console.

More news: Mass production of iPhones set to start in India

Games will continue to launch for the PS4 and PS5 after the new console launches.

While the PS4 got a mid-generation refresh in the form of the PS4 Pro, much like the Xbox One with the Xbox One X, there's a big hardware boost on offer with the PS5.

The other hardware upgrades are also impressive, but at a certain point the descriptions of them sound like so much marketing patter - meaning it's hard for gamers to tell how the hardware described will actually benefit them. For the time being, it's certainly a promising start (I'm all for backwards compatibility), and I'm eager to see what Sony reveals in the leadup to the console's release. 8K video (as well as 4K obviously) is also confirmed.

As for ray tracing, it is a technology that can model travel of light in the virtual environment to make lighting effects more complex and realistic. For more details on the console, be sure to check out the full Wired interview.

We'll be bringing you more news on the PlayStation 5 as it becomes available.

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