Sony has shared the first official details on the PlayStation 5

For anybody not a secret that Sony is already working on a new home gaming console, the PlayStation. In principle, it’s time. Original PlayStation 4 went for the sixth year. Last October the company’s President Kenichiro Yoshida said that after the release of PlayStation 4 new console is “extremely” must have “is a very powerful technology and hardware of the new generation”. Since that time, the company understandably didn’t say nothing about a new console, shifting the emphasis on new exclusive games for the current generation, such as Days Gone, Dreams ice Last of Us Part II. But the Japanese giant finally delivered the new, official details about the PlayStation 5 (the name is unofficial, it is unknown how the company will call a new generation of console).

In an exclusive interview with Wired magazine chief system architect of PlayStation 4, mark CERN noted that the last four years, the company is not on the next normal update of the current generation PS4, despite the fact that to many may seem so. And it’s true, the current generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft has several times been “refreshing” due to the release of the PlayStation 4 Slim, Pro and Xbox One S and X.

“The key issue here is the tasks console: just to add to your gaming experience that you already get another layer, or maybe some fundamental changes in how it can be new games,” said CERN.

The new console, according to CERN, is designed with the focus of the second approach. That is, we expect a truly new generation of home consoles.

In the same interview walked CERN confirmed earlier rumors that the new console will use third-generation eight-core AMD CPU Ryzen built on a 7 nm microarchitecture Zen 2. Paired with this processor will work new graphics architecture Radeon Navi that can offer technology support ray tracing solution for creating realistic lighting, reflections and shadows, providing a higher level of realism compared to traditional methods of rendering. Recall that at the moment hardware support of this technology is only available in the highest performance gaming PCs. In addition, the new hardware of the next generation console will offer support for multi-directional three-dimensional sound. Its feature will be the ability to carry out the positioning of the sound even without the presence of a suitable external sound system.

The new generation of consoles will also receive support for 8K-resolution, and will use SSD instead of conventional hard disk that will significantly reduce the download time and render game levels. His words reinforced the CERN demonstration of the game Spider-Man from the company Insomniac, first running it on the PlayStation 4 Pro, and then on device new console, showing that the time of rapid movement around the map from one point to another can be reduced from 15 seconds (on PS4 Pro) to 0.8 seconds (device PS5).

For those who have a large collection of games for your PlayStation 4 at CERN has also been good news. First, the new console will get backward compatibility with the older games, because its architecture is similar to the architecture of the PlayStation 4. Second, the new console will support the current version of the headset virtual reality PlayStation VR. If the company plans to release a new garnitury — CERN did not elaborate, but added that the new console will have support for physical media (discs) as PlayStation 4 PlayStation 4 Pro. By the way, according to the latest information from Microsoft, Sony main competitor in the game, the company intends in the near future plans to release a cheaper version of Xbox One’s that do not have a Blue-ray drive.

In General, Sony decided to keep the new console, all those things that, in her opinion, and the opinion of its buyers turned out to be important for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro (sale that go far beyond the sold line consoles Xbox One from Microsoft).

About when the new generation game console, the PlayStation 5 (or whatever she is called) will appear on the market – information, unfortunately, is still there. Profile gaming publications as one report that to wait for a new console before 2020 is not worth it. Sony itself is indirectly confirmed this, previously saying that he would not this year to participate at this year’s E3 — the world’s largest annual trade show of the video game industry. In any case, when a new console hit the market, it will have to once again face the rival from Microsoft, because the latter too will not keep itself waiting long. In addition, the fight for the gamers leads a growing market of cloud gaming streaming services. For example, this year needs to start Stadia from Google. At the start of the service will be available in 30 countries (Russia in the list, unfortunately, is not).

According to the Vice-President of Google Phil Harrison, Stadia will offer instant access to the game without having to download or install any games. As the company claims, a very powerful stuffing the gaming data centers, Google will allow subscribers to the service “stream” the game on your device in 4K resolution with a frame rate of 60 Hz. It is expected that games will be available for different devices: laptops, desktops, TVs, tablets and phones. The cost of subscription, as stated by the company, will be known later.