Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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What PlayStation 5's 3D audio chip could mean for gamers

What PlayStation 5's 3D audio chip could mean for gamers

Since it's "partly based on current architecture", it'll also be backward compatible with PS4 games. It will still be based on PC hardware, specifically AMD Ryzen (7nm Zen 2) and Radeon Navi graphics, but it will be much faster and capable due mainly to the switch from a conventional hard drive to SSD (solid state drive) and support for ray tracing. 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. Cerny confirmed that it wouldn't be out in 2019 so stay tuned for 2020 release details.

Sony has just announced the PlayStation 5 - or, to be more specific, its "next-gen console". Demonstrating the new tech, Cerny demonstrates the difference in load times in Spider-Man, dropping a fast-travel transition time from 15 seconds to 0.8.

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". The company says that PS4 games will work with the next generation hardware which will make the transition between platforms easier for gamers who play titles for both the PS4 and PS5.

That's an impressive package, and it will be interesting to see when and how Microsoft meets that challenge with its next generation console (Nintendo will always be off doing its own thing and being Nintendo). Cerny also stated that the PS5 will support 8K resolutions. These SSDs are relatively prevalent now in laptops, and what Sony is bringing to the next PlayStation is described as being specialized for the hardware.

8K support and ray-tracing support will ensure your future games will have awesome lighting while looking fantastic, and 3D audio will be supported as well.

This statement was further verified by various US, European, and Japanese developers, with some discontented with the shift. For more details on the console, be sure to check out the full Wired interview. While we're excited to share more details about our next-generation console in the future, PlayStation fans have plenty of upcoming exclusives to look forward to on PS4, including Concrete Genie, Days Gone, Death Stranding, Dreams, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Part II.

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