Sony Drops First PlayStation 5 Details

In a surprise move, Sony today dropped the first details for the next-gen PlayStation are finally here.

Dubbed PlayStation 5 by fans, Sony’s next console has been a source of curiosity. While plans for Xbox’s next-gen console (Scarlet) have leaked, news about the PS5 has been scarce. Sony has done a good job holding all the cards, but today they opted to release some.

Speaking with Wired, lead system architect Mark Cerny detailed what players can expect. Probably the most exciting aspect of the reveal is that Sony is tackling one of the biggest problems with this-generation of consoles, load times. PS5 will have some type of Solid State Drive (SSD) that significantly cuts down load times. Cerny showed Wired a demo of Marvel’s Spider-Man running on a PS4 Pro and the PS5 devkit, which was conveniently hidden away. A fast travel sequence that took 15 seconds on PS4 Pro took only 0.8 seconds on the PS5 devkit.

As for the GPU and CPU, Cerny confirmed that the CPU is based on the third-gen Ryzen line. As the CPU’s architecture is similar to the PS4s, the PS5 should be backwards compatible with all PS4 titles. Meanwhile, the GPU is a custom varient of the Navi family. The goal is to support ray tracing, a graphical technique that models the direction of light to create complex graphics. For example, ray tracing simulates fire reflecting off the metal of a car in Battlefield V. No console on the market can handle it, and it’ll be interesting to see if Cerny and the folks at PlayStation can accomplish this at an affordable price.

Cerny declined to elaborate on Sony’s VR plans, but did comment that he wants to improve the audio experience across all PS5 games. Like in VR, he wants to create environments with 3D audio throughout, something that can be done with ray tracing.

While we did get some details, the PS5 remains very much a mystery. Sony declined to call it the PS5, meaning the naming is still up in the air. They also declined to detail their plans for game streaming or upcoming releases. For example, Wired asked about Death Stranding launching on PS5 as well as PS4. Sony’s response was only PS4.

Stay tuned to learn more about the PS5 in the coming months.