The Next Gen: The PlayStation (5?)

Somewhere behind the screens at WIRED HQ sits a very smug writer who just landed one of the biggest exclusives of the year. 

Since Sony PlayStation revealed they wouldn’t be attending E3 we’ve all been wondering when and how the next generation of PlayStation would be revealed.

Though we still won’t be seeing the “next-gen console” anytime in 2019 we now know a lot more thanks to WIRED’s exclusive interview with Mark Cerny – lead architect on the PS4.

I’m not going to pretend to know much about tech, so here’s everything we know with a lot less scary jargon.

It has been confirmed that the new console with use an AMD. Taking base from AMD’s Ryzen Line (3rd Gen) the CPU will bring about newer ways to create quality games – such as ray tracing and using eight cores to create a visual experience unlike previous consoles.

Sony haven’t just upgraded their visuals as they plan to take advantage of their powerful systems for newer and bolder audio. The plan: to make you feel more immersed.

With the next console the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.

Other features the new PlayStation will sport include 8K, for the few of us who have it, an SSD for faster processing (cutting loading times dramatically).

In terms of the new technology we now know a lot more and what we can expect consoles to live up to – as a minimum. However, what Cerny did’t tell us is about the services and features changes and it’s unsure how long we’ll wait to know.

PlayStation continues to keep most of their cards to their chest, which is probably best in such a highly competitive market.

Sarah Fox

Read the exclusive interview here: https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-sony-next-gen-console/

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