It’s hard to believe the PlayStation 4 is turning six this November. After all these years, it’s just about time we heard something about a possible PlayStation 5. Sony had announced it was working on a new PlayStation console, but beyond that, information was sparse—until now. recently sat down with the lead architect for the next-gen system, Mark Cerny, who revealed some juicy details.
Cerny divulged that this in fact will be a new system, not an upgrade like the PlayStation Pro or Xbox One X. (PlayStation 5 is what everyone is unofficially calling it; Cerny wouldn't reveal a name beyond "next-gen console.") To the relief and pleasure of many, it will support backwards compatibility with the PS4, meaning that wonderful gaming catalog won't die with the system. It remains unclear if the backwards compatibility will go back any further than the PS4, but we’ll take what we can get. The current version of the PlayStation VR will also be compatible, though it seems likely an updated version of the VR hardware will come later down the road. The next-gen console will also allow for physical media and not only rely on downloaded applications, as many fans feared it would.
As for the specs, the system will utilize a variation of the AMD Ryzen third generation CPU, and a custom GPU from Radeon's Navi line, Cerny said. For those unfamiliar, that’s a lot of power. The GPU will support ray tracing and 8K displays, making for some intensely good graphics. Another huge innovation Wired reported was the powerful solid state drive, which affects the load times. Cerny showed off incredibly fast load time of 0.8 seconds on the new system, down from 15 seconds on the PS4 Pro.
Cerny confirmed we won’t see this beast of a console anytime in 2019, and the release window and pricing is still unclear. However, Sony has a handful of games planned for both PS4 and its next-generation release, whatever it's called, along with some developers already working on new titles. Stay tuned.