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Sony’s PS4 successor sports 3D audio tech, faster SSD storage

17 April 2019

The reason why? Load times will be much, much faster on PS5 than on current generation hardware, with existing PS4 and Xbox One consoles using traditional, much slower optical hard drives.

PlayStation's next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device.

Right up front, Cerny confirmed that the PS5 (or whatever it ends up being called) won't launch in 2019.

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Mark Cerny, the man behind much of the PS4's architecture, just dropped a PlayStation 5 bombshell in an exclusive interview with Wired.

Sony had confirmed that the new platform's launch period will include several cross-platform titles, giving early adopters and folks who prefer to stick with PS4 a window to enjoy the same games. It will also have support for 8K TVs, and probably some other features that Sony is keeping to itself. A post on The Wired has surfaced confirming the PS5 specs and Backwards Compatibility. 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. That ties into another aspect - it will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games, although we don't know if it goes any further back through the generations than that. "A number of studios have been working with it, though, and Sony recently accelerated its deployment of devkits so that game creators will have the time they need to adjust to its capabilities".

Cerny reiterates that the "gold standard" of audio is headphone audio, and that this new 3D audio solution on the PS5 will not require external hardware.

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The rest of the specs seem decent, but performance-wise we'll have to wait until Sony's official reveal to see how they'll look in practice. Its competition - the still-unknown Project Scarlett from Microsoft - will pale if it doesn't have at least comparable features.

This statement was further verified by various US, European, and Japanese developers, with some discontented with the shift. Hopefully we'll be able to see the console in action there. Instead, Sony made a decision to share the first details about its next-generation console in an interview with Wired. An ultra-high-speed SSD is the key to our next generation, and our vision is to make loading screens a thing of the past, enabling creators to build new and unique gameplay experiences.

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Sony’s PS4 successor sports 3D audio tech, faster SSD storage