Wired has published a new interview with Mark Cerny, lead system architect for Playstation generations yet to come. Within the interview, Cerny revealed the first public facts about Sony’s next console, the Playstation 5.
The machine will run on a third-generation AMD Ryzen processor and a GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi, which will make cool effects like ray tracing possible. The PS5 will use a solid-state drive instead of an HDD, reducing load times, and it will be capable of graphics resolutions as high as 8K. Of course, 8K televisions barely exist. But the point is to be able to brag you can do it.
The best news about the Playstation 5 is that it will be 100% backwards compatible with the Playstation 4. Since the new chipset is a more powerful version of what came before, and not something radically different (like the transition between Playstations 3 and 4), it’s possible to cleanly ensure compatibility and get older discs running. And yes, this means the PS5 will take physical discs. Good.
Cerny said nothing about the launch lineup, but he admitted some of the later PS4 games could wind up having cross-generational releases on both the PS4 and PS5. Let’s hope The Last Of Us Part II isn’t one of them, because this would mean waiting even longer for that game.
So if we’re just hearing about the PS5 now, will we be seeing it at E3? ……We will NOT, because Sony won’t actually BE at E3 — they announced earlier this year they were skipping their presentation. In addition, the PS5 may just not be ready for public viewing….Cerny says it won’t be released in 2019.