The PlayStation 4's time in the spotlight is winding down as next-gen quickly approaches. We have heard rumblings about Sony being busy cooking up a new PlayStation and, with their now E3 conference being cancelled, many wondered when we will get our first details about it. That day came a lot earlier than we anticipated as gaming publication WIRED in an inclusive interview with PlayStation's lead Architect Mark Cerny revealed the first details today.
With the recent reveal of Google's new game streaming platform Stadia and Microsoft expanding on their own streaming service the Xbox Game Pass, some gamers were worried that gaming was heading towards an online streaming future. Up step Sony to save day for the traditionalist as during the interview it was revealed that the next PlayStation is 'hardware-focused' and features a solid-state drive. This, in particular, a much-welcomed inclusion as the solid state drive is capable of significantly reducing load times for current-generation games. During the interview, WIRED also got to see this in action when Cerny loaded up Insomniac's Spider-Man onto a devkit for the new console. The game's open world only took 0.8 seconds to load, a massive improvement in comparison to the 15 seconds it would take on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
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Cerny gave information on what's under the hood of the new console going on to state that it will feature a CPU "based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture," as well as a GPU based on Radeon’s Navi family of chips. Full native 8K gaming will be available for those who can make use of it. As for PlayStation VR he also stated that "VR is very important to [Sony]." Cerny wrapped up the interview by lowering everyone's hype meter by confirming the 'PS5' wont be releasing in 2019 but says that "a number of studios have been working with [the devkit]."
No further details about the launch period or day one games were given by Cerny. He also dodged the question about when the console will be fully revealed. As stated previously no Sony at E3 means a grand reveal conference can pop up anytime keeping us all on our toes. It also a great relief to know at least one of the major console makers will be sticking to the more traditional way of gaming. You can hop on over to WIRED for the full interview. Also. for more gaming news check out our Top 5 Favourite Mortal Kombat games or check out what PS4 games are on our must watch list for April.
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