PlayStation 5 will feature PS4 backward compatibility, 8K, VR

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Sony is dropping out of E3 this year, but that didn’t stop rumors about how the company is working on a next-gen console. Well, today it’s official since the tech company has made it known that it’s working on the PlayStation 5. What can gamers expect? It’s going to support backward compatibility, PSVR, ray tracing, 8K and more.

Sony’s Mark Cerny talked with Wired to reveal information about the PlayStation 5, even though he isn’t calling it by that name yet. Even though there isn’t an official name yet, it’s going to be very surprising if the company decides to change it to something else.

Since it’s going to be a new console, gamers are interested to know what’s going to be inside the machine. The next PlayStation will have an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-generation Ryzen line featuring the new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. It’ll also use AMD’s GPU technology with a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family that will support ray tracing, which can trace the path of simulated light in real time. You can check out Goodbye Kansas and Deep Forest Films’ real-time demo, “Troll,” featuring Alicia Vikander’s performance for an example.

There have been gamers worrying that companies will ditch physical media for digital media. The “PlayStation 5” will still feature physical media, and to add icing on the cake, there will be backward compatibility. This will definitely make a lot of PlayStation 4 users happy.

“The next-gen console will still accept physical media; it won’t be a download-only machine. Because it’s based in part on the PS4’s architecture, it will also be backward-compatible with games for that console.”

Sony isn’t giving up on VR technology, and the upcoming console will support the PlayStation VR.

“I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy today beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console,” Cerny said.

It’s rumored that there will be a new version of the PSVR that will be wireless with eye-tracking technology. Objects not focused by the eye will be rendered with low graphics, allowing for better and detailed graphics.

Gamers have been able to get faster loading times with the use of external solid-state drives for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We can expect a specialized version for the upcoming machine.

“I have an SSD in my laptop, and when I want to change from Excel to Word I can wait 15 seconds,” Cerny said. “What’s built into Sony’s next-gen console is something a little more specialized.”

With the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, gamers can play games that support 4K. The “PlayStation 5” will support 8K graphics, and that means they’ll likely have to upgrade their TVs once again if they want an even higher resolution.

“While the next-gen console will support 8K graphics, TVs that deliver it are few and far between, so we’re using a 4K TV,” he said.

Services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have made it easy for consumers to stream content for TV series and films. For gamers, we’ve had cloud gaming that allows players to play games entirely via streaming like PlayStation Now and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Expect the next-gen console to support that.

“We are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch.”

So when is the “PlayStation 5” coming out?

“Won’t be landing in stores anytime in 2019,” Cerny revealed. “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.”

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