Sony has already announced the first details for the next generation console (most likely named PlayStation 5 if Sony adheres to tradition). The PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4, includes SSD memory and supports PSVR. Sony has not yet announced a price, but the PS5 will not be released until April 2020.
Before we move on, it's worth noting that we do not know the final title of the next PlayStation console. We use PlayStation 5 and PS5 as titles for a short hand, but Sony could always pull a "Vita" on us and give it a different name. PS5's lead system architect, Mark Cerny, has initially refused to explicitly label the console as a PlayStation 5, but simply calls it Sony's "next-gen console". Right, with this disclaimer out of the way, let's move on.
PS5 release date
This is certainly the question on everyone's lips: When will the PS5 come out? Sony is not entirely convinced, as you might expect, but in May 201
Sony did not specify how much the new console costs, but it was recently said that the price of the PS5 will be attractive to gamers. "I believe we can release it in an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be interesting for gamers given the advanced features," said Mark Cerny, PS4's lead architect, who is currently working on his successor. Of course, you would not expect Sony to say otherwise, but you've got the feeling that the company learned from the exorbitant price of the PS3 – and the subsequent battles of the console – and the reasonable costs and later successes of the PS4.
Is PS5 backward compatible with PS4 games?
Cerny also confirmed that the PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4 games because the two consoles are based on similar internal architectures. This will be a welcome message for those who were disappointed by the PS4's lack of backward compatibility with PS3, PS2 and PS1 games.
In even more welcome news, PS4 games will run even faster than on your current console. This is because the PS5 includes a solid-state drive, unlike hard drives that ship with current consoles. Cerny has shown a loading screen of Insomniac's Spider-Man, which takes less than a second on a PS5 development kit, compared to 15 seconds on a PS4 Pro.
Here Sony has surprisingly gained with new information. The company has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will include an AMD chip that has a CPU based on the third generation of Ryzen. The seven nanometer Zen 2 microchip has eight cores. The console also supports 8K gameplay, but of course this depends on catching up the TV.
The graphics are controlled by a custom version of the Radeon Navi series. This graphics chip supports ray tracing, which is becoming increasingly popular in movies and video games. Although traditionally considered as a lighting technique, Cerny says that this technique can also improve the audio quality of the game. In fact, PS5 fully supports 3D audio.
The SSD mentioned above is also a great detail, as games load faster and more objects can be treated simultaneously on the screen than current HDD consoles. Characters and cameras could move through game worlds faster because environments could load much faster than they currently are.
As a final detail, we know that the PS5 will not follow the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which does not include a floppy disk drive. Instead, the PS5 includes a drive so you can still buy physical games. We do not know yet which media the console supports. It is possible that 4K UHD Blu-Rays could be used, which can record about twice as much data as conventional Blu-Ray discs.
Does PS5 support PSVR?
The current PSVR is indeed supported by PS5 PlayStation Move controller. "I will not go into the details of our VR strategy," said Cerny, "except that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console." The system architect paused to say if any new PSVR device would ever come out.