Sony has again provided some new details for its next-generation console. As part of Sony's Corporate Strategy Meeting today, the company discussed at a high level what it would like to achieve in its various businesses, including PlayStation, in the future.
The two keywords for PlayStation will be "immersive" and "seamless," Sony said, "In terms of hardware, Sony said the next-generation PlayStation 5 will provide an" impressive experience, driven by dramatically higher graphics
This is made possible by the "use of further enhanced computational power and an adapted ultrafast broadband SSD," Sony said.
Overall, the PlayStation 5 offers – or whatever Sony as a new console – experiences far beyond the capabilities of PS4 and PS4 Pro According to Sony, PS5 players can expect "completely transformative and intriguing gaming experiences."
One of the features that PlayStation system architect Mark Cerny spoke for the PS5, is the fact that the use of solid-state drives shortens the loading times on the screen
Cerny pointed out that the Quick Spider-Man travel screen on PS4 on a PS4 Pro took about 15 seconds, but less than a second on a development kit for the PS5. Given that the new hardware is backwards compatible with legacy games, this means that your upgrade load times will be reduced all the way. Watch the following video from the Wall Street Journal report where Takashi Mochizuki is present to see the faster load times in action.
Cerny also talked about how the PS5 enables faster rendering, which means more surrounding objects, and textures populate faster. In today's presentation, Sony said the PS5 will provide "many new features" that go beyond these loading and rendering improvements, though none were mentioned.
Also during the presentation, Sony expects the PS4 to reach sales of 100 million units by the end of the 2019 calendar year. Currently, 96.8 million PS4 systems are sold. According to the company, PlayStation Network has 94 million active users per month.
In addition, Sony management talked about how streaming will play a big role in the PlayStation brand in the future. Sony confirmed that the PS5 will support remote play functionality, and management said that the new agreement with Microsoft on cloud gaming solutions will play a role in the company's future success in this area. Of course, Sony already runs the PlayStation Now streaming service (with 700,000 subscribers as of today), but apparently the company has bigger and bolder plans for the future.
Sony will not be taking part in the E3 2019 next month, so the company is unlikely to announce a PlayStation 5 there. According to Cerny, the PlayStation 5 will have an "appealing" price given its specifications, but there is still no estimate of the ballpark in terms of price. Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 will not be released in the next fiscal year, which means that it will be published in April 2020 at the earliest.