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On April 16th, 2019, Wired released an article about the upcoming next generation console by Sony. Lead writer Peter Rubin had a chance to interview the current and previous architect of PlayStation consoles, Mark Cerny. While we should not expect a release date or full reveal any time soon, the article did leave tech enthusiasts some insight on what to expect in the near future.
One glaring issue with the PS4 regarding games is that file requirements have gradually gotten bigger over the years, with certain titles requiring over 100 GB of memory to install. This leads to the system having a hard time performing and having increased loading times. From what Cerny stated, him and his team seem keen on solving these problems with the console having a heavier focus on performance and optimization. The CPU and GPU of the system will be much more powerful than the previous generation of consoles, and it will also include Solid State Storage (SSD), which will be a first in the history of gaming consoles. This amalgamates to a system with improved system memory, faster loading speed, crisper visuals and better world rendering.
Another feature promised was the implementation of ray tracing, which essentially simulates real-time lighting and object reflection in-game, something that has never been possible with previous hardware without horrendous frame drops. There will also be the inclusion of 3D audio, 8K resolution and most importantly, backwards compatibility with PS4 games.
With all these details in mind, it is important to note that there was no mention of cost, which is important to think about as a lot of these features are quite demanding for a high-performance computer and therefore expensive. Sadly, there is only so much we can speculate on, as Sony detailed earlier this year that they would be much quieter in terms of announcements and will not have any media presence at E3. However, it might show up sooner than one might think ,as it has been confirmed that game studios have acquired Devkits for the new system. If we don’t hear anything in 2019, maybe there will be more on the Sony horizon in 2020.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 10 on March 20th, 2019