Listen, as a PC owner it’s quite difficult for me to get truly hyped for a next gen console, especially when I know that my PC is already two generations ahead. Still, I’m still excited to see what PS exclusives will take advantage of this new powerhouse system.
According to The Verge:
Sony is promising that the PS5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, super fast SSDs, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 games.
According to Mark Cerny, the PS4 includes an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware, which will bring ray-tracing graphics to a game console for the first time.
Sony is also putting particular emphasis on 3D audio for the PlayStation 5. The new AMD chip apparently includes a custom unit just for that, which Sony hopes will lead to more immersive gaming both on TV speakers and headphones.
The other big change is the replacement of the hard drive with an SSD, (In a demo described by Wired, fast-traveling in Spider-Man for the PS4 took only 0.8 seconds on an early devkit for the PS5, compared to 15 seconds on a PS4.)
I’m liking what I’m hearing so far but the big question is, how much will all of this cost? I remember very vividly that people were outraged that the Xbox One X came at a $500 price range and seemed way too expensive for a home console. If the PS5 falls in that same price range, then I better see y’all keep that same energy as before.
I think the only notable good thing that came with this news was the backwards compatibility. The 8K is cool, but just like the 4K PS4, most of their demographic won’t even have 8K TV’s so that feature shouldn’t be exciting for most people. It’s going to be a while before 8K becomes a norm but it’s nice to see that Sony’s thinking ahead for the future.
Their investment for 3D sounds is very intriguing as well. That’s an area that might benefit since most TV’s today will have some form of 3D audio system built in that can take advantage of this feature. Let me know what you guys think?