In about few months from now we’ll be booting-up our PS5 (5th Gen PlayStation), but what can we expect it to do? We’ve rounded up the latest details, speculated on what’s to come, and quizzed some of the industry’s devs on what they expect. It’s time to get excited, because PlayStation 5 is coming very soon to enjoy this 2020 holidays.
New CPU in PS5
PS5 will be powered by an AMD Ryzen custom chip, a Zen2, with eight cores / 16 threads. “Generating a whole world and hundreds of levels requires all the horsepower we can get,” says Joris Dormans, game director of upcoming procedural beauty Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy. “A faster CPU and faster memory will dramatically decrease generation times, enabling us to procedurally generate even more complex worlds and gameplay.”
The traditional hard drive, as featured in our PS4s, is being replaced by a solid state drive. These SSDs are fast but costly, but the results show why the new tech is worth shelling out for. We’ve already seen it demoed using Marvel’s Spider-Man running on a PS5 dev kit. On PS4 Spider-Man takes 8.10 seconds to load, whereas on PS5 that time is reduced to 0.8 seconds. You won’t even have time to take a sip of your tea before starting!
New Games in PS5
You love PlayStation games like God Of War but you’re coming to PS5 for new experiences. There are rumours of a new Uncharted game from San Diego Studio and an unannounced PS VR experience, plus Fumito Ueda’s new game is in the works – and who could turn down an SSD-Ryzenpowered Last Guardian-alike?
Machine Learning in PS5
“First, there was a time when graphics improved, then there was network features, and now I guess you can say it’s a return to the ‘programmable’ era,” said Yakuza series director Toshihiro Nagoshi in a recent Sega Nama broadcast. “I think artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to evolve.” This means PS5 could track the games you play and how you play, learning from your interactions to adjust not only the difficulty of a game but also its narrative focus.
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Ps5 3D Audio
While we don’t know exactly how PS5 will deliver its audio, we do know it’ll have 3D audio and will likely sound like, or could well be, Dolby Atmos. This allows for accurate sound design, with areas on and off the screen being targeted for audio effects. It’s the kind of encompassing audio that will put you into the game.
Fast Charging in PS5
The new PS5 pad will have a USB Type C connection for faster charging. Again, ‘speedier everything’ is the next gen’s mantra, and that includes devices connected to Sony’s new next-gen console.
Integrated Camera on PS5 Controller
While some of the new controller’s features have been revealed, it still holds some secrets. It’s rumoured the DualShock 5 will come with an integrated camera to make its motion controls even better.
Cross Play in PS5
It’s not been confirmed but the direction of travel is to integrate online gaming as much as possible across platforms, so we’d expect the big releases and games-as-service to include some kind of crossplay at launch.
It’s PlayStation 5
“I’m proud to share that our next-generation console will be called PlayStation 5,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. He added in a Wired article: “It’s nice to be able to say it, like a giant burden has been lifted from my shoulders.” Before now we had to call it ‘Sony’s next console’ just in case Sony lost its collective marketing mind and called the system PS-Next or PlayStation Ultra – but, of course, it was always going to be PlayStation 5.