Sony has revealed new details about its next gaming console, expected to be the PlayStation 5. The company shared the information as part of a corporate strategy presentation.
The first bit of good news is that the console will be backwards-compatible and users can play PlayStation 4 games on the unit. It will also be compatible with the PlayStation VR.
Additionally, the next-generation console will support physical game discs.
Sony added that the PlayStation 4 will remain the “engine of engagement of profitability” for the next three years, while it is speculated that the PlayStation 5 may launch in 2020.
New GPU and CPU
Looking at the hardware in the PlayStation 5, Sony said the console will be powered by a new CPU and GPU.
Sony previously told Wired that the next-generation console will feature a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores, and a custom AMD Radeon Navi GPU.
The graphics chip will support ray tracing, while Sony said the new PlayStation will support 8K graphics.
Storage in the PlayStation 5 will be taken care of with SSDs, compared to the PlayStation 4’s current hard drives.
This hardware contributes to the PlayStation 5 being 10-times faster than a PlayStation 4 Pro at loading complex scenes.
No pricing or launch date information was shared by Sony.