Full disclosure: I am an avid PlayStation fan. I have owned every system except the PS Vita. However, I came up as a PC gamer and recently built a pretty powerful gaming rig capable of ray tracing. I love gaming, mostly single player except Team Fortress 2, and am pretty excited to hear about some of the capabilities of the apparently upcoming PlayStation 5.
The lead architect, Mark Cerny, recently showed off some of the internal components of a future system he did not refer to as the PS5, but come on… The key components include a CPU based on AMD’s Ryzen series, a GPU capable of ray tracing, a solid-state drive, backward compatibility, and the use of physical media.
The CPU will apparently be a custom chip based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen chips and be a part of the 7nm architecture. It will have eight cores. This is a pretty powerful chip and will likely have a base clock speed over 4GHz based on AMD’s own chip information for the series this CPU will be based on.
The GPU will be based on AMD’s Navi line and be capable of ray tracing. I will tell you that there are not a lot of titles supporting this relatively new technology but the titles that do look amazing. Check out this tech demo for Battlefield V to see what we have to look forward too:
PC gamers can tell you that a solid-state drive is one of the greatest gifts to computers and gaming ever. My rig has a Samsung Evo SSD and can boot Windows 10 and open a browser in less than 10 seconds. Games that are installed on an SSD also have amazingly fast load speeds. Cerny showed an example of this by playing Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro and fast traveled from one point to another. This action took 15 seconds. Cerny then used the next generation developer kit to complete the same action in 0.8 seconds. Can you feel the excitement of being able to install and run games this fast? One interesting thing about this is that Cerny states the SSD in this new system is “something a little more specialized.”
As for media, we know this system will be backward compatible with the PS4 and that makes it obvious there will be a physical media drive. The ability to play old games on current consoles is something we once took for granted. Sony has provided us a semblance of backwards play through emulation on the PS3 and PS4 but we can’t play physical discs from the previous generations anymore. I am looking forward to having a system that can play my old games again so I don’t have to have all of my systems connected to the TV anymore.
This system sounds incredibly powerful and I am excited about what I’ve been hearing. Are you going to be a day one owner? Are you excited about these specs? Let us know in the comments below.
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