Sony Confirms Next-Gen PlayStation Details, Backwards Compatibility Included

At least you know your PS4 collection won't go to waste.


Sony have announced a host of new details about their next-generation console plans. In an article with Wired, lead system architect Mark Cerny ran through some of core details of the new PlayStation system, which wasn’t referred to as the PS5 but you know it’ll be called the PS5.

The main headlines from the article include the fact that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with the PS4, though earlier consoles weren’t confirmed. The console will also support discs, which is great news for anyone who fears the coming digital future.

As for CPU and GPU, the PS5 will sport a third-gen AMD Ryzen with 8 cores, along with a custom Radeon Navi. All this power means that the console will be able to support graphical features like ray-tracing. There’s also a solid state drive to help reduce loading times, and support for 8K resolution. Developers have also been receiving devkits so they can get used to the capabilities of the hardware.

This all sounds lovely, but it’ll probably be the only thing we hear about the new console for a while, as Sony are giving E3 a miss and Mark Cerny suggests that we won’t be getting more information then. He also confirms that the console won’t release in 2019, so you have plenty of time to save your money for the PS5. Are you excited? Sound off in the comments.

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