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Next generation is officially here.

This past week, Sony announced the Playstation 5 or at least the closest to an announcement we’ll get. Thanks to an interview with Mark Cerny over at Wired.com, Mark Cerny is promising that the Playstation 5 will support 8K graphics, super fast SSDs, and backwards compat with the library over at the Playstation 4.

According to Mark Cerny, the Playstation 5 isn’t just a spec-boosted upgrade of the PS4 but a full fledge console that can promise the best of what console gaming has to offer. New hardware like ray tracing, eight-core CPU based on AMD’s Ryzen line built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process and a custom GPU based on Navi will be inside the console. The end result is a powerful console that promises the best of what console gaming has to offer and a console that can support 8K graphics assuming you have enough money to even buy an 8K TV.

Another big change coming to the Playstation 5 is 3D Audio and the replacement of the hard drive with an SSD, which Sony claims will help improve load time and gameplay beyond anything possible with a hard drive which was put to the test when Mark Cerny showed a demo of Spiderman on the Playstation 5 dev kit, loading times were greatly improved from 15 seconds to a solid 8 seconds. On top of an SSD, Sony is putting great emphasis on 3D Audio which will help with immersion purposes when it comes to speakers and headphones.

Backwards compatibility will be coming to Playstation 5 as well, all existing games on the PS4 will be backwards compat on the Playstation 5 which is great news.

For now, this is all we’re going to get. There’s no word yet on pricing, release date, or what games will be made available for the system. It’s going to be a while until we learn more about Sony’s next generation console, the only thing we know is that it won’t launch in 2019 and that the hardware is now in the hands of developers which would make sense for a 2020 release date.

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