PS5 details finally emerge six years after PS4 release


'No matter how powered up you get as Spider-Man, you can never go any faster than this, ' Cerny says, 'because that's simply how fast we can get the data off the hard drive.' On the next-gen console, the camera speeds uptown like it's mounted to a fighter jet.

Speaking to Wired, Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will see massive updates and improvements to its CPU, moving it to the third generation AMD Ryzen tech. He did not offer any details of a next-gen PSVR experience but did say that "VR is very important to [Sony] and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console". As you'd expect, the console will also support 8K displays.

The PS5 specs have been leaked in a Wired interview with PS4 designer Mark Cerny. Taking into consideration the ever-bloating size of video games and the associated ballooning loading times, Cerny has opted to build the upcoming console with faster SSDs rather than traditional HDDs. This will also apparently help maintain graphical quality.

- “If you wanted to run tests to see if the player can hear certain audio sources or if the enemies can hear the players footsteps, ray tracing is useful for that, ” Mark Cerny, lead system architect, explained.

This talk with Cerny brushes over some key details, such as the support for 8K graphics (though good luck finding a TV for that). That is something every gamer can use.

The console's AMD chip will also come with a custom 3D audio unit that, according to Cerny, will "show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it". Perhaps Sony will launch with multiple variants like it did with the PS3? It will be backwards compatible with PS4 games as well. Its competition - the still-unknown Project Scarlett from Microsoft - will pale if it doesn't have at least comparable features.

Even though we don't have a precise release date for the PlayStation 5 yet, Cerny did confirm that it won't be out this year. We still don't know what the console itself looks like or what the games it'll play look like.

One of the things the new system is boasting about is about attempting to be the first console that is able to incorporate ray tracing, "a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments".

Although things like pricing, games, and online features are still a ways off from being revealed, there are some other neat details in Wired's report.