The next generation of gaming is just a year away. And one of the upcoming consoles that’s set to bring in that new age is the Sony’s confirmed PlayStation 5.
The mega success that is Sony’s PlayStation 4 has enjoyed an amazing run and is still going to deliver quality gaming experiences in the run up to its successor. Once the Holiday 2020 season kicks in however, the PS5 will take its place and hopefully continue to please Sony’s loyal gamer base. Mark Cerny, the chief architect on Sony’s upcoming console, has already given the world a few tidbits of info regarding the PS5 and what it’s capable of. Alongside official news, PS5 watchers have gotten info on their next hardware purchase via leaks centering on the console’s registered patent for its design and legit info about the console’s controller.
With all the factual info that’s been released thus far about the PS5, there’s a couple of details that truly get us hyped about its hardware advancements. It’s time we detailed the main tech specs about the PS5 that gets us excited about Sony’s next-gen foray into console gaming.
Ray Tracing Capabilities
When a new console enters the next console race, gamers look towards its visual fidelity as a sign of its leap in graphical power. The PS5’s is being powered by an 8-core AMD chipset that’s similar to the performance of third generation Ryzen architecture. As for the GPU, it’s set to work off the technical foundation set by the best elements of the Radeon Navi GPU hardware.
With these hardware elements put in place, the PS5 is capable of delivering the type of graphical amazement that comes from ray tracing. This advanced lighting technique can do wonders for the towards continuing Sony’s penchant of delivering graphical powerhouses via their first-party IP’s. Next-level graphics can bring a new level of visual wonderment to games such as the next God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn. PS5’s GPU hardware will help produce the ray tracing acceleration needed to help next-gen games reach their full graphical potential.
Backward Compatibility With the PS4
The PS5 has built up a massive library of incredible single-player and multiplayer focused games. It’s always hard to move on to the next generation of gaming when you’re forced to trade in your prior consoles and games in order to afford the newest one. Sony is looking out for those who value their PS4’s, though – they’ve made it abundantly clear that the PS5’s backward compatibility tech will allow gamers to play physical and digital PS4 titles.
That’s not all, though – you’ll also be able to play online with PS4 players on your PS5 via crossplay capabilities. The PS4 library is jam packed with fighting games, shooters, sports games, etc. that will still have an active community once the PS5 finally releases. With the promise of backward compatibility, PS5 owners will have every reason to hold onto their PS4 games and continue to enjoy them to their heart’s content.
A New SSD Storage System
Major open-world games will only get bigger once the PS5 comes into play. And with bigger games comes the fear of them taking a lot more horsepower and time to load each time gamers enter their massive worlds. A demonstration of the PS5’s loading times when compared to that of the PS4’s hit the web back in May 2019 and showed just how much faster the PS5’s load times will be. This feature comes courtesy of the console’s custom SSD storage system, which is said to be 19 times faster than a standard issue version. Sony’s recent patent (which points to a new type of software that gets rid of loading screens altogether) is just more of a reason to get excited about PS5’s focus on getting gamers to the good stuff in as little time as possible.
The DualShock 4’s “rumble technology” looks to be a thing of the past come Holiday 2020. The PS5’s controller will instead feature a new piece of technology that will hopefully offer gamers a broader range of feedback from their onscreen actions. Crashing a car into a wall, tackling someone on a football field, and getting hit with an especially painful martial arts maneuver should provide a more realistic impact from the PS5 controller. The haptic feedback coming our way means every move we perform will feel realistic and bring us that much closer to the action at hand.
Adaptive Trigger Buttons
Another major feature of the PS5’s controller that’s particularly newsworthy is its adaptive trigger buttons. Sony has announced that the trigger buttons (L2/R2) can be tuned to the specifications game developers want gamers to feel from their experiences. That means gamers will find themselves getting more immersed in all the physical activities they’re asked to perform, such as pulling back an arrow before releasing it, blasting foes with an automatic rifle and getting a huge boost of speed at the start of a race. The PS5’s controllers adaptive trigger buttons will do wonders for shooters, racers and a host of other outside the box genres.