With the company announcing the PS4 nearing its end life cycle, consumers naturally turn to the next big thing- the Play Station 5. What kind of new technology will it have, and how will the PS5 change the way we play videogames? More importantly, when will we get to see Sony’s newest console in action?
Will The PS5 Appear at E3 2018?
Shawn Leyden, Sony Interactive US President has announced that the PS5 won’t make an appearance at the next E3, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on the way. Expert analysts are saying that the console will be out by 2019 and will be backwards compatible, but John Kodera, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment has mentioned that the next leap won’t happen until 2021.
The Tech Behind The Play Station 5
Rumor from SemiAccurate.com has it that the newest PlayStation console will be powered by a Navi graphics technology made by manufacturer AMD. The tech site has had quite a good track record in terms of predictions, with fairly accurate predictions on the PS4 specs, the XBox One X cycle and the PS4 Pro.
AMD’s Navi is the latest GPU architecture that uses a 7 nanometer process. The tech should be more energy efficient and perform better as compared to its 16 nanometer graphic card counterparts. Keep in mind that Navi won’t necessarily be faster than NVIDIA’s flagship OPUS, but in terms of cost-effectiveness this should bring down the console’s price to reasonable ranges (in the $500s), rather than a $2,000 gaming desktop.
Moreover, the PS5 is rumored to have backward compatibility with the PS4 as they are likely to build the PS5 using the same X86 chip architecture in the PS4 and the PS4 Pro. Other rumors include a custom Zen processor, dev kits and VS capability that will be built in the console’s technology.
If the rumors are true and Sony partners with AMD for Navi, then there’s a great chance that they will get the same manufacturer when it comes to the GPU. The PS4 Pro sports the Vega GPU line (made by AMD) and they seem to be satisfied with the performance, so it’s likely that they will do the same thing when the gaming processor manufacturer releases their new line of graphic cards in 2019. Navi’s outstanding features include next-gen memory and even greater scalability; if AMD can keep the form more compact then the graphical output of the PlayStation 5 should be better than the Radeon graphics core the PS4 is churning out
The PS5 should have more power under the processing hood as the next console will most likely be powered by the Ryzen CPU from AMD. The Ryzen CPU should have more processing prowess as compared to the AMD X86 architecture inside P54s. What this means in layman’s terms is that the PS5 should be able to churn out 60fps gaming more easily than its predecessor Moreover, the Zen CCX module should provide much-needed power to handle more sophisticated Al behavior and a more destructible environment, among others.
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Should consumers get 4K TVs so they can maximize their PS5 gaming when the console finally comes out? The answer is yes. 4K resolution is the future, and for this reason you should own a 4K TV that you can hook the Play Station 5 to
The console should offer a leap in terms of graphics over the PS4, and the PS4 Pro has already shown us that it can provide amazing results, i.e., Wipeout Omega Collection and Horizon Zero Dawn. While LED displays are dominating the TV landscape as of the moment, more advanced screen tech such as OLED screens and OLED technology may have become more affordable in the next few years. It’s also likely that HDR will be a common feature in most PS5 games.
Launch games can make or break an announcement, and you can be sure that there will be AAA titles when the PlayStation 5 is finally shown to the public. The two most notable possibilities will be The Last Of Us 2 and Death Stranding. While they’re currently in development, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t make their first appearance on Sony’s newest shiny console. Other titles may include the FF7 remake, a new Assassin’s Creed, Destiny, a DICE shooter, Call of Duty and FIFA 21, among others.