The "PlayStation 5" Will Feature Plenty of AMD Chips and an SSD

Yolanda Curtis
April 17, 2019

While Sony has begun to announce details of what we can expect following the launch of the next-gen console, it wouldn't be a poor estimate to predict a PS5 release in 2020.

What's more likely, is that the PlayStation 5's 3D audio will work in a similar way to Creative's SXFI technology, which uses a holographic algorithm to replicate the immersive soundstage of a full surround sound system through a pair of stereo headphones.

And Sony is going to bring backwards compatibility to the platform.

There's a lot of information to soak in from this PlayStation 5 article from Wired, but something tucked away near the end has grabbed our attention. Well ahead of E3 and their separate official PS5 event, Sony is dropping knowledge kernels on us as to what the next generation of hardware actually entails, and the info is substantial. That's on top of new CPU, new GPU, the ability to deliver unparalleled visual and audio effects in a game. It'll also come with a massive new drive that could, in theory, cut loading times down to nothing. Even the latest Xbox One X and PS4 Pro have comparatively weaker CPUs when compared with their graphics chips. And the chip will be based on AMD's 7-nanometre Zen 2 architecture for the processor part and the upcoming Navi architecture for the GPU bit; if nothing else, that gives us a little glimpse as to the potential capability of upcoming Navi-based Radeon graphics cards.

The PS 5 will feature SSD instead of a regular hard drive.

While Sony isn't giving details on the SSD specifications, Cerny hinted at the possibility of propriety tech at play. For example, on the original PlayStation 4, the camera in Marvel's Spider-Man moves at about the speed Spider-Man hits while web-slinging, while on the next-generation PlayStation, the camera "speeds uptown like it's mounted to a fighter jet", according to Wired. While on a PS5 dev kit with SSD, Spiderman loads in just about 1.5s.

Sony did not comment on its plans for software, services or PSVR. Moreover, the AMD CPU has an inbuilt custom unit to output 3D sounds. While individuals and industry analysts like Michael Pachter have predicted Death Stranding would get a PlayStation 5 release, it's now looking more and more likely thanks to the admission that the PS5 will be backward compatible with PS4 games.

With these PS5 specs, Sony's intention to dominate the next generation of consoles is clear. Now we'll have to see how Microsoft responds.

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