Wired sat down with Mark Cerny, who is the system architect on the next PlayStation console, which is being dubbed the PlayStation 5, and he offered up some juicy details on its hardware capabilities.
For starters, the new console will be powered by a third-gen AMD Ryzen CPU with 8 cores built on the 7nm Zen 2 micro-architecture. The CPU will be paired with a custom GPU, built on AMD’s Radeon Navi family, that supports ray-tracing, which means lighting will look insane. It will also support immersive 3D audio technologies such as Dolby Atmos. The PS5 console (or whatever it’ll be called) will also support 8K resolution, and it will use a SSD for reduced load times and rendering.
In fact, Cerny showed that fast traveling in Insomniac’s Spider-Man got reduced from 15 seconds, to .8 seconds when initiated on a dev-kit build of the new PlayStation console. Snappy!
Finally, the PlayStation 5 will also support backwards compatibility with PS4 games, and it will also still accept physical media with a disc drive. You can read the full Wired interview for all of the details.