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PS5 Details: Specs, Release Window, Controller, and More

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Update #2 10/8: Our comprehensive guide to all PS5 news and details revealed so far by PlayStation has now been updated with the confirmation of the PlayStation 5’s name, release window, and new controller details. Update #1 4/18: We’ve updated our comprehensive guide to everything confirmed and rumored about the PS5 so far with additional details about the potential PS5 price point, the PS5 specs and what 8K gaming will actually need to work, and much more.

Read on for all the details, analysis, and more, and stay tuned for more updates on the PS5 as they develop.With the beginning of every game console generation comes an implicit question: when will we see the next generation of consoles? With this in mind, we at IGN want to compile all the official information and rumors we know about the next PlayStation, which naturally is officially called the PS5.

This year Wired have has two interviews with Mark Cerny about the next-gen PlayStation console, including one that revealed a 2020 release window. Read on for the information we know to be true about the PS4 successor, as well as the many rumors floating around it, and be sure to come back for updates as more PS5 updates arrive.

Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019

PlayStation 5 Price and Release Date

As of right now, we don’t know how much the next PlayStation console will cost. But Peter Rubin, the writer behind the Wired PS5 piece, tweeted out some information following his article regarding a potential PS5 price point.

Cerny told Wired that he believes “we will be able to release [the system] at an SRP that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set.” That doesn’t necessarily give us a firm price point but could suggest, depending on the price and availability of the tech used to power the PS5, we could see a more expensive console than this generation, but perhaps not hugely outside the norm.Wired’s latest article also offers us an insight into the PS5 release date: holiday 2020.

The announcement of a Q4 (October through December) release date for the PlayStation 5 comes after previous statements from Sony said the PS5’s release date will not be in 2019. This new window also matches the general predictions of many in the media and gaming communities; plenty of conjecture has pointed to 2020 as the likely release year for new consoles, both from PlayStation and Xbox. This would put new systems seven years after the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, roughly equivalent to the generation before that’s lifespan.

PlayStation 5 Specs

Mark Cerny actually divulged quite a bit about what will be under the hood of the PS5 in terms of specs. With an AMD chip at its core, the CPU is created from AMD’s Ryzen line, third generation, with eight cores of 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The chip also “includes a custom unit for 3D audio,” according to Wired and Cerny, which should work through TV speaks and surround sound, with headphone audio being the best option. (A report by SemiAccurate from a while back stated that the PS5 would use an 8-core Zen CPU and a Navi-based GPU.)

The GPU, according to Wired, is “a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family.” This GPU will allow for ray tracing (IGN wrote about what ray tracing is and why you should care), and the latest drop from Wired confirmed that this will be hardware-accelerated ray tracing, rather than a software solution. Basically, you’re getting the real thing.The system also won’t abandon physical media, and so it won’t be a download-only console according to Wired. The optical drive will use 100GB discs and be able to play 4K blu-ray media discs.

The biggest inclusion, according to Cerny’s description, will be the inclusion of a specialized solid-state drive, one that Cerny told Wired “has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs,” according to the publication. SSDs are, of course, available in desktop and laptop computers, and can even be used as external hard drives for the PS4 and PS4 Pro. But Cerny is aiming to demonstrate that the PS5’s SSD will allow for a new level of speed and performance.

Cerny highlighted these capabilities to Wired by playing Marvel’s Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro, which had a 15 second load time for fast travel. Cerny then demonstrated that same load on a devkit, which reportedly was a “low-speed” version, and it only took 0.8 seconds.

Cerny did highlight that the load time speeds are not the only benefit of the SSD — it can reportedly render worlds at a quicker pace and allow for quicker movement in-game. It also allows developers to stop using tricks designed for mechanical hard-drives – such has having multiple versions of the same data – which in turn will save on install sizes. Games will also be designed to be installed in segments, so you can uninstall the campaign part of a game when you’ve completed it, but still keep the multiplayer installed.

The PS5 will also support 8K gaming, but the demonstrations Wired saw were on a 4K TV. Following this reveal, IGN broke down why a lot of pieces need to fall into place for true 8K gaming.

The PS5 will also have an energy-saving capability to use much less power when games are suspended

IGN also had one of our tech experts break down what those PS5 specs actually mean for the next generation of gaming.

PlayStation 5 Controller

The PlayStation 5 will sport a new controller, which Wired reports currently looks similar to the DualShock 4. There’s some notable improvements, though; rumble has been replaced with haptic feedback, which allows the vibrations of the controller to simulate different sensations and surfaces, such as sand and mud. The L2 and R2 triggers now have adaptive resistance that can be programmed by developers to offer feedback, such as triggers with higher tension to simulate the pulling of a bow string.

PlayStation 5 Backward Compatibility

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