PlayStation 5: Sony gives the first details of its next generation console

PS5 Specs Leaked

PS5 Specs Leaked

Similarly, Sony's own foray into immersive audio, 360 Reality Audio, now only works with compatible headphones, and would require games sound designers to place every individual instrument and effect within a virtual sphere. However, we had no idea when we'd ever hear something about it. It's been six long years, after all, since the PS4 debuted.

The article also confirmed that Sony will finally switch to SSD for storage, and it was about time.

In Sony's slightly odd "reveal" of some of the upcoming PlayStation's major features, lead system architect Mark Cerny talked big game about the increased power of the CPU, GPU, and some really fast SSDs. There will also be backwards compatibility with all current PlayStation 4 games.

According to Cerny, the particular customization for the new PlayStation will add support for ray tracing - the technology used by GPUs to generate more accurate lighting effects like shadows and reflections in real time, with less of a hit on performance - plus 8K graphics and a custom audio processor to deliver better surround sound.

"If you wanted to run tests to see if the player can hear certain audio sources or if the enemies can hear the players' footsteps, ray tracing is useful for that", Cerny said. And unless you're typically a PC gamer, you probably don't have any idea what it's like.

8K support and ray-tracing support will ensure your future games will have incredible lighting while looking fantastic, and 3D audio will be supported as well.

Cerny's comment is interesting, however, because it leaves the door open for PS5's price to be higher than $400, the PS4's launch price. If that sounds impressive, you haven't seen anything yet.

Combing through those details, one of the most important is the addition of a solid state drive. However, they did make one thing clear: the PS5 will not be out in 2019.

In a recent interview, Sony revealed officially for the first time that they do have separate internal content guidelines that developers must follow in order to get their games approved for PlayStation 4. While we're excited to share more details about our next-generation console in the future, PlayStation fans have plenty of upcoming exclusives to look forward to on PS4, including Concrete Genie, Days Gone, Death Stranding, Dreams, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Part II.