Sony is holding its E3 press conference this year, but the company hasn’t revealed much about their upcoming console, Playstation 5, yet. The Playstation 5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and compatibility with existing Playstation 4 titles. The SSD storage will boost the console and the company demonstrated some features of exactly that today.
During a Sony investor relations meeting (PDF), the company demonstrated Playstation 5 load times while playing Spider-Man to load cities and swing around them. The results showed that, while Playstation 4 took around eight seconds to load a Spider-Man level, Playstation 5 does the same in less than a second. The PS5 is also better built when playing games that need to load faster with dynamic maps as the player moves around them, avoiding the classing spinning circle or pause when moving from the one side of the map to another.
The company may be releasing its new console in the coming future, but says that the Playstation 4 will “remain the engine of engagement and profitability in the next three years” and will provide early adopters for the next generation Playstation. Sony has previously revealed that the console will support an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, and will also include a GPU that supports amazing graphics (ray-tracing). The company has not yet demonstrated ray-tracing on the PS5.
Still another thing waiting to be revealed is the pricing and release dates for the PS5, and even the games and the general user experience, but the company has already started informing us with some small, tiny information. Sony is planning to leverage its existing PlayStation Now network to support 1080p and beyond games, while improving the quality of content and maximizing what it describes as its “off-console opportunity”.
PlayStation Now has been criticized for a lack of content, especially compared to offerings like the Xbox Game Pass, but it’s clear that Sony sees it playing a big role in the next generation console space. Sony’s vision is that PlayStation Now will rapidly expand beyond its capacity to support 5 million subscribers, and the company is partnering with Microsoft to help achieve scale.
While cloud gaming is a focus, Sony says it still believes in gamer choice for its next-generation console. During one particular slide, Sony even hints that the PS5 could come with a Blu-ray drive and support downloads and streaming. Sony has only officially said that the next console will support discs so far.
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