According to Wired, the PS5 will come fitted with a solid-state drive (SSD) and, as Cerny stated, this is going to be "a true game changer" for video game enthusiasts. 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 hardware is built around AMD's Ryzen and Navi architectures with the CPU featuring 8 cores built at the 7nm level and the Navi GPU supporting ray tracing as well as 8k graphics. That ties into another aspect - it will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games, although we don't know if it goes any further back through the generations than that.
"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. It's all the same thing as taking a ray through the environment..
Although Cerny couldn't reveal any more technical details, he did reassure PlayStation VR owners that the headset would continue to be supported by the next-gen machine. Adding to the immersion, the AMD chip would also allow for a form of "3D audio", which would allow players to tell from which direction sounds are coming from. But he also revealed that devkits of the new console have already been put in the hands of game developers. Let's hope that Sony manages to sell the PS5 at a good enough price point that it won't be the same as the PS3 launch fiasco.
That faster loading also means an in-game camera can zip around Spider-Man's urban environments more quickly, without having to wait for the slow-loading hard drive.
- "To demonstrate, Cerny fires up a PS4 Pro playing Spider-Man, a 2018 PS4 exclusive that he worked on alongside Insomniac Games". This feels especially ironic, given it was a Sony executive who once said, speaking about the same feature on the PS4, "When we've dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much". "What took 15 seconds now takes less than one: 0.8 seconds, to be exact".