It’s no secret that Sony is working on a new PlayStation console. Last October, for instance, company president Kenichiro Yoshida said it was “necessary” to have “next-generation hardware” after the PlayStation 4 Pro. Sony has been understandably hush-hush since then, shifting the spotlight toward its next batch of exclusive games, such as Days Gone, Dreams, and The Last of Us Part II. Today, however, we have some cold-hard facts about the PlayStation 5 — or whatever Sony decides to call its new gaming box.
In an interview with Wired, system architect Mark Cerny confirmed that the new console will be powered by a third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores built on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.
It will be paired with a custom GPU, built on AMD’s Radeon Navi family, that supports ray-tracing, an advanced lighting technique currently limited to high-end gaming PCs, and some form of immersive 3D audio.
The PS4 successor will also support 8K graphics and, he said, ship with an SSD to accelerate rendering and reduce load times. According to Wired, Cerny illustrated this point by booting up Insomniac’s Spider-Man game and showing how fast-travel times could be reduced from 15 to 0.8 seconds.