5 Things to Expect from The PlayStation

The PlayStation 5 is under development right now and with every new release there’s nope to far exceed the previous generation. In fact, a new leak suggests the console might be many times more powerful than the PS4. While you may have to get your finances in order now to prepare for the up-front cost, but here’s a look at some of the latest rumors and what you should expect when the console launches in the near-future. 

Uses Custom AMD APU

Noted technology leaker APISAK tweeted in June to let his followers know he knew the overall clock score of the PS5. The PS5 uses a semi-custom AMD APU, codenamed Gonzalo. According to this tweet, the PS4 benchmarks around 5,000 while the PS5 is 20,000 and up. That suggests the next-generation will be at least four times more powerful than the current non-Pro PS4. 

APISAK didn’t make clear if he was looking at a testing unit or a devkit, but the results are pretty impressive. Comparing that benchmark score to desktop-class PCs graphics cards shows consoles are finally reaching parity with PC. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 clocks around 22,170 on the same benchmarks. 

The 8-core AMD chipset is based on third-generation Ryzen architecture. Rumors suggest the PS5 will also be the first console to include SSD storage and will offer backward compatibility with PS4 games. With a CPU and GPU both powered by AMD, the PS5 will support ray tracing technology. 

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Expect In 2020/21

Sony skipped out on E3 2019 for the first time. Microsoft announced new, next-gen hardware at the show, so it makes sense Sony didn’t want to compete. Rumors suggest the next console will launch in either 2020 or 2021. Also discussed is that the PlayStation 5 is more powerful than Xbox’s Project Scarlett. The two competing consoles have very similar architecture, but right now it’s too early to tell which will offer more graphical power. 

Launch Titles

It’s still too early to suggest which games may be launch titles just yet, but it’s safe to say some games will do cross-generation releases. Good candidates for release titles on PS5 include Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tsushima. When the PlayStation 4 launched in 2013, Metal Gear Solid 5 and The Last of Us were solid cross-generational titles. 

8K TVs and Superior Audio

Another rumor discussed is its support for 8K TV and superior audio support. PlayStation engineer Mark Cerny says the next-gen will offer a new audio engine to deliver immersive sound to players who use headphones. Details about this feature haven’t been explained, so expect to learn more when Sony is ready to announce to the world. 

Improved Cloud Gaming Performance

Sony said in a presentation that the two keywords for the future direction are immersive and seamless. Sony hopes to create an immersive world by increasing graphics rendering speeds through the use of SSDs. Cloud gaming is also a big focus for Sony, especially with a competitor like Google Stadia on the horizon. PlayStation Now will continue to be supported on the PlayStation 5, and perhaps custom SSD arrays will come into play when delivering streaming games as well.