It looks like we won't be seeing the PS5 this year according to Mark Cerny at Sony, who is the lead system architect on the next-gen console. Mark stated that the new console will not be launching in 2019 and maybe only later in 2020 and he refused to confirm whether it'll be called the PlayStation 5. What we do know is that, the new console is going to launch with some impressive new hardware and features.
Some of the new Hardware that will be coming to the new console will be:
- Third generation AMD Ryzen chipset (8 cores with the company's new Zen 2 microarchitecture)
- Ray Tracing, a complex lighting technique that is mainly reserved for high-end PC Graphics Cards
- Immersive 3D audio
- Solid-State Harddrive
Cerny also confirmed the console will be backwards compatible with PS4 games and that the console will still be disc-driven. Nothing has been confirmed about backwards compatibility for PS3, PS2 or PS One games thus far. Cerny also said, "we are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch”. There is nothing confirmed for PS Now, Sony's current classic gaming streaming service, changing or being revamped entirely. Cerny also confirmed your existing PlayStation VR headset will work with the upcoming console and the upcoming console will also support 8K which is really exciting news for future TV releases.
Overall, the new PlayStation console is gearing up some really impressive hardware and pronounced features that will make any gamer really excited. The price and the official release date are not confirmed yet, those "PS5" waves are raising high.