Sony reveals new details about the PlayStation 5 (lastly)
Sony lastly, in the end gave an precise presentation whereby it pulled again the curtain and revealed some precise details about the PS5. It’s not the details most of us would have wished — we nonetheless don’t know what it appears like, how a lot it’ll price, or what sort of video games it’ll have. But we do at the very least know what sort of it’ll have — and it’s trying fairly okay.
PlayStation 5: the full spec and extra element on the tech that delivers Sony’s imaginative and prescient for the way forward for gaming. We acquired an advance preview of Mark Cerny’s presentation and appeared extra carefully at the know-how. https://t.co/Ey5qiLqdEp
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The presentation itself was completely dry and technical, as befits a presentation initially set to play at the Game Developer’s Conference. PS5 architect Mark Cerny waxed poetic about the specifics of the PS5‘s internals to a Mystery Science Theater 3000-style overlay of shadow figures, in a droning tone that gave the impression of a sleep paralysis demon’s thought of ASMR. If you wish to learn the full details about what’s underneath the PS5‘s hood, check out Digital Foundry’s breakdown right here.
But disregarding that, we did be taught one large factor about the PS5: it’s quick. The most notable change from the PS4 is the swap from HDD to SSD, and Cerny couldn’t say sufficient about how a lot this swap goes to profit sport builders. Based on the numbers, the customized 825GB SSD reads at 5.5GB/s. Cerny implied that the speeds is likely to be so quick that builders would possibly truly need to gradual transition instances down, no matter which means. While I don’t assume velocity is every part as regards to a console, I admit I’d wish to see it in motion.
Still, all these fancy internals convey one large query to thoughts: what the heck are we going to be anticipated to pay for such a rig? We’ve already heard that the console could also be so costly to fabricate that Sony should promote it at a loss, and the glowing phrases about the highly effective GPU and spacious SSD don’t precisely do a lot to offset that supposition. We additionally don’t know something about the sorts of video games that’ll be on the PS5, and when mentioning backwards compatibility, Cerny mentioned that “most of” the 100 hottest PS4 video games can be playable on the PS5 at launch.
This complete enterprise whereby Sony hides the look and worth of the PS5, like a debutante coquettishly hiding her face behind a fan, is not only outdated — it’s irritating. The PS5 could also be lightning-fast, however the Xbox Series X is already miles forward of it when it comes to precise details that players wish to know.