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PS5 first details: 8K, SSDs, and a lot more

by Sean P. Aune | April 18, 2019April 18, 2019 9:30 am EST

It’s hard to believe, but the PlayStation 4 is nearly six-years-old. In terms of video games, this means it’s ancient, and naturally Sony is already hard at work on the next member of the family. With that in mind, the first PS5 details have begun to emerge.

Revealed exclusively to Wired this week, the first PS5 details point to a console that will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. Capable of 8K resolution, but with current drive technology that could mean a lot of load time. Thankfully, Sony is going to be moving to SSDs (Solid State Drives), and you will see information that would have taken 15 seconds to load come down to a mere 0.8 seconds.

One of the biggest advancements is going to be a technology known as ray tracing. This is a computer graphics technique that traces lighting in real time to make it far more realistic in the environments and how you interact with it.

3D audio will also be introduced which will lead to a far more immersive experience as you play.

Currently, Sony doesn’t have a launch window other than it won’t happen in 2019. It does seem the company is anxious to get it into the marketplace however as game developers are already working with development kits, and Sony has recently accelerated how quickly it is getting those out the door.

If we were to hazard a guess of when we’ll see the PS5 – or whatever it is eventually called – it could be teased at this year’s E3 gaming expo with a 2020 launch in mind. Typically Sony has released its new consoles in the U.S. towards the holiday season to maximize sales and demand. It seems unlikely the company would change this formula, so we will be saying you can expect it around the fourth quarter of 2020.

It doesn’t hurt to start getting hyped, though!AlertMe


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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing