Sony may have a lot planned for its next-generation console.
The Japanese tech giant has been rumored to be developing a successor to the PlayStation 4 for many months, but its plans have been shrouded in mystery.
However, in an interview with Wired, PS4 architect Mike Cerny divulged some select details about what Sony may have in store for the unnamed console, which many are referring to as the PlayStation 5.
There’s no details on a release date or price, but Sony confirmed that it won’t be ready to launch this year.
That said, PlayStation fans can expect some major upgrades under the hood in the next console.
Cerny suggested that the next-generation console will be ‘revolutionary, rather than evolutionary,’ according to Wired.
It will include an AMD chip with eight cores that’s based around AMD’s Ryzen line and has the firm’s new 7 nanometer Zen 2 architecture.
Another big upgrade will come in the form of a GPU that can handle ‘ray tracing,’ a lighting technique that’s never been used in a console before and leads to ‘heightened realism,’ Wired reported.
The PlayStation 5’s advanced graphics card and processors also allow the device to support 8K graphics, in addition to 3D audio.
3D audio will enable users to experience sounds coming from ‘above, behind and from the side,’ according to Wired.
More exciting, perhaps, is Sony’s decision to replace the hard drive with a solid state drive, which should result in noticeably faster load times during gameplay.
The new console is based in part on the PlayStation 4’s architecture, so it’s backwards compatible.
This means users can play games from the PlayStation 4 on the new console and it’ll also support the current PlayStation VR headset – though Wired speculates there could also be a new PSVR in the works too.
Interestingly, Cerny noted that the new console will still accept physical games, like the PlayStation 4.
The move shows that Sony isn’t quite yet ready to follow in the footsteps of Google or Microsoft, both of which have introduced the ability to download games over the cloud.