Sony’s PlayStation 4 is in its final stages of the life cycle. And, as it was confirmed by Sony, the PS5 is already in development. There were a lot of rumors around the PS5, starting from its launch date to its specifications, but Sony didn’t mention much about it. As we are nearing the PS5’s release, we are getting more information on the upcoming console. Today, a number of stuff related to PS5’s specifications was revealed.
Firstly, Digitimes reveals that the PS5 will be powered by AMD’s 7nm Navi GPU & CPU. This was confirmed by, PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny, on an interview with Wired. Cerny further adds that while the CPU is a variant of Ryzen’s 3rd Gen, the GPU is a custom version of the Navi lineup. To no surprise, the GPU will support raytracing as well. Coming back to the CPUs, they are expected to be ready by Q3 2020. This again sounds pretty legitimate given that Cerny said that the console is “definitely” not coming in 2019. The console is expected to release in the latter half of 2020.
Digitimes further adds, “The sources from the IC back-end services sector noted that the processors’ packaging and testing will be handled by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL).” Moreover, AMD will be outsourcing the chips to TSMC since GlobalFoundries have abandoned the development of 7nm process. Speaking of the PS5’s features, Cerny showcased the upcoming PS5’s horsepower. While fast-traveling between locations on the PS4 Pro took 15 seconds, the next-gen PlayStation devkit took 0.8 seconds for the same task. That’s some jaw-dropping improvement numbers.
Moving on, the PS5 will also support 3d audio, thanks to the new AMD CPU. Cerny also confirmed a fan-sought rumor, ie, backward compatibility, is true. The PS5 will be backwards compatible with the PS4, and it will accept physical media as well. We know that there are a lot of games on the radar for the upcoming console, including a sequel to Guerilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn, and Santa Monica’s God of War. The information revealed today has surely ramped up the hype for PS5. It’s about time Sony officially reveals the PS5.