PlayStation Makeover

As gamers, I am sure you are all fully aware that the battle between Xbox and PlayStation continues this holiday season. Xbox Series X will be pitted against the PlayStation 5. Right now the price is still uncertain, but the specs and features have been released.  May 19, 2020 saw Sony President and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida lead a Sony Corporate Strategy Meeting. The PS5 was one of the first products he discussed.  This is a point of pride for them at the moment. Game and Network Services has grown immensely over the last 3 months with so many people at home on lock down/physical distancing, plus the addition of Remote Play.

Speeding Things Up

Sony is not only competing against Microsoft, but itself. They claim that the PS5 will be 100 times faster than the PS4. Mr. Yoshida’s presentation says that “[i]n order to further enhance the sense of immersion in games, we expect to improve not just the resolution, but the speed of games… Game load times should be much shorter, and players should be able to move through immense game worlds in almost an instant.” Anyone who has tried to walk through a door in an MMORPG will be incredibly grateful for this uptick in game speeds.

Getting Inside The Game

The PS5 is not only looking to improve the console itself, but your gaming experience as a whole. Sony wants you to feel as if you are in the game. They are installing haptic feedback to the controllers with the aim of creating, according to Mr Yoshida, ” the feeling of heaviness when a car passes over a muddy road and, by installing adaptive triggers, we plan to create the sensation of tautness when a bow is pulled back. These realistic sensations should bring further excitement to games.” They are also installing a customized 3D audio processing unit in order to create a truly immersive gaming experience. The idea is for the sound to move “from in front to behind, above to below and all around…”

Another feature of the new controller is that it no longer only has speakers, it will also include a microphone. By no means am I saying do away with your headset, but it’s nice to have a backup for when yours inevitably goes kaput.  Also, as someone who looks after younger gamers this is a great way to introduce them to social gaming without worrying about how to monitor what’s going on. You can hear the whole conversation. Teaching online safety is a huge concern and this is a great step to giving a kid some freedom and fun, while not hindering your parenting.

The Specs

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory interface: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit
  • Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • IO throughput: 5.5GB/s (raw), typical 8-9GB/s (compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot
  • External storage: USB HDD support (PS4 games only)
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

And yes, you will be able to play your PS4 games on the new system.

An Air of Mystery

Sony has been very careful not to reveal too much about the physical design of the console itself. There are pictures, but nothing official. The controller design is a bit of a departure from their usual look, hopefully the system itself will be too. Whether it looks different or not, Sony has made great strides in creating a vastly updated console. Hopefully it delivers as much in reality as it does on paper. If it is able to, the PS5 is definitely going to give Microsoft a run for their money.

If you would like more details on what some might consider the not so fun portions of Sony’s May 19 meeting, there is a shortened version of Mr. Yoshida’s remarks available here in PDF format.

Article by xSiren82

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