Sony has revealed more hardware details on the PlayStation 5 which revealed how much power is about to be packed into the device, so much so that there would barely be any loading time for games.
The console is set to have a CPU based on AMD's third-gen Ryzen, with an eight-core 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. Meanwhile, the GPU is a custom version of Radeon's Navi that is capable of supporting real-time ray tracing, which delivers ultra-realistic lighting effects that is bound to be stunning. According to a Wired article, the PS5 will also support 8K resolution, although it's not clear whether that'll be native or upscaled.
Sony is also taking audio seriously as the PlayStation 5 will also put a big premium on 3D audio techniques via the AMD processor called the Tempest 3D Audio Engine, so that whether you're using a headset or TV speakers, you're about to get some really immersive audio. The Tempest uses HRTF or Head Related Transfer Function to place audio based on the position and shape of your ears on your head. Of course, not everyone's head is the same so the system will initially offer five presets and you can choose which one sounds best for you. Sony is even looking into having customers send in pictures or videos of their heads so they can create custom HRTF profiles for individuals that provide perfect positional audio customised for that person, so that's something to look out for.
When talking about the system storage for a console seems uninteresting beyond the sheer amount of it, the PlayStation 5 is different: it'll have a solid-state drive (SSD) that can dramatically cut down on loading times for games. How fast? According to Sony, it will be the raw I/O throughput of 5.5GB/s, which makes it roughly 100x faster than the storage on the PS4.'
To further elaborate, even if you installed an SSD on a PS4 right now that is 10x faster than your current hard drive, it would only give you a performance boost of 2x at best as the rest of the I/O chain is not optimised to take advantage of it. However with the PS5, the entire memory operation from decompression to coherency, mapping, file I/O, and check-in and load management have been updated to work with the faster storage so you get the full benefit of the 100x improvement in memory speed.
Overall, you can look forward to some really cool innovations lined up from Sony for the PS5. For other rumours, check out this preview of the PS5 on Stuff UK, and did you know you could pre-order the device from Gamer's Hideout?