Sony Flaunts the PlayStation 5's Gaming Performance
Sony has been the leader in gaming console technology for quite a while now, and for good reason, they have spent substantially on the latest hardware and how to make it work seamlessly with the latest games. Based on Sony's latest demonstration, it seems like we are in for a treat once the PlayStation 5 finally comes out.
The Sony PlayStation 4 is one of the best-selling consoles in history, not to mention that plenty of chart-busting games have been released throughout its lifetime. It was first released in 2013 and has since sold 91.6 million units as of December 2018. Despite all the good memories, it's a fact that everything has to end, including this console. The average lifetime of a console is around 7 years, which shows that the PlayStation 4's end-of-life is almost coming up.
While Sony doesn't plan to hold a press conference for this year's E3 show, the Japanese company has been steadily releasing a stream of information about its next-generation console, the PlayStation 5. Information like 8K-resolution graphics, SSD for storage, 3D audio capabilities, and the most important feature for current-generation gamers, backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4 games library.
Speaking of backwards compatibility, Sony recently demonstrated the capabilities of the PlayStation 5 during an investor meeting, using the game Spider-Man as an example, and it was a very impressive display. With the PlayStation 4, it usually takes 8 seconds to load a game level. Using the PlayStation 5, it was able to load the same level, but in less than a second! Not only that, the graphics processing of the PlayStation 5 is more impressive since the demo also showed smoother movements. The boost in speed can be attributed to the SSD and the fast CPU and GPU combination, giving the PlayStation 5 a larger bandwidth for graphics and game logic.
While Sony is focused on the Research & Development of the next-gen PlayStation 5, the company says that the PlayStation 4 will still be their flagship, at least for the next 3 years.
Sony also shared more details about the PlayStation 5's hardware, like the AMD Ryzen processor which has an octa-core CPU that will be paired with a ray-tracing GPU. While Sony has not shown the capability of the PlayStation 5's ray-tracing graphics capability, it will provide gamers with a more immersive experience thanks to enhanced lighting and reflection effects, making games more realistic than ever before.
There's no official word yet on pricing, but it should be around the current range of USD 399.99 – 499.99 (around PHP 21,000 – 26,000). There is also no word yet about the release date and what games will be available at launch. Considering that the console is still in development, we shouldn't expect these details to be available anytime soon.