Sony isn’t holding its standard E3 press convention this yr, however the firm has been steadily revealing elements of its next-generation PlayStation console. The PlayStation 5 will help 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backwards compatibility with present PlayStation four titles. That SSD storage ought to enhance load instances considerably, and Sony provided up some clear demonstrations of precisely that right now.

Throughout a Sony investor relations assembly (PDF), the corporate demonstrated PlayStation 5 load instances utilizing Spider-Man to load cities and quickly navigate all through them. Whereas the PS4 takes round eight seconds to load a Spider-Man stage, the PS5 (recognized merely as next-generation) does the identical in lower than a second. The PS5 may also higher deal with dynamic maps that load parts of a sport as a participant strikes all through them, avoiding the basic spinning circle or pause if you transfer from one a part of a map to a different.

Sony is likely to be targeted on its subsequent technology PlayStation 5 console, however the firm says the PS4 will “stay the engine of engagement and profitability within the subsequent three years” and can present early adopters for the following technology of PlayStation. Sony additionally beforehand revealed that the PS5 will use an eight-core CPU primarily based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, and embrace a GPU that helps ray-tracing graphics. Sony has not but demonstrated ray-tracing on the PS5, although.

We’re nonetheless ready to listen to about pricing and launch dates (not within the subsequent 12 months) for the PS5, and even video games and the final person expertise, however Sony has began hinting at the way it sees cloud gaming as a part of the following technology. Sony is planning to leverage its present PlayStation Now community to help 1080p and past video games, whereas enhancing the standard of content material and maximizing what it describes as its “off-console alternative.”

PlayStation Now has been criticized for an absence of content material, particularly in comparison with choices just like the Xbox Sport Move, nevertheless it’s clear that Sony sees it taking part in a giant position within the subsequent technology console area. Sony’s imaginative and prescient is that PlayStation Now will quickly increase past its capability to help 5 million subscribers, and the firm is partnering with Microsoft to assist obtain scale.

Whereas cloud gaming is a spotlight, Sony says it nonetheless believes in gamer alternative for its next-generation console. Throughout one specific slide, Sony even hints that the PS5 may include a Blu-ray drive and help downloads and streaming. Sony has solely formally stated that the following console will help discs to this point.

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