Sony is skipping E3 this 12 months, however the firm continues to be providing up some new particulars concerning the PlayStation 5: it’ll include an SSD by default, as a substitute of a slower HDD just like the PS4; it’ll assist 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh fee, for a a lot smoother look on shows that may deal with the sooner velocity; and recreation saves will indirectly be capable to switch between console generations, so you’ll be able to decide up the place you left off while you begin taking part in a recreation once more on the brand new console.

The brand new particulars have been reported by CNET, which spoke with Sony Interactive Leisure CEO Jim Ryan. Ryan additionally mentioned that Sony plans to take the PlayStation Now recreation streaming service “to the subsequent degree later this 12 months.” Although he didn’t broaden on what that meant, Sony did simply signal a deal to work with Microsoft on recreation streaming tech, seemingly to assist the 2 console makers compete in opposition to newcomers to the sphere, like Google.

A few of these options are designed to make the transition between console generations simpler. It’s not clear precisely the way you’ll be capable to decide up a recreation on a brand new console and proceed taking part in — Ryan suggests it may very well be since you’re streaming the sport on PlayStation Now, or as a result of the PS5 is backward appropriate with PS4 video games — however the level is to clear the hurdles to early adoption.

“When all the pieces is networked and everyone is related and everyone is pals, the chance — with backwards compatibility — emigrate that neighborhood in a extra environment friendly method I believe is massively extra engaging for avid gamers and for us than at any level previously,” Ryan informed the Monetary Instances.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is anticipated to reach subsequent 12 months. Sony hasn’t made any formal bulletins concerning the console but, however it has revealed a handful of specs and particulars in interviews executives have accomplished within the lead-up to E3. To this point, we all know the PS5 will assist 8K graphics and run off of an eight-core CPU primarily based on AMD’s Ryzen chips, with a GPU primarily based on AMD’s Radeon {hardware}. It’ll assist ray tracing, and there’ll be a chip for “3D audio.”

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