PlayStation 5’s First Details Include 8K, 3D Audio, SSD and Backwards Compatibility

While the next PlayStation console is likely still a ways off from hitting store shelves, system architect Mark Cerny this week revealed a handful of details about the device, giving us a better idea of what we can expect when the PS5, or whatever it will be called, is ready to roll.

In an interview with Wired, Cerny made the next PlayStation console sound pretty appealing in these early days. Cerny was the lead system architect for the PlayStation 4 and is hard at work on the new platform. He noted during the interview that part of the PS5’s architecture is built around the previous console, which will allow for a “gentle” transition.

But don’t let that term fool you, as Sony seems to be going big with whatever the PlayStation 5 turns out to be. For starters, it’s going to have a solid state drive, something Cerny admits game developers have been asking for with the next iteration of gaming hardware. During his session with Wired, Cerny showed off last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man running on the PlayStation 4 Pro, followed by a romp on the new hardware. The load time dropped from 15 seconds to less than one and the game reportedly ran much smoother on the new hardware.

But waitaminite! How is a PS4 game running on the PS5 hardware? According to Cerny, the next console will be backwards compatible with the current generation of games, another feature fans ask for at each console generation switch.

Also noted during the interview is the fact that the current generation of PlayStation VR hardware and games will be supported, though Cerny stopped short of making an announcement for a PSVR2 or anything like that.

The new console will also support 8K, even though the consumer market seems barely ready to make the jump to 4K at this point. Still, building the console with 8K in mind is a nice way of future-proofing the hardware. Also, the console’s AMD chip will enable 3D audio, another highly requested feature from players and developers alike.

While this isn’t even close to a full reveal of Sony’s next hardware, it gives us a decent picture of what we can expect. Perhaps more helpful is the fact that it gives us a benchmark to compare the next Xbox console to, as it will likely be revealed during this summer’s E3.