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    [Megathread] PlayStation 5

    Actual Info about the PS5.
    https://www.wired.com/story/exclusiv...t-gen-console/
    MARK CERNY WOULD like to get one thing out of the way right now: The videogame console that Sony has spent the past four years building is no mere upgrade.

    You’d have good reason for thinking otherwise. Sony and Microsoft both extended the current console generation via a mid-cycle refresh, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 spawning mini-sequels (the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro). “The key question,” Cerny says, “is whether the console adds another layer to the sorts of experiences you already have access to, or if it allows for fundamental changes in what a game can be.”

    The answer, in this case, is the latter. It’s why we’re sitting here, secreted away in a conference room at Sony’s headquarters in Foster City, California, where Cerny is finally detailing the inner workings of the as-yet-unnamed console that will replace the PS4.
    If history is any guide, it will eventually be dubbed the PlayStation 5. For now, Cerny responds to that question—and many others—with an enigmatic smile. The “next-gen console,“ as he refers to it repeatedly, won’t be landing in stores anytime in 2019. A number of studios have been working with it, though, and Sony recently accelerated its deployment of devkits so that game creators will have the time they need to adjust to its capabilities.

    As he did with the PS4, Cerny acted as lead system architect for the coming system, integrating developers’ wishes and his own gaming hopes into something that’s much more revolution than evolution. For the more than 90 million people who own PS4s, that's good news indeed. Sony’s got a brand-new box.

    A TRUE GENERATIONAL shift tends to include a few foundational adjustments. A console’s CPU and GPU become more powerful, able to deliver previously unattainable graphical fidelity and visual effects; system memory increases in size and speed; and game files grow to match, necessitating larger downloads or higher-capacity physical media like discs.

    PlayStation’s next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device. (Warning: some alphabet soup follows.) The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments. While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into high-end processors and Nvidia's recently announced RTX line, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet.
    Ray tracing’s immediate benefits are largely visual. Because it mimics the way light bounces from object to object in a scene, reflective surfaces and refractions through glass or liquid can be rendered much more accurately, even in real time, leading to heightened realism. According to Cerny, the applications go beyond graphic implications. “If you wanted to run tests to see if the player can hear certain audio sources or if the enemies can hear the players’ footsteps, ray tracing is useful for that,” he says. “It's all the same thing as taking a ray through the environment.”

    The AMD chip also includes a custom unit for 3D audio that Cerny thinks will redefine what sound can do in a videogame. “As a gamer,” he says, “it's been a little bit of a frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it.”

    The result, Cerny says, will make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side. While the effect will require no external hardware—it will work through TV speakers and virtual surround sound—he allows that the “gold standard” will be headphone audio.

    One of the words Cerny uses to describe the audio may be a familiar to those who follow virtual reality: presence, that feeling of existing inside a simulated environment. When he mentions it, I ask him about PlayStation VR, the peripheral system that has sold more than 4 million units since its 2016 release. Specifically, I ask if there will be a next-gen PSVR to go alongside this next console. “I won't go into the details of our VR strategy today,” he says, “beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.”

    So. New CPU, new GPU, the ability to deliver unprecedented visual and audio effects in a game (and maybe a PSVR sequel at some point). That’s all great, but there’s something else that excites Cerny even more. Something that he calls “a true game changer,” something that more than anything else is “the key to the next generation.” It’s a hard drive.

    THE LARGER A game gets—last year’s Red Dead Redemption 2 clocked in at a horse-choking 99 gigabytes for the PS4—the longer it takes to do just about everything. Loading screens can last minutes while the game pulls what it needs to from the hard drive. Same goes for “fast travel,” when characters transport between far-flung points within a game world. Even opening a door can take over a minute, depending on what’s on the other side and how much more data the game needs to load. Starting in the fall of 2015, when Cerny first began talking to developers about what they’d want from the next generation, he heard it time and time again: I know it’s impossible, but can we have an SSD?

    Solid-state drives have been available in budget laptops for more than a decade, and the Xbox One and PS4 both offer external SSDs that claim to improve load times. But not all SSDs are created alike. As Cerny points out, “I have an SSD in my laptop, and when I want to change from Excel to Word I can wait 15 seconds.” What’s built into Sony’s next-gen console is something a little more specialized.

    To demonstrate, Cerny fires up a PS4 Pro playing Spider-Man, a 2018 PS4 exclusive that he worked on alongside Insomniac Games. (He’s not just an systems architect; Cerny created arcade classic Marble Madness when he was all of 19 and was heavily involved with PlayStation and PS2 franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Ratchet and Clank.) On the TV, Spidey stands in a small plaza. Cerny presses a button on the controller, initiating a fast-travel interstitial screen. When Spidey reappears in a totally different spot in Manhattan, 15 seconds have elapsed. Then Cerny does the same thing on a next-gen devkit connected to a different TV. (The devkit, an early “low-speed” version, is concealed in a big silver tower, with no visible componentry.) What took 15 seconds now takes less than one: 0.8 seconds, to be exact.

    That’s just one consequence of an SSD. There’s also the speed with which a world can be rendered, and thus the speed with which a character can move through that world. Cerny runs a similar two-console demonstration, this time with the camera moving up one of Midtown’s avenues. On the original PS4, the camera moves at about the speed Spidey hits while web-slinging. “No matter how powered up you get as Spider-Man, you can never go any faster than this,” Cerny says, “because that's simply how fast we can get the data off the hard drive.” On the next-gen console, the camera speeds uptown like it’s mounted to a fighter jet. Periodically, Cerny pauses the action to prove that the surrounding environment remains perfectly crisp. (While the next-gen console will support 8K graphics, TVs that deliver it are few and far between, so we’re using a 4K TV.)

    What else developers will be able to do is a question Cerny can’t answer yet, because those developers are still figuring it all out—but he sees the SSD as unlocking an entirely new age, one that upends the very tropes that have become the bedrock of gaming. “We're very used to flying logos at the start of the game and graphic-heavy selection screens," he says, "even things like multiplayer lobbies and intentionally detailed loadout processes, because you don't want players just to be waiting."

    At the moment, Sony won’t cop to exact details about the SSD—who makes it, whether it utilizes the new PCIe 4.0 standard—but Cerny claims that it has a raw bandwidth higher than any SSD available for PCs. That’s not all. “The raw read speed is important,“ Cerny says, “but so are the details of the I/O [input-output] mechanisms and the software stack that we put on top of them. I got a PlayStation 4 Pro and then I put in a SSD that cost as much as the PlayStation 4 Pro—it might be one-third faster." As opposed to 19 times faster for the next-gen console, judging from the fast-travel demo.

    As you’ve noticed, this is all hardware talk. Cerny isn’t ready to chat about services or other features, let alone games and price, and neither is anyone at Sony. Nor will you hear much about the console at E3 in June—for the first time, Sony won’t be holding a keynote at the annual games show. But a few more things come out during the course of our conversation. For example, the next-gen console will still accept physical media; it won’t be a download-only machine. Because it’s based in part on the PS4’s architecture, it will also be backward-compatible with games for that console. As in many other generational transitions, this will be a gentle one, with numerous new games being released for both PS4 and the next-gen console. (Where exactly Hideo Kojima’s forthcoming title Death Stranding fits in that process is still unconfirmed. When asked, a spokesperson in the room repeated that the game would be released for PS4, but Cerny’s smile and pregnant pause invites speculation that it will in fact be a two-platform release.)

    What gaming will look like in a year or two, let alone 10, is a matter of some debate. Battle-royale games have reshaped multiplayer experiences; augmented reality marries the fantastic and real in unprecedented ways. Google is leading a charge away from traditional consoles by launching a cloud-gaming service, Stadia, later this year. Microsoft’s next version of the Xbox will presumably integrate cloud gaming as well to allow people to play Xbox games on multiple devices. Sony’s plans in this regard are still unclear—it’s one of the many things Cerny is keeping mum on, saying only that “we are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head toward launch”—but it’s hard to think there won’t be more news coming on that front.
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    Is $500 really that much for a console that will last for years? I don't think so.

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    500 dollar console....

    Just buy a PC instead.
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    $500 is pretty cheap for 8k upscaling and 2TB HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silakka View Post
    Is $500 really that much for a console that will last for years? I don't think so.
    Honestly yes because one of the biggest selling points is that consoles are cheap and last for years.

    The PS4 cost $400 and is already 6 years old and likely will be around 9-10 years old before Sony stops making them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtbrig7390 View Post
    https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/04...se-date-specs/

    And of course, there's also a new controller, the DualShock 5, which will have a built-in camera.
    For what purpose will someone need a camera in their controller?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firedemon View Post
    For what purpose will someone need a camera in their .. controller?
    Face Call or something VR related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    500 dollar console....

    Just buy a PC instead.
    $500 towards a PC is closer to nothing than it is to something.

    It's more than worth it for the rumored inclusions, let alone what it will probably have.

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    People fork out more than that for the newest shitty iPhone. I, on the other hand, won't be forking over that much money if the price in the UK is 1:1.

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    Ive had my PS4 since mid 2014, and it is still rocking now.

    Considering alot of my friends will drop that amount and then some every year for a new phone - I would personally pay alot more than $500 if I can get the same mileage out of as I have its predecessor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stross01 View Post
    $500 towards a PC is closer to nothing than it is to something.

    It's more than worth it for the rumored inclusions, let alone what it will probably have.
    500 dollars is a lot if you are just buying the actual computer and not accessories.
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    aren't most consoles 400-500 on day 1 ? I can't recall what i paid for Xbone day one edition but i was thinking it was 400 or 500. I fully expected the next gens to be 500. First time i saw a story with this type of title i was expecting like 1,000 lol.

    if the rumored game lineup is true i'll be a day 1 buyer.
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    While I realize that emulators are a thing, full backwards compatibility might just get me to buy one. The last playstation I owned was a ps2, so there's plenty of great games I've yet to play across all console generations and as long as it ships with 4K UHD blu-ray compatibility it'll be worth it to me as a multi-purpose media machine. $500 isn't a big deal for me and, I imagine, most people on these forums anyway. And that includes the taxes that brings a $500 US price upwards of $750 in Denmark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    500 dollars is a lot if you are just buying the actual computer and not accessories.
    $500 is about 2/3 of a decent video card, just over the value of a decent processor, or just over the value of decent ram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unlimited Power View Post
    While I realize that emulators are a thing, full backwards compatibility might just get me to buy one. The last playstation I owned was a ps2, so there's plenty of great games I've yet to play across all console generations and as long as it ships with 4K UHD blu-ray compatibility it'll be worth it to me as a multi-purpose media machine. $500 isn't a big deal for me and, I imagine, most people on these forums anyway. And that includes the taxes that brings a $500 US price upwards of $750 in Denmark.
    If it's able to play PS1 and PS2 games, it's well worth it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stross01 View Post
    $500 is about 2/3 of a decent video card, just over the value of a decent processor, or just over the value of decent ram.
    500 dollar PC is a lot more powerful than a 500 dollar console. How deluded are you?

    You think the only PC that you can use for gaming has to be 2080ti with 9900k and 32gb ram?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stross01 View Post
    $500 is about 2/3 of a decent video card, just over the value of a decent processor, or just over the value of decent ram.

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    If it's able to play PS1 and PS2 games, it's well worth it for me.
    In Denmark at least, a 1080ti currently cost upwards of double the release price of a PS4 Pro, so if the PS5 is similarly priced it'll be well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unlimited Power View Post
    In Denmark at least, a 1080ti currently cost upwards of double the release price of a PS4 Pro, so if the PS5 is similarly priced it'll be well worth it.
    How's the price of 1080ti any relevant to the price of PS4 pro or even PS5? Those consoles don't have anywhere near that power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puupi View Post
    How's the price of 1080ti any relevant to the price of PS4 pro or even PS5? Those consoles don't have anywhere near that power.
    People in this thread are claiming that you can buy a better computer at similar price points. Which might very well be true, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the hardware in consoles is egregiously overpriced.

    They're solid machines for the money, so if the argument is "you can buy a computer, but not a significantly better computer for the same money" that's sort of a moot point imo.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd be doing all my gaming on my current gaming rig if not for the fact that playstation has several great exclusives and there's simply no way for me to play them on my PC
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    And people are already jumping in trying to turn this into a PC Vs Console debate....ffs
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    an anonymous poster on Pastebin

    Must be true!

    But essentially ps4 400$ console is 450$ console in 2020 purely because of inflation. +50$ doesn't seem that much.
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