Sony has once again confirmed that its next generation console, which has a similar architecture to the PS4, will be backwards compatible (at least with PS4) and with the current version of PlayStation VR.
“We will leverage backwards compatibility to transition our community to next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before,” the company said at a business meeting, the slides of which are now out in the open. Sony hopes to use current PS4 games to encourage early adopters, while also releasing even more ‘AAA’ titles for PS4 in the future, with the hope that they will load and perform better on the next console being a reason for users to upgrade.
The new console will be powered with an all-new CPU and GPU, the former of which will be a third-gen AMD Ryzen CPU with eight cores, while the latter is a GPU built on AMD’s Radeon Navi family.
Games will run much faster thanks to the new console using an SSDs for storage instead of hard drives. Sony showed an example of this running, as seen in the tweet below.
Sony’s official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019
The new console will also be futureproofed in that it will support 8K graphics and therefore be able to display games on the latest 8K TVs, not that we are likely to see any 8K native games anytime soon, but it’s a nice feature to boast about in any case.
PlayStation Now will also be ramped up, with newer games and other features to make it more appealing.
There’s no news on when Sony will reveal the new console to the public, how much it will cost and when it will be released. It certainly seems there’s no great rush anyway, what with PS4 still selling so well and soon to breach the 100 million consoles sold mark.