Cerny says that an AMD chip is at the heart of the PS5, with Sony tapping a custom third-gen Ryzen CPU with he new 7nm Zen 2 CPU architecture, as well as a custom variant of AMD's upcoming Radeon Navi family of graphics cards. That ties into another aspect - it will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games, although we don't know if it goes any further back through the generations than that. In test results shown to Wired, this one change lowered load times in a game like Spider-Man from 15 seconds on a standard PS4 Pro to 0.8 seconds on a dev kit for the new hardware.
While Sony has begun to announce details of what we can expect following the launch of the next-gen console, it wouldn't be a poor estimate to predict a PS5 release in 2020.
Sony's new PlayStation 5 will also feature an AMD built custom audio solution for 3D audio that Cerny thinks will take audio to the next level.
Extremely fast high-end custom SSD storage faster than any solution now available for PC: Spider-Man load times on PS4 Pro: 15 seconds → 0.8 seconds on next-gen PlayStation.
That's an impressive package, and it will be interesting to see when and how Microsoft meets that challenge with its next generation console (Nintendo will always be off doing its own thing and being Nintendo).
The system will support 8K TV's (but will likely run its games in 4K) and will still have physical media.
In a recent interview, Sony revealed officially for the first time that they do have separate internal content guidelines that developers must follow in order to get their games approved for PlayStation 4.
As I mentioned earlier, PS5 will feature backward compatibility right out of the box.
As for ray tracing, it is a technology that can model travel of light in the virtual environment to make lighting effects more complex and realistic.
Be sure to visit our comprehensive guide to everything confirmed and rumored about the PS5 so far. Furthermore, the console has been in development for the past 4 years and it is not a spec upgrade like the PS4 Pro was. Instead, Sony chose to share the first details about its next-generation console in an interview with Wired.
The rest of the specs seem decent, but performance-wise we'll have to wait until Sony's official reveal to see how they'll look in practice.
We'll be bringing you more news on the PlayStation 5 as it becomes available.