Sony Wants To Make Loading Screens A Thing Of The Past With The PS5

In the Wired interview with Mark Cerny, he talked about the Playstation 5, and what Sony wants to do with their upcoming console, one of the key points was – loading screens. Long load times has been a serious issue for the PS4, especially with games like Bloodborne, Red Dead Redemption, etc.

The demo give to Wired with the PS5 devkit included a load test with Sony’s PS4 exclusive Spider-man. An average load time of 15 seconds was brought down to 0.8 seconds with help of an SSD streamlined to handle load times.

And then Official Playstation Magazine snagged a quote from s Sony spokesperson who said this: “An ultra-high-speed SSD is the key to our next generation. Our vision is to make loading screens a thing of the past, enabling creators to build new and unique gameplay experiences.”

This is great news for gamers, since games are only getting bigger and prettier in size, and load times that come along with it severely hamper the overall experience. We are hoping to hear more about the PS5 soon, and eager to see what next games look like on the console.

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Sony Says The PS5 Will Not Launch Before 2020

The next-generation PlayStation recently detailed by Sony Interactive Entertainment will not launch within the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2020, the company stated during its financial results meeting today.

Sony plans to invest much of 31.1 billion yen to develop the next-generation PlayStation.

Sony also revealed that PlayStation Now has had an average 40 percent annual growth since launch, and is now at 700,000 subscribers.

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PlayStation 5 Will Support 8K Graphics and Ray Tracing

Fans have known that Sony’s been working on the next-gen console, i.e. the PS5 for a while. There have been a lot of speculations regarding the specs and release date and finally, Sony may have just put them all to rest, once and for all.

During an interview with Wired, PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed the specs for the next-gen console. Unlike the PS4 Pro, which was like a buffed up version of the PS4 itself, the PS5 will be powered by AMD’s upcoming 7nm chips. It will run on an eight-core, third gen Ryzen CPU (based on the Zen 2 architecture) and the much anticipated Navi GPU. What that means, according to Cerny, is that the PS5 will support 8K graphics (provided you have an 8K TV) and ray tracing. We’ve already seen ray tracing in action on AMD cards during the Crytek demo, and it does look promising.

But that’s not all. Sony’s upgrading the PS5 storage to an SSD, optimized to reduce loading times and gameplay. To put that in perspective, Wired talks about a demo where fast travelling in Marvel’s Spider-Man took only 0.8 seconds on the PS5 dev kit, compared to the 15 seconds on the PS4.

Another huge change coming to the PlayStation console is something fans have been waiting for a long time: Backwards compatibility. According to Cerny, the PS4 and the PS5 share similar architecture, making it easier for them to support older PS4 titles. Additionally, the upcoming console will support physical media as well, most likely discs. Whether backwards compatibility can be achieved on the discs is something we still need to find out.

All these features, considering they make it to the final product, make the PlayStation 5 sound like a great console. Unfortunately, we still need to wait for a while before we get to see it, as Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation won’t be releasing this year. On a hopeful note, developers have access to the dev kits and are working on games for the PS5, so it’s possible we may get to see a 2020 launch.

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Source: Wired

Sony PS5 Powered By AMD 7nm Chip, May Offer 14 TFLOPS Performance (Rumour/Leak)

Rumors and speculations are abound about Sony’s next console, the Playstation 5. However, very little is actually know about it. Speculated release window ranges between 2020 and 2021. What the console will comprise of is still up in the air, though teraflops have been thrown around the last few days.

The latest performance leaks come from a someone who claims to be a third-party developer on Pastebin. And it claims a staggering 14 TFLOPS of performance, which is three times higher than the current gen PS4 Pro’s 4.2 TFLOPS. This will be achieved using AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 based CPU with 8 cores/16 threads, and a custom Navi GPU. It will have 24GB of GDDR6 graphics memory and 4GB DDR4 RAM. These are some might claims for sure, but like any leak/rumour, it’s best to take information like this with pinch of salt.

The post also says the PS5 will have a hybrid 2TB SSHD drive, and will upscale to 8K. Considering the fact that consoles still have to go a long way when it comes to 4K, 8K seems a little far-fetched. The rumoured price is around $499.

One of the interesting things mentioned in the post is that PS Plus subscribers will get access to a 4K remaster of PUBG (but why?). It also mentions the exclusives we can expect going forward, including Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us 2. Where it gets a little sketchy is that the post mentions that GTA VI will release in 2020, and will be timed exclusive on the PS5. As much as fans of Sony and PlayStation may want that to be true, it’s hard to believe that Rockstar would limit their bestselling franchise to a single platform, even if it is for a limited amount of time.

As far as concrete details about the console are concerned, sadly, there’s no news of any sort on that end. But hey, it’s still fun to speculate, right?

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PS5 and Next Xbox Looking To Beat Google Stadia, Will Release in 2020 (Rumour)

We don’t know a lot about the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, apart from the fact that they’ve been under works for a while. There’s a lot of speculation going on about the release dates, but the general consensus seems to be that we’ll get to see some news about the new devices towards the end of this year, and a launch sometime in 2020.

As posted by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier on ResetEra, it seems like very few people in the industry have any actual knowledge about these consoles. Interestingly enough, he also says that both Microsoft and Sony are looking to beat the 10.7 TFLOPs performance touted by Google Stadia at the announcement event. Here’s his post from the thread:

“Look, as I’ve been saying since roughly March 2018 (in this very thread), next-gen is coming in 2020. That Semiaccurate article saying 2018 (lol) got people’s hopes up for 2019, but by now I hope it’s clear that the PS5 ain’t coming out this fall.
And, despite all the rumors about devkits being out (usually from rumormongers who are wrong more often than not), the number of people briefed on next-gen is still very limited. Even within companies like, say, DICE, there’ll be a small team of engineers who now have a rough idea of specs, and everyone else will know when they need to know. Not a lot of devs are disclosed on next-gen right now.
In other words, don’t expect much in the way of substantial leakage just yet. The only thing to know for sure is that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming higher than that “10.7 teraflops” number that Google threw out last week. (And, as has been reported, Microsoft’s got a few things in the works.)”

This goes in tandem with our discussion on Google Stadia where we talk about how Google is competing with current-gen consoles when it says it is more powerful than both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X combined. Things are sure to get interesting in the gaming spectrum going forward as we see dedicated gaming hardware platforms compete with aggressive digital services like Stadia and XCloud. Do you think Google Stadia will be able to compete with next-gen consoles? Let us know in the comments!

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Leak: GTA VI might be a PS5 Exclusive

There is a rather shocking leak on the net and that is, GTA VI would be exclusive to Sony’s PS5. The leak claims that Sony might be in talks to purchase Rockstar Game’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive.

The move seems unlikely, given the size of the company. But in case such a purchase takes place, it would be a tremendous money minting move. GTA V has been an exceptionally popular game with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
With rumours saying that the new Grand Theft Auto title would be based in Vice City and that there might a female lead in a GTA game for the first time, fans are already going crazy.

But, sit back and relax as GTA VI would probably not come anytime sooner than 2022. By that time, the next generation console would be out in the market too, so rumours seems to make ‘some’ sense. What do you think about this rumour? Let us know below.

AMD’s Navi and Zen could power the next Xbox and PS

Once again, well known hardware leaker, TUM_APISAK has provided the internet valuable information, this time about the upcoming next-gen consoles. In a tweet about a week ago, he mentioned about AMD’s new system-on-a-chip (SoC) which will power the next-gen consoles.  As of now, the new AMD SoC is being referred as ‘Gonzalo’.

The most interesting thing about the this new chip is that it is alleged to combine both Zen and Navi architectures. While Navi is yet to be released, rumours indicate that it could come up anytime as soon as the E3. This new AMD APU is allegedly given codename 2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9. In this tweet, APISAK deciphers the codename to indicate the possibilities of the new SoC. As far as the Zen architecture is concerned, will the APU be based on Zen+ or Zen 2, is still pretty much unsure. However, statements from Microsoft indicate that their next gen consoles will feature the latter.

If this leak is true, console gaming may take a quantum leap from current-gen performance.

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Luminous Productions Appoints Final Fantasy XV Lead Programmer Takeshi Aramaki As Studio Head

Square Enix has appointed Takeshi Aramaki as the new studio head of Luminous Productions following Hajime Tabata’s departure, the company announced.

In early November, Tabata announced that he left both Luminous Productions and Square Enix as of October 31.

Aramaki was the lead programmer on Final Fantasy XV, and also led the development of the PC version.

Luminous Productions is currently focused on the development of “large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles.” While further information has not been announced, the LinkedIn profile for a character modeler at the studio mentioned a “new AAA title for PS5.”

 

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Sony Set to Skip E3 2019; PlayStation 5 Announcement Rumoured

Sony has attended E3 for the past 23 years but for the first time will skip out next year, something that is bound to be a huge hit to E3 itself.

E3 is one of the biggest video game events in the world where game studious and companies show off their upcoming titles and make announcements about upcoming products. This year, Sony showcased The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima. Here is what Sony had to say as to why they won’t be at E3 this year.

“As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” said Sony in a statement. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

This is another big blow to E3 as over the past couple of years, more and more companies have dropped out in favour of having their own show. EA tends to hold their own show a few days prior to E3, Nintendo has leaned towards doing pre-recorded videos, Microsoft had their own event at a location a few minutes away from where E3 is held and now Sony is also skipping out. Sony is also one of the biggest in terms of occupying space in the hall with their various booths.

Sony also chose not to hold PlayStation Experience this year, an event that they’ve held every December since 2014. The biggest rumour as to why Sony is doing this because of the PlayStation 5. Sony is taking their time and will focus on the PlayStation 5 and according to many will release it in 2020, which means an announcement could be coming next year. 2020 is also the PlayStation brand’s 25th anniversary(The PS1 released in December 1994 in Japan and September 1995 in NA) which means that we could see an announcement at PlayStation Experience next year or in February 2020 which mirrors their reveal for the PS4 back in February of 2013.

The PlayStation 4 is 5 years old this year so an announcement in Feb 2020 would also mean that when the PlayStation 5 releases, sometime later that year, the PlayStation 4 would be 7 years old, which is the same gap between the release of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. What do you make of all this? Let us know down below.

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