This is also the first time we have officially heard anything about the next generation console.
In an interview with Wired, lead architect of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 Mark Cerny confirmed that the next-gen console will support what he calls "3D audio" - something he says will "make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side". Cerny didn't spill any specifics on specs or performance.
Combing through those details, one of the most important is the addition of a solid state drive.
That faster loading also means an in-game camera can zip around Spider-Man's urban environments more quickly, without having to wait for the slow-loading hard drive.
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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.
Although 8K sounds tantalizing, the chances of games running at a stable frame rate on such a high resolution are very slim. But cutting our loading times? 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.
Sony's PlayStation 4 successor will still take physical discs, it'll be backwards compatible, and - at least until developers dream up new ways to challenge the hardware - will dramatically reduce load times while enabling warp-speed in-game actions that would humble current consoles, according to a new report. (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. Now we'll have to see how Microsoft responds. The Wired piece elegantly breaks down the hardware aspects of the system, and I'd recommend reading the whole thing if you want the full alphabet soup breakdown.
Sony might not have a presence at E3 2019 this summer, but it has now laid the groundwork for the long road to the official reveal of its next home console. It's something we saw with the Xbox One at launch and the PS3 as well. Testing has shown that the PS4/PS4 Pro consoles only barely benefit from the upgraded speed of SSDs, but the difference is much bigger for the PlaySation 5, being built to take advantage of SSD speed from the start.