Sony thinks that the next-gen PlayStation (PlayStation 5?) could reach the success the Japanese company expects by utilizing an incredibly fast SSD drive. (However, we have yet to see if the console can grow up to the PlayStation 4, as the good old PS4 is going to reach more than 100 million sold units this year…)
Do you remember the reveal of the „PlayStation 5?” (Until Sony officially names its console as such, using quotation marks is fair play!) Mark Cerny, who’s a talented game designer and console architect (he was the lead architect of both the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4…), confirmed in April that the next-gen Sony machine is going to use the eight-core, 7nm AMD Zen 2 CPU, as well as a Navi-based GPU (with the Navi launching in the third quarter of 2019).
The surprise wasn’t there (nor was it at the confirmation of the 3D audio, or with the hardware-based ray-tracing support either), but where he presented to Wired, the first publication to write about the PlayStation next-gen reveal, how using an early version of their hyper-fast SSD has cut down Spider-Man’s loading times. The PlayStation 4 title from last September has gone from fifteen seconds to just half a second with its loading. Regarding this subject, a Sony spokesperson has said the following to the Official PlayStation Magazine, which WCCFTech quotes: „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.”
So, Sony already has a vision on how to approach the next console generation, which could easily become the last traditional console generation, seeing how the streaming platforms (such as the PlayStation Now or the Google Stadia) are spreading. The „PlayStation 5” will not launch by April 2020. meaning we have to wait a while until we can get a hold of Sony’s newest machine.