The next-gen PlayStation, which we call the PlayStation 5 due to a lack of official name (it might be announced in February, when the console could be revealed according to rumours).
The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Project Scarlett (at least this is an official code name) have been discussed several times due to the advantages provided by their SSDs, but now, it’s the CPU’s turn. Officially, it will be based on AMD’s Ryzen Zen 2 CPU. Regarding it, BoxFrog Games’ Tim Ash (the team is currently working on a fast-paced aerial combat game called Lost Wing) shared his thoughts with GamingBolt.
„[The PlayStation 5’s CPU] will be a huge step up [from the PlayStation 4’s]. It gets rid of so many restrictions with how many calculations we can do on the fly, we have so many ideas which are very hard, or even impossible to implement in the current generation of consoles (PlayStation 4 Slim, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox One X). Also, it reduces development time significantly as less time needs to be spent on optimisation,” Ash said.
Let’s keep Ash’s thoughts in our mind then: if one of the PlayStation 5 launch titles will have a bad frame rate, then remember what he said. Either the dev will be lazy with their game (or have no time?), or maybe Ash might be wrong. Who knows, any of the scenarios are possible.
The next-gen PlayStation will likely launch in late 2020, close to the Xbox Project Scarlett – the same scenario happened in 2013 with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The pricing will be a big question mark, especially seeing the trade war happening between the United States and China, which we kept an eye on in the past months.
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