Well it’s official, the worst kept secret in recent Sony history has finally been partially unveiled: the PlayStation 5 is a thing. A concept. A construct, presumably. Furnished with advanced what nots and complex electrical stuff, the PS5 will no doubt be assembled by the tiny Sony sprites that inhabit the Machiavellian fortress, harnessing the mythical creatures power while confining them in their dimly lit, poorly ventilated sweatshop. What can I say, I get facetious when I get excited. And why shouldn’t I be excited? I want to be excited! Not least because my aging Ps4 is beginning to make a curious maelstrom of clattering, clanging sounds that you might expect to hear if a microwave was trying to impersonate a jet fighter. Besides why should I let the inevitable cynics with their prophetic doom mungring and cynical aspirations belittle my zest for console satisfaction.
Though details concerning the fifth generation PlayStation are admittedly scarce, system architect Mark Cerny has confirmed a number of intriguing details in an interview with Wired. Most notably is the supposed reduction in loading times. Its been purported that load times will be significantly reduced thanks to an SSD rather than a hard drive, with the PS4’s Spiderman loading in
.8 seconds on the PS5 in contrast to the PS4’s 15 second load times. The new hardware will also support backwards compatibility with the Ps4, benifitting from the similar architectures that makes the transition rather more lenient than it did between the PlayStation 3 and 4. What’s most absurd though is that it will support an 8k output. Considering most consumers have only recently transitioned to 4k, this demonstrates a startling forsight for a technology still in its infancy. Current PSVR devices will also be compatible, though it still unclear whether that’s limited to PS4 games. Sony are also improving audio output with a more immersive 3d experience. Most importantly for me however is the continued support for physical games. This really shouldn’t be big news, but considering the indistries worrying proclivity towards the expulsion of discs, this is a comforting adherence.
With no release date other than “not 2019” nor a confirmed cost there is still much to be revealed before many will commit. Well not me, I’m a sucker! I’ve heard enough to convince me that Sony can continue the glorious success of the Ps4. With ample time to save, schedule in some time off for a potential launch date, and not mention a sound excuse to pursuade my missus that investing in a PS5 on day of release is a financially shrewd business strategy. The immediate future of console gaming is looking pretty good. Even if this may very well be the last Sony console that supports physical games.