PlayStation boss confirms that the PS5 will feature 120Hz, 4K support and 'cross-generational'...

Polycount

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Though Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about the next Xbox's name, performance capabilities, and unique features, Sony has been surprisingly forthcoming about the PlayStation 5 (PS5). It's already confirmed a number of features and hardware details -- according to the company, the PS5 will feature support for 8K graphics (presumably at lower FPS), backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 (PS4) games, and even real-time ray tracing capabilities.

From a hardware perspective, things are a bit more vague, but Sony has still dropped a few interesting bits of information. For example, we know the PS5 will house an 8-core Ryzen chip running on AMD's 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture, as well as a Navi GPU.

Now, ahead of E3 2019 (to be clear, Sony will not be at the conference), CEO of PlayStation Jim Ryan has confirmed a few other hardware and software details. First, Ryan says Sony is hoping to offer up "cross-generational play" to its customers. Unlike mere backwards compatibility, cross generational play will let gamers play a compatible game on their PS4, switch over to the PS5 to continue their save progress, and then switch back to the PS4 again to continue.

Ryan seems to feel this will prevent customers from having to make the choice between upgrading their system and leaving their PS4 buddies behind, making the transition more seamless than its been in the past.

Getting to the hardware details mentioned before, Ryan informed CNET that the PlayStation 5 will include an SSD as the "default" option; it won't be an upsell and customers won't be forced to make do with a slow HDD on the next-gen console.

PC gamers, in particular, may be interested to learn that Ryan's team is aiming to bring 120Hz, 4K gaming to the PS5 as well. Given that most consoles run games at a maximum of 30 FPS, this could be just the incentive some PC players need to switch over; or at least own both platforms.

Naturally, even with top-of-the-line hardware, it's unlikely that the PS5 will actually hit 120 FPS on a 4K display. To speculate, though, perhaps console gamers will finally get access to graphical settings for the system itself or its titles, letting them lower the resolution to boost FPS or raise the resolution to pretty up visuals (at the cost of FPS).

Our thoughts aside, we're excited to see what the finished version of the PS5 will look and feel like -- what do you think of the information we've learned so far? Does the PS5 sound like something you'd be interested in buying, or will you be sticking to your current platform?

Image credit: PlayStation 5 by Steel Drake

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DukeJukem

TS Booster
I'd rather play on pc.....you know.....the place where you don't have to pay for your internet twice to play online games.....

"hey man I know you already pay for your internet but if you want YOUR internet YOU pay for to work on this console YOU gotta pay US."

get this garbage out of my face and make a playstation that is backward compatible with all playstation games. ALL PLAYSTATION GAMES. the firmware on these drives can be modded to read whatever it wants you just won't do it.
 

Vulcanproject

TS Evangelist
Consoles have become ever more like a budget PC box, in so many ways. Right down to the endless updates I wait to install, for both games and firmware.

I laugh when console gamers arguing against a gaming PC talk about how they just want to sit down and play. "Consoles are so much simpler" so the argument is built around. 20 years ago it might have been true, insert disc and play. It's total nonsense now.

It's a strange situation. In the earliest days of videogames, consoles rapidly diverged and distinguished themselves from home computers. Lots of custom hardware and bespoke software.

40 years later and the convergence is at the point where new consoles are practically off the shelf PC hardware. Sharing much of their OS, APIs, the game engines are all the same, you can even play online cross platform.

The difference between PC and console gaming in terms of accessibility gets closer every single day, to the point I don't see why I would buy a console unless it had a fantastic game that wasn't on PC. Microsoft are kindly obliging me to definitely not buy an Xbox in future because they are putting everything on PC.
 

emmzo

TS Addict
If the PS5 will be able to hit a steady 60fps on 4k coupled with a fast storage SSD man, it kinda closes the gap on PC`s, I mean, yeah, a PC is still more powerful, more customizable, bla, bla, but will it still matter? Most people ATM play full HD/1080, at least according to Steam. Who`s gonna build an expansive PC, with the latest generation video card and who`s gonna buy a PS5 for a quarter of the price with little to none visible difference? I`d say give me a keyboard and a mouse for PS5, cut that ridiculous online subscription and I`ll probably hardly use my PC for gaming ever again.
 

Eflow

TS Rookie
We are going to need to see some HDMI 2.1 televisions before consoles can take advantage of 4K 120Hz.

All pipe dreams aside, I hope next gen consoles include a setting that allows users to prioritize refresh rate over resolution.
 
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Ravalo

TS Booster
If the PS5 will be able to hit a steady 60fps on 4k coupled with a fast storage SSD man, it kinda closes the gap on PC`s, I mean, yeah, a PC is still more powerful, more customizable, bla, bla, but will it still matter? Most people ATM play full HD/1080, at least according to Steam. Who`s gonna build an expansive PC, with the latest generation video card and who`s gonna buy a PS5 for a quarter of the price with little to none visible difference? I`d say give me a keyboard and a mouse for PS5, cut that ridiculous online subscription and I`ll probably hardly use my PC for gaming ever again.
BUT CAN YOU DO THIS?
*Records tf2 and csgo while playing at 120 fps*

For just 399$ (It is possible thanks to the rx 570 and 580)
 

psycros

TS Evangelist
If the PS5 will be able to hit a steady 60fps on 4k coupled with a fast storage SSD man, it kinda closes the gap on PC`s, I mean, yeah, a PC is still more powerful, more customizable, bla, bla, but will it still matter? Most people ATM play full HD/1080, at least according to Steam. Who`s gonna build an expansive PC, with the latest generation video card and who`s gonna buy a PS5 for a quarter of the price with little to none visible difference? I`d say give me a keyboard and a mouse for PS5, cut that ridiculous online subscription and I`ll probably hardly use my PC for gaming ever again.
BUT CAN YOU DO THIS?
*Records tf2 and csgo while playing at 120 fps*

For just 399$ (It is possible thanks to the rx 570 and 580)
$399? Unlikely. More like $699. Even so its the better deal.
 

Mr Majestyk

TS Maniac
We are going to need to see some HDMI 2.1 televisions before consoles can take advantage of 4K 120Hz.

All pipe dreams aside, I hope next gen consoles include a setting that allows users to prioritize refresh rate over resolution.
Well 2020 will see the onslaught of HDMI 2.1 and don't forget this year's LG top shelf TV's have HDMI 2.1. PS5 won't be shipping until next year at earliest.
 

Rlam77

TS Rookie
This is probably going to be like how the PS3 supported 1080p but almost none of the games except something like Tennis actually were 1080p.
 

144hzGamer

TS Addict
If the PS5 will be able to hit a steady 60fps on 4k coupled with a fast storage SSD man, it kinda closes the gap on PC`s, I mean, yeah, a PC is still more powerful, more customizable, bla, bla, but will it still matter? Most people ATM play full HD/1080, at least according to Steam. Who`s gonna build an expansive PC, with the latest generation video card and who`s gonna buy a PS5 for a quarter of the price with little to none visible difference? I`d say give me a keyboard and a mouse for PS5, cut that ridiculous online subscription and I`ll probably hardly use my PC for gaming ever again.
BUT CAN YOU DO THIS?
*Records tf2 and csgo while playing at 120 fps*

For just 399$ (It is possible thanks to the rx 570 and 580)
CS go and TF2? Lol
 

144hzGamer

TS Addict
The current consoles cant even do 60fps/1080 consistently and now they want to go for 120/4k? LMFAO sure
up to, not necessarily 120fps, plus you can take advantage from 120hz even with a lower fps count with freesync, no need for vsync etc.
 
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144hzGamer

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I'd rather play on pc.....you know.....the place where you don't have to pay for your internet twice to play online games.....

"hey man I know you already pay for your internet but if you want YOUR internet YOU pay for to work on this console YOU gotta pay US."

get this garbage out of my face and make a playstation that is backward compatible with all playstation games. ALL PLAYSTATION GAMES. the firmware on these drives can be modded to read whatever it wants you just won't do it.

People have preferences you know. If I want to play a battle royale game or RTS I use my pc. If someone likes to play single player exclusives and they like sony games they buy a console. There isnt a one fit all solution, every platform has advantages and disadvantages but you prefer to act elitist because what you prefer must be what everyone prefers. According to Sony there are 96million PS4 sold and only one third of that are using an online subscription. You are not forced to use it and most console gamers are single player gamers that do not care about playing online.
 

dangh

TS Enthusiast
Happy to see they are serious about it. can't wait for release, seems to be quite solid system, and with Sony games this will give a lot of fun.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
PS4 struggles with 30fps, and Sony jumps to 120Hz with the PS5? Um, okay. I'll def be watching out for Digital Foundries' PS5 tests before I believe any of this.

Current gen consoles are in no way comparable to gaming PC's. Next gen consoles may finally change that. Fingers crossed.
 

Thannos

TS Booster
It will be interesting to see how future consoles adapt to the ever-growing change that is the world of gaming. Whatever they come up with, it will almost certainly never get me to switch from my PC, regardless of exclusive titles or what they try to accomplish on the hardware end.
 

amstech

IT Overlord
Sony has been great about their online perspective, options and features with their online gaming services, on the PS3 it was free. On the PS4 you pay but you get tons of access to free online games, services, features, discounts, downloads and access... point those missles at Microsoft. When the 360 first came out you had to have Gold just to watch Netflix, obviously this has been changed.
I think this console looks great, and yes using a console is much easier then a PC, even today.
Stop with all the damn console hating and 'PC Gaming Elysium', your not special. We all know how super great your gaming PC is...sooo amazing, so uber fantastic.

As far as the console giving users video options, that's a real bad idea on the list of bad ideas. The only thing I could see is the console auto adjusting how the game will run at 720p, 1080p, 1440p and 2160p, pending the HDTV or display its pushing.
 
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144hzGamer

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You cant find those on console (well you can but, those games are dead on console
There are a lot of pc exclusive games but I just wanted to name those 2 xD
Just found that funny because those 2 games run on a 400€ laptop that everyone has
 

LogiGaming

TS Addict
I'd rather play on pc.....you know.....the place where you don't have to pay for your internet twice to play online games.....

"hey man I know you already pay for your internet but if you want YOUR internet YOU pay for to work on this console YOU gotta pay US."

get this garbage out of my face and make a playstation that is backward compatible with all playstation games. ALL PLAYSTATION GAMES. the firmware on these drives can be modded to read whatever it wants you just won't do it.
Cool story bro, but no one cares on wich piece of plastic/metal you prefer to play videogames, and it also doesn´t make you anything special if you prefer one to the other. Let people have fun with the platform they want and stop acting like a religious dude preaching his religion as the best that everyone should accept.