After months of speculation, we now have info on Sony’s next generation PlayStation. Wired has published a piece that revealed a few details about what to expect for the system.
Wired's interview with lead systems architect and producer Mark Cerny mainly discuss hardware and nothing relating to software features or even what to expect from the game's launch library. However, Cerny revealed a number of key details that should please gamers frustrated with current console generation issues. The next PlayStation features a solid-state drive and supports ray-tracing graphics, which have never been on a console before. This console also supports 8K graphics for the few people who have a setup that can handle that.
The solid-state drive is likely the most notable feature, capable of massively cutting down on load times for current-generation games. During the interview with Wired, Cerny loaded up Insomniac's Spider-Man onto a devkit for the next console. On the PlayStation 4 Pro, it took 15 seconds to load into the game's open-world. On the devkit: 0.8 seconds.
The next PlayStation will feature a CPU "based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture," as well as a GPU based on Radeon’s Navi family of chips. Cerny also says that existing PSVR headsets will continue to work with this console but did not speak at length about the company's future for VR outside of saying "VR is very important to [Sony]." Cerny says that the next iteration of PlayStation won't be available in 2019 but that "a number of studios have been working with [the devkit]."