- Sony showed off the power of its new PlayStation 5 console with a side-by-side demonstration comparing it with the PlayStation 4 Pro at a conference in May.
- The new console uses a solid-state drive designed to drastically improve loading times and has significantly stronger processing power than other PlayStation models.
- Sony has yet to specify a price for the new PlayStation 5, but it’s arriving during the holiday 2020 season and the company plans to continue supporting the PlayStation 4 for at least three more years.
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Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console should provide a massive performance boost over the PlayStation 4, as demonstrated at a recent presentation for investors.
Sony showed off the new PlayStation’s strength with a side-by-side comparison with the PlayStation 4 Pro, its strongest console on the market, during a May conference.
The new console – which Sony has officially confirmed will be called the PlayStation 5 – loaded a replica of Manhattan from “Marvel’s Spider-Man” in less than a second, while the PlayStation 4 Pro took more than eight seconds to complete the task.
The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki shared a minute-long video of the demonstration on Twitter in May.
Sony's official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation pic.twitter.com/2eUROxKFLq
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) May 21, 2019
The new PlayStation also produced sharper graphics than the PlayStation 4 Pro and maintained better visual fidelity as the game’s camera zoomed through the streets of the city.
The improved graphics are credited to the new console’s improved CPU and GPU, which Sony says will be capable of producing 8K-resolution images with ray tracing, a new technology to create stunning visual effects using dynamic lighting and reflections.
While Sony hasn’t been shy about showing off the power of its upcoming PlayStation, it still hasn’t set a price. However, we do know Sony plans to launch the PlayStation 5 during the holiday 2020 season.
Sony has also said that the PlayStation 4 will remain essential to the company’s plans for at least three more years and that the new PlayStation would be able to play PS4 games as well.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details on the next PlayStation console as they emerge, but be sure to check out our past coverage to learn everything we know so far.