Sony has finally revealed some details about its next generation console, although there still is very little information. I’m referring to it as their next generation console because the lead system architect has not called it the “PlayStation 5” yet. In May of 2018 John Kodera said the console was still three years away, however rumors are circulating that it could be released sometime in 2020. The one thing they have confirmed is that this next gen console will be completely backwards compatible for all your PlayStation 4 games, as well as cross-platform between the two systems. Another thing we know for sure is that this next Gen console will run PlayStation 4 and its own games much faster since they’re going to be using a solid-state drive instead of the traditional hard drive. For those of you who don’t know what a solid-state drive is, or an SSD for short, this drive uses flash memory, which has been around for many years. The difference between a standard hard drive is that a regular old hard drive must actually write the data on a disk, while flash memory actually uses memory chips. This basically means that semiconductors flip arrays into different states of electric charge to store code and since there’s no movement other than the electrical patterns, the storage drive is in a solid state. SSD’s can read and write date significantly faster than a hard drive and they tend to have much lower failure rates. They also can be much smaller, with less moving parts which is always a good thing, especially for longevity. Now, back to the next gen PlayStation. Sony has announced that it will be using an AMD chip with a CPU based on the third generation Ryzen with eight cores of the seven-nanometer Zen 2 microchip. They also announced it will fully support 8k gameplay, if your screen can support it. Another piece of good news is that they will still have the fully functioning VR and they look to be pushing the envelope in staying ahead of the pack in this department. The “PlayStation 5” or next generation PlayStation is set to be a profound step forward into the technological aspects of gaming and I can not wait to hear more news about this next gen console.

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