Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation will use AMD Zen 2/Navi chips and be backwards compatible

The next PlayStation will support Ray Tracing!

Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation will use AMD Zen 2/Navi chips and be backwards compatible

Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation will use AMD Zen 2/Navi chips and be backwards compatible

Sony's Mark Cerny has spilt the beans on the company's next-generation PlayStation console, confirming that the console will offer faster loading times than its predecessor, utilise AMD CPU and graphics components and be fully compatible with PlayStation 4 games. 

On top of this, Sony has confirmed that their next-generation PlayStation will utilise AMD's Zen 2 CPU architecture alongside Radeon Navi graphics, confirming that the PlayStation 5 will support Ray Tracing and utilise a custom AMD chip for enhanced 3D audio. In short, Sony's PlayStation 5 will offer a considerable boost in CPU and graphics performance over its predecessor, delivering a true generational leap in performance. 

When it comes to storage, it is unknown how Sony plans to deliver the enhanced read/write speeds in an affordable way, as SSDs remain expensive when compared to traditional HDDs. All we know is that Sony's next-generation PlayStation will load games faster, but how it will accomplish this remains to be seen. Sony claims that their solution will offer more bandwidth than any SSD for PCs today, suggesting a storage solution that's unlike anything that we have seen before.    

On the CPU-side, Sony's next PlayStation will offer users eight Zen 2 processing cores, bringing with it considerable increases in per clock performance over the PlayStation 4's low power Jaguar CPU core. Better still, Zen 2 will likely offer higher clock speeds than the PlayStation 4's Jaguar-based processor, making it likely that the PlayStation 5 could provide more than a 2x boost in CPU performance. The PlayStation 4's Jaguar cores run at 1.6GHz, whereas most desktop Ryzen CPUs run at well over 3GHz. 

Cerny also stated that the platform would support 8K, likely through the use of HDMI 2.1, and that the console will retain support for physical media.  


Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation will use AMD Zen 2/Navi chips and be backwards compatible  

This announcement is big news for AMD, as it has confirmed that Ryzen/Radeon will power the next-generation of consoles. It also affirms that AMD Navi graphics cards will support Ray Tracing, though at this time it is unknown how AMD's new architecture will accelerate the technique. Will it be similar to Nvidia's RTX implementation, or will it be something completely different?  

AMD's Lisa Su has retweeted Wired's report, confirming what the says. This means that we should expect ray tracing capabilities on Navi graphics cards, but the question is whether or not AMD's initial Navi offerings will support the feature. 

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16-04-2019, 09:46:13

Wasn't the PS4 limited to SATAII speeds? Which can sort of just about limit HDD's I guess. Especially if they move to have 8GB of flash or something tacked on, the CPU speed up will also help loading times, I guess it could just be SATA3+ new CPU. 8 cores is cool, I'm guessing there will be SMT too to keep pushing thread counts since some games can really benefit from AMD implementation & the OS especially will. Personally I doubt AMD will be throwing dedicated RT cores into the mix, I'd bet more on a general improvement to concurrent compute, memory addressing, and some extra instructions to get raytracing working well on Navi.Quote

16-04-2019, 10:06:54

One Zen 1 core has as much power as the entire Jaguar cpu. It'll be a massive increase in performance. Probably the largest jump we've ever seen in a console.

It'll be an expensive console using the latest and greatest tech from AMD.Quote

16-04-2019, 10:12:57

I doubt it's going to be a large price hike, scaled down Zen and Navi shouldn't break the bank.

It's nice that industry standard CPUs won't be shockingly bad in the future, though.Quote

16-04-2019, 10:17:54

It'll probably be back to $500-600 range. Which didn't work out for Xbox very well last time or the PS3. It'll be interesting to seeQuote

16-04-2019, 10:26:58

Zen has upto x2.5 the IPC of Jaguar I think you'd need to be clocking at like 4.5Ghz+ to get one of them equivalent to 8 in that best case scenario which is abit of a stretch but that'd still be far from the largest jump it's more that the last just was tiny compared to all the previous ones in the CPU department. 6th gen CPUs were supercomputer-derived minimonsters when they launched and jumps before that often came with large paradigm shifts in overall architecture, in fact many developers initially found Cell was outperforming Jaguar for FPU-heavy tasks.

Personally I think the CPU for this will be a chiplet identical to a Ryzen3000 8-core binned for lower leakage/high efficiency with like ~3Ghz clocks at a reasonable cost(Still a massive jump of several times performance gains), by then presumably AMD's mainstream desktop CPU platform will be upto 12 or 16 cores, with unique I/O & possibly unique GPU chiplets.Quote

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