By now we should have been seeing a lot of next generation console news driven by endless tech and trade shows the world over. Not in 2020 though. Thanks China!
So it is largely falling to developers and their own exploration of the new toys on offer in order to tell us what is what in the world of be next generation gaming. Last week it was Epic Games with their new Unreal Engine 5 tech demo. During this demo they showed a game running on the PS5.
Movie level detail with zero lag, no pop-up, no gaps and all bathed in what appears to be natural light. It blew observers away.
Sony have been deliberately blasé about the power of their new unit. They have revelled in the fact that Microsoft and PC fanboys have been jumping and down excitedly talking about the PS5 having less raw power. This is because they were convinced they had found a new secret sauce and that the constant quest for top-end power was a fools errand.
So what is it that makes a less powerful PS5 out-perform the Xbox Series X and high end gaming PCs? Storage, apparently. It seems the developers agree.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney spoke with Digital Foundry about this demo and stated categorically that the new console could teach PCs how to do it the right way, stating the system was a:
“God-tier storage system which is pretty far ahead of PCs”.
He then went into much more detail in a video interview, talking specs and power from a developer standpoint:
“It does have an immense amount of GPU power, but also multi-order bandwidth increase in storage management. We’ve been working super close with Sony for quite a long time on storage. The storage architecture on the PS5 is far ahead of anything you can buy on the PC for any amount of money right now. It’s going to help drive future PCs.”
The Xbox Series X has a squirts through its data at 2.4 gigabytes per second, as do almost all PCs with NVMe SSDs today.
The PS5 has 5.5 gigabytes per second. So it effectively doesn’t need a more powerful processor than its competitors as its grunt comes from eliminating the bottlenecks between system components and having whatever the system needs already “on hand”. There are also completely redesigned motherboards.
Sony is expected to unveil launch titles for the PS5 in June. There is also the rumor that we will get our first real look at the console then. The images in this article are concept creations by fans and media outlets.