PlayStation 5: The PlayStation has ruled the console market ever since it revolutionised the concept of gaming in the 90s. Since then, Sony’s video gaming brand has prevailed despite stiff competition from its archrival in this particular arena, Microsoft. This year itself, Sony unveiled the 4K compatible successor to 2013’s PlayStation 4 and called it the PlayStation 4 Pro. But while it came with some notable upgrades in specs, its biggest draw was that Sony’s legendary console was finally capable of supporting 4K quality video games.
But as it has become in subsequent times, Sony used the mid-level upgrade to the PS4 as a very effective way to buy some time from their fans as well as their competition- Xbox creators Microsoft- while working on something much, much bigger. And that’s the highly anticipated PlayStation 5. The PlayStation 4 Pro was well-received by critics and gamers alike for the impressive technology that it packs in in terms of hardware. Besides being equipped with a 1 terabyte hard drive and improved CPU power, the PlayStation 4 Pro came with a GPU power of 4.2 teraflop- something that was thought to be extraordinary for its time. Xbox 2 vs PS5
And while that’s true, the PS 4 Pro still left a lot to be desired, mainly due to the fact that despite its much-advertised 4K capabilities, it failed to deliver games in native 4K. Even more surprisingly, some players have actually reported better playing experience on the PS 4 compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro on some of the titles optimised for the latter. This is largely because while the PS4 Pro’s GPU power is the highest existing in current consoles, it still falls behind in delivering a true 4K experience- something that the PlayStation 5 will address upon its arrival.
The question, though, is how. Microsoft has already gone on to give some ideas about what to expect from their upcoming console, codenamed Scorpio, and one of the things that they have announced is a 6 teraflop GPU for the upcoming Xbox, something they say will provide ample support for 4K gaming. But Sony has got more time on their hands to deliver the PlayStation 5 than Microsoft, who has already announced their console way ahead of time. It is widely speculated that, besides other serious upgrades in several departments, the Sony PlayStation 5 will come with a hugely boosted GPU for a true 4K gaming experience, killing Microsoft at its own game. And the GPU in the PS5 could go upwards of 8 teraflops.
And there’s reason enough to back up the speculation. While Microsoft officials seem confident that 6 teraflops of GPU power is enough to support 4K gaming, the folks over at Sony have expressed concern over this estimation. Most notably, Sony’s Mark Cerny said that a minimum of 8 teraflops is required to support true 4K resolution. This obviously comes as a matter of concern for fans of the Xbox. But there’s a deeper significance to it. We know that Sony is famed for its marketing techniques, and those associated with the company do not usually say anything completely out of context. So are we to take Cerny’s statement as a hint at what kind of power the PlayStation 5 could come with?
In all honesty, a PlayStation with an 8 teraflop GPU or above is not too much of a stretch to think about, especially because the PS5 is not expected to come out any time before 2020, much after the company has had the time to evaluate the specs and reception that Microsoft gets after launching their next Xbox. Other than the significant upgrade in GPU, we also expect the PS5 to come with a host of other new technology that Sony is reportedly working on at the moment, including the Optical Wave Guide technology and full VR support.