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PlayStation 5: Specs, backwards compatibility and more revealed

Published: 16/Apr/2019 14:01 Updated: 13/May/2019 12:05

by Dan Ciccone

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First details of Sony’s next-gen console have been revealed, and they prove that what is coming next is more than just a standard hardware upgrade, with a number of major improvements coming with whatever the fifth PlayStation is called.

Speaking exclusively to Wired, Sony’s lead system architect Mark Cerny revealed the first details of the next-gen PlayStation console.

What CPU will the PlayStation 5 have?

As expected with any generational upgrade, a new CPU (central processing unit) will be one of the biggest talking points. The CPU is essentially the brain of any system, and is often the baseline when it comes to comparing speeds.

The PS5 will run an 8-core processor, based on the 3rd gen AMD Ryzen CPU’s. The mid-range Ryzen 5 for example, runs at a base clock of 3.6Ghz – the current PS4 pro processor is only at 2.13Ghz, so if it matches up with the current Ryzen speeds it would be a significant upgrade.

What GPU will the PlayStation 5 have?

Another of the main features will be the graphics processing unit (GPU). As the name suggests, this is the chip or ‘card’ that provides all the graphical power to the system.

The PS5 GPU will be a custom variant of AMD’s Radeon, and will support ray tracing. Although very few games currently utilize ray tracing technology (Battlefield V and Metro Exodus for example), it can produce stunning effects. In simple terms, Ray Tracing allows light, reflections and shadows to be displayed more naturally, as opposed to traditional ‘rasterization’ used in most video games.

Nothing about the PS5’s appearance has been confirmed officially, but its internals are intriguing.

Will PlayStation 5 be backwards compatible with PS4 games?

This is a must-have for some players, as they will want to ensure that they don’t have to repurchase their entire game library when the new console drops. 

Sony’s Mark Cerny has confirmed that PlayStation’s next-gen console will be backwards compatible with PS4 titles, as it’s based on the “same architecture”. Backwards compatibility was already ‘leaked’ by a Sony patent too.

How much storage will the PlayStation 5 have?

Console gamers will be well aware of the increasing size of many big releases, as they chew up more and more of the rather limited 1 TB of storage which comes with the higher-end PS4 Pro – and only 500GB on the lower-end PS4.

Unfortunately, no details were given as to the size of the next-gen’s storage, but we may have got something better instead. The new console will use an SSD, rather than a hard drive. The benefits of this are obvious – it cuts loading times considerably, and there are no moving parts, meaning it will be more durable and quieter (no more clunk-clunk as the rusted PS4 hard drive loads up a level).

The new SSD cut the loading time in Spider-Man from 15 seconds on a PS4 Pro to only 0.8 seconds on the next-gen system.

Marvel / Insomniac GamesSpider-Man’s New York loaded much faster on an SSD.

Will PlayStation 5 support 8K resolution?

Yes, 8K resolution will be supported on the next-gen Sony console, although currently, you’ll have a hard time finding a display that can output that many pixels, so that’s another consideration here.

Not to mention, achieving even 30 FPS (frames per second) while running 8K resolution would be a miraculous achievement with the hardware in this system. This means the 8K functionality will be more for entertainment like TV shows and movies – it’s unlikely 8K will be possible in most video games without seriously sacrificing frame rates.

When is the PlayStation 5 release date?

All we know at the moment, is that it won’t be releasing in 2019. A 2020 release is likely, although 2021 may also be on the cards.

Sony won’t be at E3 in 2019, which led to lots of speculation that they will be announcing a new console later, as they might not have much to show off at the Summer convention until they have a new console to brag about.

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Everything we know about Resident Evil 8: Village – trailer, more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 12:04 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 12:06

by Brent Koepp

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Resident Evil 8: Village was a surprise announcement at Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event in June. Here is everything we know so far about the eighth title in the long-running Capcom horror franchise.

Resident Evil made its debut on the PlayStation in 1996. The project was helmed by industry icon Shinji Mikami, and went on to become of the longest-running horror franchises of all time. The series has been a staple of the industry for nearly three decades.

On June 11, players got their first look at the franchise’s next iteration – Village. The upcoming game will make its debut on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. Here is what you need to know about the highly anticipated Capcom title.

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Resident Evil 8 will include terrifying werewolves.

Resident Evil 8: Village announced

On June 11, Sony gave players a glimpse into the next generation of gaming with the reveal of the PlayStation 5 hardware. During the conference, Resident Evil’s eighth numbered title Village was unexpectedly announced for the PS5.

The reveal was accompanied by a two-minute trailer which gave fans their first look into the next installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The creepy video gives out serious nostalgic vibes to the classic fourth title which came out in 2005 on Nintendo GameCube.

Various scenes depict a small village and castle setting, similar to Leon’s journey in RE4. The new footage also teases a possible cast of new villains from witch-looking vampires, to a ferocious werewolf. We even get the return of series veteran Chris Redfield.

What is Village about?

During the Sony event, a synopsis was given by Capcom that described RE8 as a continuation to the story in Resident Evil 7. “Ethan’s world suddenly comes crashing down once again when Chris Redfield, an unexpected yet familiar face makes an appearance, setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris’s shocking actions, and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village,” it reads.

From the trailer, we can gather that Ethan settles down with his girlfriend Mia Winters after rescuing her from the horrific Baker mansion. However, events then force the protagonist to leave behind his cozy home life and travel to a creepy snow-covered village. Just like the last release, Capcom is throwing the player into a first-person experience.

While it’s unclear what their roles will be, several new characters are hinted at. A group of fierce women look to inhabit the castle mansion. At one point, one of them is seen sucking the blood from a character’s arm… Could they be vampires?

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YouTube: PlayStation / Capcom
Could these be the new villains in RE8?

Resident Evil Showcase – January 2021

During January’s showcase, producer Pete Fabiano shared some further insights into the story players will embark upon with Ethan. Venturing to the castle to search for their kidnapped daughter, players will experience first-person gameplay that “really draws players into the detailed world.”

With each enemy having a distinct way of fighting, the game takes on an emphasis of almost Dark-Souls like combat, requiring players to constantly adapt their style and arsenal to what’s happening on-screen.

Crafting allows a similar style of play and inventory management system that mirrors what players experienced within fan-favorite Resident Evil 4. Items within the environment are also destructible, giving players ways to further interact with the world around them, with some objects such as vases having the potential to drop items like herbs.

Puzzles and extra objectives peppered throughout the game gives players a reason to venture off of the beaten path, increasing playtime and, potentially, replayability.

Showcase video

Features

Over on the PlayStation Blog, some tidbits about the upcoming horror release were revealed. Accordingly, players can expect a more open-world experience with a bigger focus on combat than the previous entry in the series.

“With a greater focus on combat and exploration compared to Resident Evil 7, the village itself is just as important a character as any other, a location with a life of its own that will frequently keep you on edge as you discover its secrets,” the post read.

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YouTube: PlayStation / Capcom
Could this be the new stalker enemy rumored in January?

Rumors back in January stated that there would be both zombies and werewolf enemy types, as well as a new stalker villain. The trailer both depicts a man transforming into a beast, as well as a giant wielding a massive axe. Could this be confirmation that the leaks were true?

PlayStation 5 Resident Evil 8 demo

With the only bit of guidance received being to ‘escape the dungeon’, RE8’s demo highlights the world and environments beautifully, putting players in the shoes of the Maiden.

Maiden demo PS5 exclusive Resident Evil
YouTube: Resident Evil / Capcom
Exclusively to PS5, players will experience a non-combat demo that showcases the world as the Maiden.

Little information was given about who this character actually is, or what the demo actually encompasses, but we were told that it features zero combat and the Maiden is unable to block attacks.

While the demo is exclusive to the console, a separate, new demo, will also be available for all platforms during Spring 2021.

The demo is available to download now, exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Second reveal trailer

On September 16, 2020, a second trailer dropped for the next entry in the series, showing us more of the dim, Gothic-looking setting of Village. Over these images, an old woman with a harrowing laugh states that “in life and in death, we give glory. The bell tolls for us all. They’re coming again”.

We get treated to more stunning visuals through the perspective of the player-character, Ethan. We see some terrifying shots of new enemy-types; something that will make for a truly terrifying experience.

We get a look at a story told by Mia, Ethan’s partner from Resident Evil: Biohazard. At the end of the trailer, a gentleman with a cigar says to the player, “If it’s just looking, window shop away.” It’ll be interesting to see how this all further ties into the world of Village upon release.

Story and screenshot leaks

Over the weekend, Sony suffered an incredible blow to their upcoming game when details concerning the game were leaked. Screenshots, story details, and marketing plans were all part of the unfortunate leak, now making it much harder for those that want to go into the game blind.

These leaks are probably due to the recent Capcom ransomware leak that occurred, allowing people to get hold of developer builds of the game.

Release date

With Capcom’s Resident Evil showcase event hosted on January 21, 2020, a release date of May 7th, 2021 was finally revealed to fans.

Releasing on PC, PS5, and the Xbox Series consoles, it was also revealed that they will release on old-gens, too. The PS4 version is also able to be upgraded, for free to the digital PS5 version, with the Xbox One edition giving access to the game on next-gen via Smart Delivery.

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With so many options to choose from, RE8 has an edition for everyone.

Pre-order editions

  • Deluxe Edition, Trauma Pack – includes a whole host of goodies such as Safe Room Music, Mr. Everywhere, Max Difficulty, Save Device, Albert01 Chris, Found Footage RE7 Filter, and The Tragedy of Ethan Winters.
  • Collector’s Edition – including all of the Deluxe Edition content, players will also receive a Chris Redfield figure, an artbook, SteelBook, a collector’s box, and a poster featuring the map of Village.
  • Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard bundle – includes access to both games, giving you a fuller experience across all of Ethan Winters’s story.
  • Pre-order bonuses – any of the above editions will also include extras such as a Mr. Raccoon weapon charm, and a survival resource pack for use in-game. PlayStation store digital pre-orders will also receive an exclusive Resident Evil Village mini soundtrack.

To be further updated on all info regarding the release of Village, make sure to stay tuned right here at Dexerto.