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Revealed: What we can expect from Playstation 5

Sony have released some of the early details about the eagerly anticipated Playstation 5 console, which is set to include "backwards compatibility" and "8K graphics".

Sony's lead system architect Mark Cerny told Wired magazine that the long-awaited console, which has unofficially been called PS5, will not be released this year.

He said users can expect "dramatically different" 3D audio on the console, and that it will feature support for 8K graphics through the use of "ray-tracing technology" – a complex lighting technique.

Image: The Playstation 4 was released in 2013

Rumours had previously swirled online that the next Playstation would not have a disc drive and be a "digital-only" console.

However, Mr Cerny rebuked that, saying the new system will be "based in part on the PS4's architecture", which means it will have "backwards compatibility" and players will be able to play their old games on the newest systems.

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The new Playstation has been in development for more than four years and Sony is already working with studios to bring games to the new console.

The new console will offer 8K graphics
Image: The new console will offer 8K graphics

Mr Cerny did admit it was unclear to what extent the console will have cloud-gaming functionality, saying: "We are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision should become clear as we head towards launch."

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It was also revealed that loading times on the new system will also massively decrease.

Developers tested loading times using the 2018 game Spider-Man, and the next-gen console loaded the game in 0.8 seconds, compared to the 15 seconds it took on the Playstation 4 Pro.

The first Playstation console was released in 1994 in Japan
Image: The first Playstation console was released in 1994 in Japan

The Playstation 4 was a huge success story for Sony, who have shifted nearly 92 million units since its release in 2013.

Over Christmas 2018 alone, the Japanese tech firm sold 5.6 million consoles, and more than 50 million games.

More than 876 million games have been sold globally since the inception of the console six years ago.

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