Key PS5 features finally confirmed by GameStop

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Another day, another call for an official PS5 announcement. Now that its arch-rival, the Xbox Series X, has been unveiled both internally and externally, the PS5 needs to bring something to the table. The Xbox Series X is promising 12 Teraflops of graphical power, incredible ray tracing and backwards compatibility with previous generations. 

Can Sony compete? We do know some of the PS5's capabilities thanks to tidbits dropped in interviews by PS5 architect Mark Cerny and games developers like Ubisoft, with intriguing hints dropped suggesting the PS5 is a match for the Xbox Series X in the technical states. Now, thanks to GameStop, another big piece of the puzzle just fell into place. 

The retailer has unveiled its PS5 registration page. That's not the link to pre-order the console (we're not expecting pre-orders to open until the console is unveiled in March) but simply to receive notifications on when the PS5 will become available for pre-order. 

On the signup page, GameStop states the following: 

"While the world eagerly awaits to get a look at the PlayStation 5 hardware, Sony has revealed what’s under the hood, and there’s no shortage of horsepower:

  • Full 8K TV support
  • Bespoke 8-core AMD chipset
  • 3D Audio
  • Built-for-purpose SSD storage
  • Backwards compatibility with PS4 games/PSVR hardware
  • Ray tracing capabilities

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This is great news. Although much of what we already know from an interview Mark Cerny gave to Wired back in April of last year, this marks the first time all this information has been officially released and collected all in one place for potential buyers.

The prominent mention of backwards compatibility is particularly encouraging: as Microsoft makes a big drive to lock in gamers for generations with its pledge to honour purchases across multiple platforms, PS5 is taking steps to move in the same direction. 

Although PS4 games will be playable on the console, there's no word on whether the previous generation's games will be playable, or whether Sony will create a similar money-saving initiative to Microsoft's "smart delivery". That sort of info, we're guessing, will be saved for a PS5 reveal event - if it's coming at all. If not, the PS5 could have handed the Xbox Series X a huge edge. 


Xbox Series X Specs

Can the PS5 stack up against its rival, the Xbox Series X? (Image credit: Microsoft)

Other features formally confirmed are the ray tracing and 8K graphical capabilities of the console, and the much-touted "3D audio". Cerny expressed disappointment that advances in audio had not kept up with graphics, and promised to rectify that in the coming generation. 3D audio ensures sound appears not only from around you, as in surround sound, but from above and below too. 

 All in all, it's good to get all the information in an easily-digestible package, similar to the blog post released by Microsoft earlier this week. Now, all we need is for Sony to reveal the damn console, and we'll be happy...

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Matt Evans currently writes about health and fitness for Fit & Well, focusing on exercise and nutrition. Prior to that, he was a writer and editor at Tom's Guide, covering gaming, wearables, and phones. His work has also appeared on MSN, The Daily Mirror, Bandcamp Daily, Birmingham Business Journal, and more.

  • MSFinesse
    Yea but that at a hardware level meaning not native upgrades at a software level. And Xbox had it since day 1 so 🤷🏾‍♂️. Also, I could of sworn PS fanboys didn't care about old games? 🤔
  • Freqmode
    We already knew all of this. And if the ps5 didn't have backwards compatibility they'd be F'd. We knew BC with ps4 would be there, ps3 bc is where I'll be impressed if they manage it. Btw I thought Sony fans did care About BC cause "it's just old games, who wants to play old games on your new console" . MS/Xbox is so far out ahead of Sony/PlayStation in terms of new ideas, features and business direction.
  • HighlandRocket
    Does it come with a feature that can save Gamestop from bankruptcy?
  • Kontage
    HighlandRocket said:
    Does it come with a feature that can save Gamestop from bankruptcy?
    Only if the PS5 didn't come with a hard drive or a way to download games.
  • Turkey.co80
    Somehow it doesn't seem like this article has the facts.