Sony Says PS5’s Ray-Tracing Is The Real Deal

Sony has formally confirmed the PlayStation 5 is coming subsequent yr, in time for the vacation season. But alongside the large announcement got here some extra nitty-gritty particulars concerning the PS5 {hardware} options, together with a clarification of an vital level for its visible chops.

In its preliminary debut, {hardware} architect Mark Cerny confirmed the PS5 will assist ray-tracing, a characteristic that enables for advanced mild and sound results to be rendered in a 3D area. But his ambiguous phrasing left some speculating that it was a software-level imitation. With this announcement, Cerny has taken the chance to place that concern to mattress.

“There is ray-tracing acceleration in the GPU hardware,” Cerny informed Wired, “which I believe is the statement that people were looking for.”

At least one developer spoke on the document as effectively, increasing on the sorts of particular results that the PS5 GPU permits, and the way the facility of the brand new GPU usually helps allow new alternatives for builders.

“I could be really specific and talk about experimenting with ambient occlusion techniques, or the examination of ray-traced shadows,” stated EA chief studio officer Laura Miele, chief studio officer for EA. “More generally, we’re seeing the GPU be able to power machine learning for all sorts of really interesting advancements in the gameplay and other tools.”

Another developer who could also be profiting from ray-tracing options is Bluepoint Games, the studio behind remasters like Shadow of the Colossus. That studio says it is at work on one thing “big” for PS5. The announcement additionally gave extra particulars on the PS5 controller, which is able to characteristic haptic suggestions and adaptive triggers.

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