There has been a lot of talk in the last few weeks regarding the next PlayStation from Sony. The company is looking at what to do with its next console and even further beyond that. On the Sony PS4 8k resolution is not impossible with the technology the company is working on.
According to the CTO of Sony’s Computer Entertainment division, Maasaki Tsuruta, the next console will have up to a ten year shelf-life while talking to E&T. The company has made the same claims about the PS3, and although is a lot longer than the market has historically seen, the PS3 could be at least seven years old before its replacement hits the market.
Tsuruta believes that the next PlayStation lifespan will depend on the costs of the consoles electronics system design. The inner workings of the PS3 that was developed with IBM and Toshiba is thought to have cost $400 million.
But its replacement will need to be much more advanced with regards to the main central processor and the graphics processor. Sony is not saying how big its budget is but some analysts believe it could be as high as $1 billion for the silicon alone. The current console is now being pushed to its limits by some of the software designed to run on it.
According to Tsuruta the company always looks at current solutions and technologies and how their lifespan can be extended. He added “You always want ‘perfect’ technologies, but there are none, so you look at what is available, and try to get as close as possible to that goal”. Some of these things that Sony may want could still be five years away according to Tsuruta.
The next PlayStation will not only have to offer a great performance straight out of the box, but will have to continue delighting users for a long while after with new options. This also means that Sony is looking to create a new console that can have new peripherals added anytime after launch.
Sony is looking to develop games that can respond to player’s emotions with controllers that have more accelerometers, and even vital sign sensors. There have even been suggestions of devices that can read gamers eye movements.
The company is not looking at 1080p resolution in the future and not even 4k, as Sony is planning to go to 8k. This is highly unlikely to come about in time for the PS4 but you never know as the company has again denied there will be any news on the console in the near future. Sony is also attempting to get the latency under 50ms for frame rates over 300fps.
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