4A Games’ chief tech guru has implied that the PlayStation 5 has some kind of unannounced new ability, as hinted at previously by Sony.
It’s getting on for a year now since Sony first announced the PlayStation 5, and yet still we know virtually nothing of importance about the console.
What everyone’s really waiting for is for Sony to offer a proper reveal of the console and its games, but they’ve given no hint as to when that might happen and their plans to do so may already have had to change due to the coronavirus outbreak.
There’s still no real clue about any of the Sony-made games that will be released for the PlayStation 5, but both Sony, and now a third party developer, have hinted that the console itself may have hidden secrets of its own.
Back in early January, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan made the following, intriguing comment: ‘There are still more unique elements for PlayStation 5 to come that separate it from previous consoles. The ‘bigger differences’ have yet to be announced.’
Especially as it came from Sony, that could mean anything, but now Metro Redux developer 4A Games has also hinted at important, unannounced features.
Talking to Digital Foundry, chief technical officer Oles Shishkovstov was asked about confirmed features such as the fast-loading of the SSD (solid-state drive) but answered instead that he was, ‘more excited for not yet publicly revealed things’.
Shishkovstov gave no hint as to what he was thinking of and it’s not clear if he’s talking about a component, a feature of something like the controller, or a new software ability.
He does talk a lot about ray-tracing though, stating that, ‘We are fully into ray-tracing, dropping old school techniques completely’.
‘We experimented a lot, and with spectacular results so far’, he adds. ‘You will need to wait to see what we implement into our future projects.’
Shishkovstov could be talking about something different than Ryan originally was, especially as his comment seems to be about the next gen consoles generally and not the PlayStation 5 specifically. But if that’s the case why would Microsoft and Sony both want to keep the same thing secret?
The truth is we’ll just have to wait and see, with currently no clue as to when either new console will be discussed again in detail – even though they’re both supposed to be out this Christmas.
As for 4A Games, series creator Dmitry Glukhovsky recently announced that there would be a new game, presumably to be developed by 4A – so it’s likely to be work on that, or possibly a next gen remaster of Metro Exodus, that Shishkovstov is referencing.
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