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Sony Announces First PlayStation 5 Details, Confirms Backwards Compatibility

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PlayStation has come out of left field by verifying copious amounts of new details about its next-generation PlayStation console.

Reported on by Wired.com and confirmed by the official PlayStation Twitter account, the information drop offers details about what the console will and will not be compatible with.

Mark Cerny is returning as lead system architect this time around and, as stated toward the beginning of the Wired article, this next hardware release is “no mere upgrade.”

Playing off of this-gen’s earliest theme, PlayStation’s next console will be backwards compatible – at least with PlayStation 4 titles.

Less of a surprise is that the console will also be compatible with PSVR hardware and games. The previous two nuggets of information are the fun pieces, but now it is time to get into the meat of the article.

What is assumed to be the PlayStation 5 will sport raytracing, 8K resolutions, and an SSD. That final piece of tech specifically allows for drastically decreased loading times. In the article, Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 is used as an example, where a loading screen that would normally take 15 seconds to load now takes less than one second thanks to the new hardware.

“The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture.”

For those who may not understand the above information, just know that this console is going to carry some serious processing strength.

3D audio is also touched on in the article, though, the author’s words better describe what can be expected on that front.

“One of the words Cerny uses to describe the audio may be a familiar to those who follow virtual reality: presence, that feeling of existing inside a simulated environment.”

In many ways, the new tech is nearly incomprehensible.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Show Unexplored Stories of Secondary Characters

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The luminary creator of the Dragon Ball manga, Akira Toriyama, shared new information about the upcoming action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

Via the Bandai Namco Twitter account, Toriyama revealed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will depict the backstories of several secondary protagonists. This means that the game will diverge from the story of the manga and give greater insight into Dragon Ball‘s many supporting characters. While a plethora of games depict the events of the Dragon Ball franchise, only a few of them meaningfully expand upon the story’s events, characters, and world.

Toriyama describes Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot as a “fresh new take on the franchise.” Even though Toriyama rarely contributes to Dragon Ball games, he did create much of the lore in the now-defunct MMO Dragon Ball Online, which heavily influenced the story of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse games. While not much information is available about Kakarot and Toriyama’s involvement at this time, the title does have an early 2020 release date and a fishing mechanic.

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