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Devs speak: How PS5 console’s ultra-high speed SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine will enhance the future of gaming

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Devs speak: How PS5 console’s ultra-high speed SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine will enhance the future of gaming

Devs share initial thoughts on two distinguishing PS5 console features.

With PlayStation 5, our goal is to put the player at the heart of the gaming experience. From the DualSense wireless controller’s adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, to the ultra-high speed SSD, to the immersion felt with Tempest 3D AudioTech engine, we want players to lose themselves in every PS5 game.

To provide in-game examples of these benefits, we asked developers around the world to share their thoughts on how the PS5 console’s ultra-high speed SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine will shape the future of gaming. You can see some of the games that will leverage these features in our latest video:

Devs speak: How PS5 console’s ultra-high speed SSD and Tempest 3D AudioTech engine will enhance the future of gaming

Read on, and leave your comments below!

Beyond near-instant loading and fast-travel, the SSD and its speed allow us to more quickly load and display more detailed assets. This should lead to the city looking better than ever, and this is just the beginning for our team unlocking those possibilities. It’s a fundamental change that we can’t wait to take more advantage of in the years to come.”— Brian Horton // Creative Director, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

As developers [of Demon’s Souls], we are already changing the way we think about the SSD. We see it not just as storage but also memory, utilizing the speed of the SSD to load data at blistering speeds, bringing you straight back into the action to avenge your many deaths.”— Gavin Moore // Creative Director, SIE Japan Studio

Hitman 3 pushes you to explore and experiment in huge sandbox locations – and being able to save/load frequently is key to that. The blitz-fast load times we are seeing on the PS5 console encourages [player] experimentation more than ever.”— Mattias Engström // Game Director, Hitman 3

The SSD is a gamechanger, I think as this generation matures we will see some amazing innovation in streaming and open-world game design.”— Neil Hill // Lead Programmer, Far Cry 6

A bit further into the next generation I’m expecting we’ll start seeing developers make more use of the not-so-obvious benefits of the SSD. This is what excites me the most! What does it mean for developers when everything can be loaded from the disk that fast? Will we even need the concept of “levels” anymore?…. The possibilities for this tech are exciting for me as a developer, and exhilarating for me as a gamer.”— Ari Arnbjörnsson // Lead Programmer, Returnal

Hopefully players were able to see the new extended gameplay demo we recently revealed for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.The SSD and custom I/O architecture around it allows us to send players across dimensions with near-instant speed. It fundamentally changes the rules and allows us to think about ideas and game designs that are only possible on PS5.”– Marcus Smith // Creative Director, Insomniac Games

Tempest 3D AudioTech Engine

PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech engine is designed to provide highly accurate audio positioning, which could spell a major leap forward for gaming immersion. Developers across the globe are already putting the Tempest 3D AudioTech engine to good use, and below, they’re sharing some of their plans (and hopes) for the feature:

3D Audio is exciting because it can create a more convincing and accurate soundscape for players, and a stronger sense of place.… in a fast-paced action game with lots of verticality like Returnal, it can also help with the player’s situational awareness, and make it more intuitive for players to pinpoint the locations of nearby enemies or incoming projectiles in the heat of combat.”— Harry Krueger //  Game Director, Returnal

The ability to layer the music even more deeply with dozens of different states reacting to areas and enemy levels make for an environment that’s even more lush and mesmerizing. The players can use these cues to prepare accordingly in the hopes that they might live another day.”— Julian Maroda // Creative Director and CEO, Norsfell

Now with the PS5 console’s Tempest 3D AudioTech sound engine we’ll be able to play sounds in such a way that players will be able to locate the machines around them with greater ease, which is great for situations in which you find yourself surrounded or just want to sneak on machines.”— Mathijs de Jonge // Game Director, Guerrilla

Audio is a key feature to really push the next-gen experience with PS5. It’s almost as if 3D Audiotech was made specifically with horror games in mind. It used to be that in order to get that spatial audio, players would have to invest a lot of their own time and money. Now, just putting on a headset, they can get a full 3D audio experience.”— Jun Takeuchi // Executive Producer for Resident Evil Village

Our game worlds have been 3D for generations now, but for audio we typically have been limited to 2D surround sound. When Iron Man is destroying a turret positioned above you, or Hulk roars as he takes on the enemies below you, you want to hear the sound coming from those directions. We can just take the actual positions of the audio and ensure we get them to the PS5 3D Audiotech engine and significantly improve your sense of being in the world. And all that is just with your headphones, without needing complex surround stereo systems.”— Jurjen Katsman // Studio Head at Nixxes, developers for Marvel’s Avengers

For more on the DualSense wireless controller’s native features, check out this prior post.

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  • It’s strange to me that PS seems to be running scared with its marketing, when they probably already still have the lead for the start of this generation? How about you just be good to your current audience? – Not locking out DS4 owns just because, and at least the reasonable BC (PS2/PS1).

  • Sony we need to release PS5 now this week or this month because the world is changing fast. Awesome job for no backward compatibility saving devs from additional work stress but rather utilize time, energy on PS5 SSD and next gen games. We got no time to play 100-1000 old games. We rather see old games remastered like demon soul as example than stretching an old game graphics to 4k tv. Put these old passion gamers to ps now so they can go backward gaming in time while we next gen this super power PS5. Lets go Blast the past and next gen will pass. Tired of waiting. Forget PC and Xbox and presentation lets go next gen now this week. Get black myth wu kun, free UE5 tech game demo playable on PS5, start a world internet with amazon and skylink, we need Sony brand 8k gaming monitor, and release different colors PS5 body plates and controller. Time to play for PlayStation is the station to play. I want to play Death Stranding again this time on PS5, Ghost of Tsushima, Risk of Rain 3, Battlefield 6 and bad company 3, new Skyrim , monsters hunter, destiny, and Atari with Tetris and free balloons with PS5 t-shirt. We are hyped to taste this next gen now and more exclusive Quality games not streaming blur games. I want my physical disc collection games to feel. Release the Kraken…….lol

  • Hmm I don’t know and can’t imagine how good and fast this kind of SSD will run , but I think especially for multiplayer games this won’t really be a +point because if you got a bad/slow internet connection the ssd won’t bring you faster into the game I guess ?

  • That’s cool and all, but a platform without exclusives is nothing. The best thing to do is buy a PC to enjoy all the PC games that will never reach consoles, plus Microsoft games and now Playstation titles.
    Can’t trust anymore Playstation with exclusives, everything is reaching PC. Funny how many PC games are not available on Playstation.
    LOL, great way to promote your own device Sony.

  • I hope we Have comfortable controllers do that my fingers want cramp .

  • I Love Sony . God bless everyone Thanks So much .

  • Finally the next generation, Hope We will play the best PS4 BD game on IT, so its good to have native SSD thx

  • When can we buy the ps5?

  • We get it already. Tell us something we don’t know like the release date, more info on bc or the ui.

  • Will it be available in Nigeria

  • It’s hard for me to play. Pls we need gamestop in Nigeria even if it’s only one

  • Cannot wait to get this thing!!! Does anyone know when they will start sending out invites for pre-orders, for the people that registered last week ?

  • Back compatibility does not bother me
    What’s better are the games yet to come
    I can’t wait for ps5

  • 3D Audio! The first thing that come to me is back in the day SOCOM Confrontation (PS3) audio it was so good, so immersive. I can only imagine two generations after how far the technology is going to take us. I have to admit that audio is the first thing that I focus when I play a new game.

    I’m ready for PS5

  • Well, the Tempest 3D Audio engine sounds great for headphone users. While I do use my headphones for online play with my friends, I usually prefer to use my home theater system. Will the advancements in 3D audio translate well for home theater systems?

  • Since there’s going to be an all digital version of the PS5, it would only make sense to me if developers offered the digital version of a game at a discount rather than the standard $70 everyone is talking about. I feel this should be something happening moving forward because if a person were to buy the digital version, they’re not getting any kind of artwork, case or disc and there’s no resell value to a digital version of the game. I feel that it would be fair to price digital versions of games at $50 and the developer should by all means still make profit from it, because there’s really no overhead prices for shipping or distribution other than digital marketing.

  • Will the Tempest 3D AudioTech be able to pass positional audio with accuracy to surround sound speakers via home theater receivers? I have an Onkyo 9.2 system with overhead speakers. While I may be limited from hearing sounds below me, should I hear everything else just fine or will my receiver be able to translate to either the supported Dolby or DTS format? I don’t always want to wear headphones.

  • Uhhh… I find it presumptuous that Gavin Moore thinks I will be avenging any deaths in Demon’s Souls. Looking forward to a lawsuit 🤓

  • How they bring SOCOM back to playstation Our Socom Remastered community would really appreciate it. 😁 Anybody who wants socom back comment r like. Let’s try again to get it back

  • im pre-ordering a ps5 with disk drive as soon as I can in canada

  • Hey PlayStation,

    I didn’t get the free cash y’all gave out, and I’m not mad at all. But, when y’all decide who gets a ps5 preorder pleassssssse let me be one of those people!! Thank you

  • Not buying/pre-ordering until Sony confirms 3D Audio can play through my 11 channel Dolby Atmos speaker setup, then I’ll buy one. If it limits us to play through headphones I’ll pass until it’s fixed. PS4 launched lacking audio features the PS3 had. Are they gonna repeat history?

    • lordwoodbury, I see you and I are thinking the same thing. I did just find this on the playstation.com info page for the PS5 – ”
      Tempest 3D AudioTech

      Immerse yourself in soundscapes where it feels as if the sound comes from every direction. Through your headphones or TV speakers your surroundings truly come alive with Tempest 3D AudioTech in supported games.”. Here’s hoping the mention of TV speakers translates to receiver/surround speakers because I can’t imagine their 3D AudioTech working through just actual, tinny TV speakers.

  • This is all good stuff i’m sure and to be fair, we’re asking 2 questions. 1)Will games be good on it -that appears to be a yes.
    2) How much it’s going to cost?

  • Will the PS5 controller work with the PS4 and PS3? And will the PS4 controller work with the PS5? If the PS4 controller works with the PS5 that would mean it works with PS3, PS4 and PS5. So I would hope the PS5 could do the same.

  • Are you going to charge extra for PS4 games I already own to work on PS5? I seen Madden 21 is charging more to work on both.. That’s really not making me want to buy a PS5. I hope you put a end to that.

  • When can we expect Spider-Man Miles Morales Extended Gameplay Trailer

  • will ps4 external hard drive work with ps5?

  • I’m interested in the Tempest 3D Audio Tech but it doesn’t sound like developers are utilizing it yet outside of headphones.

  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver :)

  • cant wait for the ps5 hope pre orders aee soon

    • What’s everybody getting at launch???
      – Im getting The digital version, imma fight for it 😂
      – Then an extra controller
      – The charging station
      – The remote control ; It’ll be very useful
      – and the standard vertical stand

      Comment what you’re getting :)

  • PS5 price and release date. This is what we are ALL waiting for. What’s the problem? PS4 price reveal = JUNE. PS5 price reveal? ITS SEPTEMBER ALREADY!

  • I want to see how Nvidia rxt 3070,80,90 bottleneck and ssd style copied from PS5 by Mark Cerny resolving bottleneck.
    PC celebrating already when PS5 Pro is also around the corner. PS5 made high end PC Card cheaper . PS5 can fully backward compatible all the way to PS1 but it will cost Sony and devs money,time,energy to create new next gen games for us. Let’s move forward to future and beyond and fully drive all these so called next gen high tech revolution, evolution, next gen. PS5 got the best of the best tech from ssd, new vision of controller, 3D audio, DLSS running 2k better and clear than native 4k, less game memory soon, less watts on your electricity bill compare pc 500-1000 watts, and most of all games will be developed base on PS5. Which mean games on pc, Xbox s x will be on par or slight different with PS5 . Maybe we don’t need PS PRO because Cerny said we can replace the PCie of PS5 if available to match PS5 tech.

  • To me, Holiday 2020 means, December, i.e – Christmas.
    I can wait.
    However, i do think it will cost more than what everyone is thinking, due to the expensive tech thats in it.
    I will still get it and wait.
    Also, I was considering why SONY is being very limited on its released info about it, Maybe there is something they are keeping back as a Surprise?,
    And why is it so Large?, Thats when i remembered all the Extra box’s and cables involved with the PSVR. Could they have built it into it, so all you need is to plug in the Headset?, is this why there are no pictures of the rear of the unit?.
    I bloody well hope so, that would be Amazing!

  • I love it, can’t wait for the launch ! I just wanna know the price to be able to anticipate my spending 😕

  • When I can preorder my ps5

    • I just realized
      PS5 is like Superman- Blue, powerful, and fast .

      Xbox is green kryptonite ,Lex Luthor , Microsoft’s with lots of money .

      Anyway Power is nothing if you can’t use it. Tower power still no games showing 12 flops. Sony got bugsnax and goodbye volcano high next gen game 4k-8k @ 30-120fps on 120hz 4k tv.

  • PS5 cost is irrelevant! Gamers with money will buy this like hot cakes even if the cost $700. The tech on PS5 that made
    Nvidia releasing RTX 3000 series for a cheap price so pc gamers will not migrate to PS5 is so advanced with revolutionary ssd and io around it. What I want from Sony is games like UE5 tech demo gameplay becomes reality to shut some people’s mouth or Surprise gamers, Black Myth wu kun by UE4 China, and more high end next gen games blasting fully the PS5 power and speed.

    I bought PS3 At launch date and did midnight line up and I’ll buy PS5 right now at $700 just because of custom ssd, io, new controller style and tech effect, 3D audio tempest, superior quality games and AAA games exclusive then port to PC after, physical Disc Blu-ray collection.

    PS5 Limited edition right now would be awesome. PS5 is a Hot hot cake right now and we gamers can’t wait anymore . Sony please release more exciting games to watch or let us play the UE5 tech demo for fun.

  • That all sounds super great but when can we expect to get Black Ops 2 on the PlayStation? Why does it seem like playstation has a problem when it comes to cross compatibility?

  • I find it disappointing that a new console is about to hit the market but no one has addressed the controller issue. As a left handed person I have difficulty using the controller and when I tried to change the settings to lefty the buttons can’t be switched so it still doesn’t feel right for me. Also we are only using our thumbs and four of our fingers which doesn’t utilize all our fingers. I believe a spherical/ball shaped or a log shaped controller with buttons for each finger or something like that would open up our gaming experience so much. Especially if all the buttons were interchangeable. That would be good for right and left handed players. Imagine adding multiple buttons for each finger….too much?

  • The ps5 is very attractive with the newly developed Tempest 3D audio technology, in addition to the pactic feedback and adaptive trigger.
    I’m really looking forward to experiencing new technologies and new games that ps5 couldn’t achieve with ps4 within the next three months!
    I’m looking forward to the detailed explanation of ps5 that will be announced in the future, and the exciting introductory video.

  • Sony credit card 0% interest 1-2years program would be awesome for gamers so we can shop more directly from Sony store.

    I love the PS5 new innovation SSD tech no PC to date that I know can match, style, controller advanced features and future parts swap.
    Make a PS5 or PRO Limited Edition collector version at launch Sony! With T-shirt, and some tiny collector things. Gamers will pay $700 up for this for I know I will.

    I’ll buy PS5 @ $700 on first preorder date group because of the SSD unmatched speed and the new high end controller , advanced audio 3D anytime over phones, or PC high tech parts because of what the Sony SSD speed can do on bottlenecking problem on any situation between gpu, cpu, ram, io, watts power, cooling system, devs problem situation that even PC / high t flops will choke , popping, tearing, jitter jutted, and FPS game play or graphics option gamers nightmare. We should have everything since this is the real next gen without a problem.

    PS5 custom SSD will change our gaming forever and PC will follow this new discovery SSD formula of Sony and Mark Cerny or PC will be left behind still picking between FPS or graphics, or maxing all up vs watts power. Because of this new console architecture with DLSS and variable frequency might also save electricity watts power and overheating while playing max, pushing gpu,cpu,ram,ssd,etc to the max without overheating and loud fan sound.

    I’ll play 2k 1440p @ 30-120 FPS with DLSS tech over native 4k @ 60fps anytime just because of Unreal Engine 5 tech demo gameplay running 1440p@30fps is so dead gorgeous next gen looking and black myth demo UE4 China is sick. Rachet, Kena, GT7, Spider-Man,Stray, Project Athia, next gen looking. goodbye volcano high and bugsnax can really see PS5 humbleness power. Death stranding, ghost Tsushima, and more AAA games dead gorgeous on PS4 pro only 4 t flops . PS5 hot cake coming up.

    Keep on keeping up Sony and thanks for x900h tv matching PS4-5. Hype, excitement, unboxing soon, waiting drool is cool.

  • I would love to a Flight simulator with battles from history. Maybe, fromWW1, WW2, Korean, Vietnam to present and see how well you could do.

  • Sony don’t you dare undercut PS5 right now.

    PS5 is way hot cake than Xbox series s/x , AMD gpu latest , Nvidia 3000 series.

    First PS5 release group should be $600-700 then just lower your price on second release group and undercut is easy.

    Let the first people pay higher price for we are willing to pay this tech.

    It’s better high price then undercut than undercut and raise the price.

    PS5 is beyond hot because it’s limited amount.

    Don’t forget to make your credit card like loan 0% for 1-2 years for gamers to shop more. This is how I buy at bestbuy.

  • Trophy notifaction could do with a unique change, like a 3D effect/animation. Something to consider but not important.

  • It’d be great if sony handed out some of those wireless headsets to various youtubers, so we can get an idea about them, their quality etc and decide if we want to purchase.

  • I hope ps5 comes out soon. I so really need one.

  • Exactly how will the 3D audio work for the headset? Will it be like the Headset Companion App and we have to load a profile in for games that support it or will it be automatic like Dolby Atmos (if it supports it it plays if not it’s standard.)

  • hopefully it won’t drive up the cost of future gaming…

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