Apr 17, 10:22 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Leo Sun 04/17/19 AT 10:15 PM The first details for Sony's (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 5 were recently revealed in a Wired interview with Mark Cerny, the console's lead system architect. The upcoming console will support 8K graphics, ray tracing for real-time cinematic lighting, 3D audio, and backwards compatibility with PS4 games. It will also sport a custom SSD (solid-state drive) for faster load times.Unlike the PS4, which used a single AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) APU that merged the CPU and GPU onto a single die, the PS5 will be powered by two separate AMD chips -- an eight-core Ryzen CPU and a custom Radeon Navi GPU. Cerny didn't disclose the console's release date, but DigiTimes suggested that it would arrive in the second half of 2020.The PS5's specs weren't surprising, since every new iteration of the … [Read more...] about Sony’s PlayStation 5 Sounds Like A Big Bet Against Cloud Gaming
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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently introduced Apple Arcade, a subscription gaming service that will arrive this fall. The platform will feature a library of over 100 games, including exclusive titles from SimCity creator Will Wright and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. It will be available in over 150 countries and the games will be playable without a constant internet connection. None of the games will feature ads or microtransactions in which players pay for add-ons.Apple is helping fund development of the platform's exclusive games, which can be accessed from iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices via an iCloud account. Players can save their progress on one device and continue playing on another one if a file is backed up to the cloud. Apple hasn't announced the price yet.Apple's introduction of a subscription gaming service wasn't surprising since multiple reports earlier this year hinted at its arrival. But can the company turn Apple Arcade into a serious contender in the increasingly … [Read more...] about What’s the point of Apple Arcade?