"Marvel's Spider-Man" was one of the best-selling PlayStation games of 2018.

  • Sony showed off the power of its new PlayStation console with a side-by-side demonstration comparing it to the PlayStation 4 Pro.
  • The new console uses a solid state drive to drastically increase loading times, and has significantly stronger processing power than the current PlayStation models.
  • Sony has yet to specify a release date or price for their new PlayStation, but it plans to continue supporting the PlayStation 4 for at least three more years.
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Sony's next generation PlayStation console will provide a massive performance boost over the PlayStation 4, as demonstrated at a recent presentation for investors. Sony showed off the new PlayStation's strength with a side-by-side comparison to the PlayStation 4 Pro, its strongest console on the market.

The new console, which Sony has refrained from calling the PlayStation 5, was able to load a replica of Manhattan from "Marvel's Spider-Man" in less than a second, while the PlayStation 4 Pro took more than eight seconds to complete the same task. Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki shared a minute-long video of the demonstration on Twitter.

Sony's next generation PlayStation also produced sharper graphics than the PlayStation 4 Pro, and was able to maintain better visual fidelity as the game's camera zoomed through the streets of the city.

The improved graphics are credited to the new console's improved CPU and GPU, which will be capable of producing 8K resolution images with ray tracing, a new technology that creates stunning visual effects using dynamic lighting and reflections.

While Sony hasn't been shy about showing off the power of its upcoming PlayStation, it still hasn't set a timeline for the new console's release, and pricing details are still up in the air. Sony said the PlayStation 4 will remain essential to the company's plans for at least three more years, and the new PlayStation will be able to play PS4 games as well.

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