The upcoming next-generation Sony Playstation 5 will finally include a 4K blu-ray drive.
Revealed through a new exclusive report on Wired, Sony CEO Jim Ryan and system architect Mark Cerny detailed numerous inclusions for the system’s internals.
While we already know that the title will include ray-tracing support and Navi architecture, some of the finer details were left unknown. With Sony’s enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro system failing to include support for Sony’s 4K Blu-ray hardware, the chance that they would fail to include it again was still on the table.
Thankfully, Sony will be following Microsoft’s lead on the better optical format. Not only will a traditional game disc be able to hold 100GB of data as standard, but it will also be able to play 4K movies from a disc.
Microsoft has already been including 4K optical drives in their console hardware for a few years now. When the Xbox One S launched, its main appeal was its secondary purpose as the cheapest 4K BRD on the market. Xbox One X also followed suit.
With titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 coming in at close to 100GB across two discs, it’s obvious that the next-generation would need to ramp up optical storage. Thankfully, 4K drives are backward compatible with most optical disc formats: CD, DVD and Blu-ray are all supported.