We’re going to see a new PlayStation soon. We don’t know whether it will be called PS5 of something else, but we know that the gaming console has been confirmed by Mark Cerny, who is the key architect of the next generation of the console. The current PS4 consoles (PS4 and PS4 pro) are officially about to reach the end of their cycle according to Sony, so gamers are definitely looking to the future, that is PS5.
We all love product leaks that spice up our curiosity and build the suspense in order to drive the fans impatient. We are aware of the rumors, wish lists and leaked renders in the run up to the reveal of the console. So, here is everything we want to see from the PlayStation 5 based on Cerny’s interview along with the stand-out feature when it finally reaches the stores.
Specs and Games
The PS5 is said to have a bespoke 8-core AMD chipset based on third generation Ryzen architecture, with a GPU taking the best bits of the Radeon Navi GPU family; a built-for-purpose SSD storage system; 3D audio; backwards compatibility with PS4 games and PSVR hardware; 8K TV support. It’s all been revealed by PlayStation top-dog Mark Cerny, the man behind the construction of the PS4, and now in charge of the next-gen console’s development. While the look of the console remains a mystery, it internals are coming into focus, and they’re very promising. That AMD one-two-punch of CPU and GPU unlocks the powers of ray tracing an advanced lighting technique that can bring next-level immersion to gaming visuals. It’s a Hollywood technique that’s used in big-budget CGI spectacles, putting into context the level of visual fidelity you can expect.
With 8K TV support comes far more detailed textures, and much larger ones at that. The news of a bespoke SSD drive will be heartening then – just because the games will be becoming more complex, that doesn’t mean they’ll be slower to load too. It’s estimated that the new SSD is 19 times faster than traditional SSD storage methods. Audio will reach a new “gold standard” on PS5 too, according to Cerny, thanks to a new audio engine that will deliver immersive sound – particularly if you’re using headphones. While the details remain unclear, expect something resembling the experience seen with a Dolby Atmos set-up.
Sony remains tight-lipped about some specific plans for the PS5: the PlayStation 5 release date remains a mystery, for instance. 2019 has been ruled out, but it will definitely be revealed in the coming months, thanks to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s President and CEO Shawn Layden confirming as much in an interview with Golem.de. In addition, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida had also previously confirmed the company is working on a next-generation console in an interview with the Financial Times. It’s been four years in the making already. Back in May, Sony Interactive CEO John Kodera revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the PlayStation 5 would not be releasing until at least 2021. That now seems a reasonable guess, debuking a report from Ace Securities that claimed the PS5 could release as soon as Christmas 2019 – earlier than the Xbox Two.
One such rumor is that the PS5 could be backwards compatible with the PS4, PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation, meaning its games library could stretch right back to the glory days of the mid 90s. The PS4 element of that rumor is now confirmed, as well as PSVR support. The rest of Sony’s vintage catalogue? That remains to be seen.
Release Date and Expected Price
Loyal PlayStation gamers eagerly waiting for price and release date details about the PS5 just got a truly excellent piece of news. The PlayStation 5 is expected to cost a very affordable $499 and will launch in November 2020. Well, that’s if respected Sony analyst Hideki Yasuda’s latest comments are accurate, with the commentator revealing his informed expectations in his latest quarterly analysis report for Ace Research Institute.