The PS4 console generation is officially reaching its end. Confirmed back in 2018, Sony is hard at work on their next generation gaming hardware, and they’re not afraid to spill the beans. Over the past couple months, the tech company has been dishing out details on what will presumably be the PlayStation 5 (no confirmation yet) and what come’s next.
Talks of 8k graphics, SSD’s, and ray-tracing, puts a warm feeling in every gamer’s belly and excites us to see what Sony has in store for us. To dive more into the hype of next-gen gaming, we’ve gathered everything we know so far about the PS5, including rumors, hardware announcements, leaks, and plenty of hypothesis. Get your tinfoil hats ready.
With plenty of questions looming and information about the console starting to come out, here’s everything we know so far about Sony’s PlayStation 5.
A release date for the PS5 has not yet been announced. However, Sony has confirmed that their next generation console will not be coming out in 2019.
Looking back at the launch of the PS3 and PS4, which both took place in November, it’s more than likely that Sony will aim to keep that same holiday launch window with the next-gen console. Fingers crossed for a 2020 release.
As of now, there is currently no confirmed price for the PS5, but with many rumored hardware specifications already listed, many experts have calculated that the console will most likely have a price range between $399-$499.
In an interview with Wired in April, Sony’s Mark Cerny promises that the PS5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, super fast SSDs, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 games.
Cerny states that the new console will include an eight-core CPU based on AMD’s third-gen Ryzen line, built on the chip company’s latest 7nm Zen 2 process, and a custom GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi hardware – which will bring ray-tracing graphics to a video game console for the first time.
According to Cerny, the big “game-changer” of the PS5 is the replacement of a hard drive with an SSD which will expedite load time and gameplay unbelievably. During a Sony investor relations meeting on May 21, the company demoed the impressively fast SSD’s by comparing the load times between Spider-Man on PS4 and on PS5. The PS5 was drastically faster.
Sony hasn’t confirmed any titles for the next-gen system as of now, but the company has announced plenty of IPs that are currently being produced by their studios.
Kojima’s Death Stranding, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions, are three major first-party exclusives that still have no release date. Sony opting to skip out on E3 2019 suggests that the company isn’t looking to add major upcoming titles to the PS4 and are prepping for next-gen announcements.
Check out trailers for each potential PS5 exclusive game below.
The Last of Us Part II
Ghost of Tsushima
Refresh Rate & Cross-Generational Play
In an interview with CNET, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan revealed that the rumored PS5 will support 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate. The spec will provide a much smoother, responsive look on displays handling faster speeds. This will hopefully attract PC gamers looking for a high frame rate. Alongside backwards compatibility, Ryan also stated that the PS5 will have “cross-generational play,” meaning game saves will be transferable between PS4. Gamers can switch between consoles and continue their progress in the same game. The feature is designed to make the transition between console generations easier.
Mark Cerny confirmed in his interview with Wired, the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, as the two consoles will have similar internal architectures. PS4 games will also likely run faster on the new console due to the inclusion of an SSD driver over PS4’s hard drive. This is great news for Playstation fans who’ve been disappointed by the PS4’s lack of backwards compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PS1 games.
Enhanced Cloud Streaming
A big debate for next generation consoles are the inclusion of disc drives. With both Sony and Microsoft having their own digital stores, disc-based gaming is becoming obsolete. The PS5 is rumored to have one, but Sony intends to make PS5 owners consider streaming as a major option.
It plans to improve the quality and quantity of its PlayStation Now catalog alongside its streaming technology. Additionally, Sony and Microsoft recently announced their partnership to build technologies for gaming and content streaming, according to the Verge. (Fingers-crossed for next-gen crossplay at launch!)
PS5 will support PSVR, according to Cerny. “I won’t go into the details of our VR strategy beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console.” No information on whether a new PSVR device will debut with the console or not.
As more details on Sony’s Playstation 5 are announced, stay tuned in here for updates.