The release of the PlayStation 5 makes absolute sense, since the life cycle of the PS4 is officially coming to an end. Sony’s successor to the PlayStation 4 is not due to Launch this year, but the company hasn’t held back much information on what we should expect from the PlayStation 5. The company has listed all the information it has revealed so far and for sure, it is going to be backwards compatible. It will be able to play PS4 games and also be compatible with the current generation of Playstation VR.
“We will leverage backwards compatibility to transition our community to the next-gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before,” the company’s presentation said at the event. So the plan for Sony is to use the PS4 to encourage early adopters. It also promises more AAA games for the Playstation 4.
PS5 confirmed specs: What is already certain
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. The Playstation 5 will also support 8k resolution, this means more detailed textures and larger textures. This has been revealed by Mark Cerny who is now in charge of the next-gen console development.
The next-gen console will also pack SSDs instead of HDDs. This makes for incredibly fast gaming speeds, load time and smooth performance. It is estimated that the new SSD is 19 times faster than the traditional HDD storage options.
Sony decided into improve the audio on the Playstation 5 too. This is possible, thanks to a new audio engine that will deliver immersive sound – especially if you are using headphones. While there are no specific details to this technology, expect something like the Dolby Atmos set up.
The Playstation 5 is will offer improved cloud gaming performance and improved graphics rendering. In a statement sent out following the presentation, Sony said the “two keywords for the future direction of PlayStation are ‘immersive’ and ‘seamless'”, with the ‘immersive’ experience “created by dramatically increased graphics rendering speeds, achieved through the employment of further improved computational power and a customized ultra-fast, broadband SSD”.
Playstation 5 release date
Sony has remained secretive about an exact release date for the Playstation 5. However, 2019 has been ruled out but the date will be revealed in the coming months, thanks to Sony’s Interactive Entertainment’s President and CEO Shawn Layden confirming it in an interview with Golem.de.
Recently Michael Pachter clarified his previous 2019/2020 claim, saying Sony will most likely release the new console in 2020. Also, the PS4 Pro will become the base model PlayStation and we will see a reduction in price.
Sony’s new CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, also recently released a three-year business plan for the company which predicted the company’s profits would dip in the run up to 2021. This is the kind of dip that may come as the PlayStation 4 reaches market saturation, before the launch of the PS5. So, I guess the timeline is 2020 – 2021.
Playstation 5 Rumors
It has been rumored that the Playstation 5 could be backwards compatible with the PS4, PS3, PS2 and PS1, meaning its games library could stretch back to the mid-90s. However, the PS4 part of the rumor is now confirmed as well as the current generation PSVR support. The rest of the vintage catalogue is yet to be confirmed by Sony.
Sony’s cloud streaming
According to a recently accepted United States Patent and Trademark Office patent (spotted Digital Trends) filed by Sony back in 2014, the company is working on a “system for combining recorded application state with application streaming interactive video output”. It is most likely that Sony is working on a streaming service that will go toe to toe with the Google Stadia, which could potentially launch with the Playstation 5.
For those wondering what that means, imagine a Netflix for gaming. You would be able to stream a game through a hosting server on any device that is connected to a fast internet (hopefully 5G), be it console, PC or mobile. So, rather than download a game, it is streamed directly to your device and you can play in real-time.
Sony points out that this method could be favorable for game developers as it is going to help curb piracy. Players will pay for this service via two possible ways. Sony would either collect subscription fees from users, then pay royalties to developers or developers themselves will collect subscription fees, then pay Sony for hosting services.
We expect Sony would implement this cloud gaming service alongside the PlayStation 5, although the company hasn’t specified if this is the case.
I scoured the internet for a few concepts of how the PS5 might look like. Note that there is no official information from Sony on what the device will look like. This are just concepts.