PlayStation 5: Price, release date, specs and everything you want to know
By Linky Johnson 2019-04-27 14089 0
The PlayStation 5 is in the planning stage
Although Sony hasn't made a proper announcement on PlayStation 5 yet, more and more rumors of a release in spring 2020 are intensified. Generally, not too much information about the next-gen console is known. Sony is shrouded in silence with information about the new PS5 hardware.
She's already five years old, the PlayStation 4. Since then, there has been an upgrade with the PS4 1TB and the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro. However, the PS4 Pro cannot be described as a completely new console.
Just days ago, Kenichiro Yoshida, the head of Sony, indirectly confirmed in an interview that the new console was in the works. He seemingly no longer perceives the PS4 as sufficient for the future.
"At this point, I can say that next-generation hardware is needed."
Power: 4K and 60 FPS
While we don't know anything about actual technology specifications yet, it's obvious that the PlayStation 5 has to run on 4K and 60 FPS. These are the values that the PS4 Pro already does. However, only occasionally, both features connected are hardly achieved. A new console, on the other hand, should be able to do so. The fans and players would not accept any less, as it would mean stagnation that could be laid out as a step backwards on the part of Sony.
The processor of the PS5
On Twitter, this image was shared, which is supposed to represent a leak to the new processor of the PlayStation 5. He allegedly runs under the code name AMD Gonzalo and is arguably an APU made directly for Sony.
The term 2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9 is probably simply a cryptic compilation of letters and numbers for casual gamers. However, some information can be gleaned from this:
▪Zen processor with 8 cores and 16 threads
▪Maximum clock rate: 3.2 GHz (in comparison: PS4 Pro = 2.1 GHz)
▪Special Navi architecture by AMD as a Lite version for consoles
The pulling horse in terms of performance will be the increased clock rate, which can have more GHz than the PlayStation 4. Add to that the novel Navi system AMD works with. Then the blockbusters can actually come, right?
Release period of PS5
It has been suggested for some time that it won't be so much longer until the release of the PlayStation 5. While some self-proclaimed experts think the Xbox 2, whose project name is Xbox Scorpio, the latest hardware from Microsoft, comes before the new PlayStation, others are sure: Both have the same release year. 2019 seems overly optimistic about this, with much of the speculation running back to 2020.
The statement of AMD CEO Lisa Su, who works closely with the two companies Sony and Microsoft, would also fit in with this. It helps the two publishers make their hardware. Shortly before, she explained that AMD was currently working on technologies that were important for the future. So their projects would come out to the public in just over three years. What kind of hardware it is, it does not reveal, but it fits together with the presumed release of a new console in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The survey, which Sony has already sent out to some European accounts this year, also speaks for an early release of the new console and the extensive work currently being done on it. Readers were asked to answer some questions about their console use. Streaming opportunities were also an issue there. According to the Mail, this is done to plan the future of PlayStation.
It has also been widely shared on Twitter that the PlayStation 4 has reached its last lifecycle. There are probably three phases: The beginning, a high and the final phase, where the planning and processing of a new generation is already taking place. So far, Sony's consoles have always appeared every 6 years. So 2020 would also fit in very well.
No Sony press conference at E3
The fact that Sony takes a little time with the PlayStation 5 would also explain why the publisher completely omits the E3 2019. Unlike previous years, there is no press conference of the publisher at this year's E3.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter deals extensively with the development of Sony's upcoming console and regularly gives his opinion and latest insights on it in interviews.
He suspects that omit the E3 not only means that the new console will no longer be released this year, but Sony will also no longer have exclusive titles. Death stranding and Days Gone are well known and won't rip anyone off the chairs – there's probably much more for this generation. So in his eyes, Sony is withholding more titles to have them in the backhand for the launch of the PS5. At Nintendo, it worked to release really big AAA titles right to the launch and just months after that. That also helped the console's sales neatly on the bounce. The publisher seems to orient himself on the Japanese.
He also doubts that one of the two Next Gen consoles is waiting until 2021. No one wants to give the other the advantage of the first to bring a better model to the market and thereby to take on major disadvantages. Microsoft didn't have enough sales with the Xbox One X to compensate for that and Sony won't want to let Microsoft take the lead
Price policy and VR
In terms of price, Pachter already has an idea. For him, it seems clear that the PlayStation 5 will hit the market with a price tag of about $400. This has also cost the PS4 to be launched on the market.
Since VR technology is not yet as mature as many would like it to be, and it is also quite expensive, it does not expect a PlayStation with integrated VR technology. But he believes in a combination package of the PS5 along with a VR set for a good $600.
Cloud usage for Sony not excluded
A discussion on the possibility of cloud use on the upcoming PlayStation generation is also being speculated. Microsoft probably wants to incorporate this possibility in the successor, Sony has been less clear about it. Nevertheless, Sony CEO Masayasu has not yet made a clear repudiation.
Controller with touchscreen
Because of a patent Sony filed some time ago, the PlayStation 5 could also be a dual shock wireless controller that has a touchscreen. This would be a further development to the currently installed touchpad of the controllers. This small screen could display additional information in the game. We are thinking less of a battery display, but perhaps less of the opponent's remaining TP or other important information that sometimes doesn't find a place on the screen.
Backward compatibility possible, but not sure
It is also not known whether Sony will incorporate backward compatibility into its console. It's a hotly anticipated feature from fans and Microsoft is already doing it in their own way. But due to Sony's still good sales figures, we're not sure the publisher will offer that already for the release of the upcoming console.
However, there is no official statement from Sony yet, perhaps the publisher surprises us with this feature.
Upcoming games as a bridge between the console generations
It is thought that some games that do not currently have a fixed release date may also appear on both consoles, the PS4 and PS5. As an example, death stranding comes to mind. A title that will come Sony exclusively and is causing a lot of extra buzz just by its maker, Hideo Kojima.
We're confident that Sony will officially announce PlayStation 5 on either the PlayStation Experience or any other dedicated event in 2019. In this process, we can certainly expect tangible information. We will, of course, keep you up to date.
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