Following the October 8 announcement from Sony about the PS5, here's everything that we know about Sony's upcoming console; from release date and rumored price point, to speculation surrounding the hardware.
With Sony keeping their cards close to their chest with regards to the specifics on the PS5, their recent announcement and spec reveal has teased fans of the PlayStation console into wanting more.
Fans and analysts alike continue to theorize about the upcoming console, so we've rounded-up all everything we know so far about the PlayStation 5.
Sony confirm an approximate release for PS5
Thus far, Sony have only revealed that the PS5 is set to be released in the holiday season of 2020, but are yet to confirm a specific date.
Moreover, in a recent article on WIRED with Lead System Architect for Playstation, Mark Cerny, revealed that fans should not expect the next-gen console to be ready before 2020 saying: "Don't expect it anytime in 2019, but the next PlayStation console is well on its way." Given we are in October of 2019 this isn't exactly breaking news, though.
Microsoft have revealed their hand, announcing that "Project Scarlett" will release in the holidays of 2020. With Sony deciding not to host a PlayStation conference at E3 2019, those loyal to the Japanese entertainment company were left eagerly awaiting a release date to rival Microsoft's announcement, which was well received on October 8.
While the PS4 Pro gives fans a taste of what 4K gaming could be, it’s widely expected that the ability to play games in native 4K will be a basic requirement of the PlayStation 5. Reports suggest that developers may already have received developer kits from Sony, which line-up with CD Projekt Red’s claims that Cyberpunk 2077 was being developed for both current and next generation consoles.
The PS5 will likely follow in the footsteps of the PS4 by utilizing PC components to improve performance. Furthermore, there was speculation that Sony may make the leap to digital only media. Although, the aforementioned Wired article confirms that physical media will be still be accepted.
An overview of the specs are as follows:
- Backwards compatibility for PS4 games
- Supports 8K
- CPU based on AMD Ryzen, custom GPU based on AMD Radeon Navi and ray-tracing support
- SSD (17x faster load speeds showcased)
- Optical disc drive (supports 4K Blu-Ray)
- Supports PSVR & physical media.
More spec leaks
Supposed leaks have been a regular talking point when it comes to the PS5. The latest one making the rounds is what specs the PS5 dev kits are utilizing.
The source of this leak is a forum post at beyond3d. While most leaks prove not to be true, it is interesting that this form of leak was the same way the Wii U's specs got leaked. The leaked PS5 dev kit specs are as follows:
- CPU: 8Core/16Threads at 3.2Ghz (boost) Zen2
- GPU: Fully NAVI-Based GPU with some AMD's next generation arch features at 12.6tf to 14.2tf (GPU clock still undecided)
- Memory: 24GB – 20GB GDDR6 at 880Gb/s – 4GB DDR4 reserved for OS
- Type of SSD to be confirmed.
For those not in the know, these specs are considered powerful for what is expected from the eventual PS5. Experts on the forums believe these specs will result in the PS5 costing between $499 and $599.
In an interview with WIRED, Sony's Mark Cerny revealed that the PS5 controller will feature "adaptive triggers" that will offer a spectrum of different resistances.
The controller will boast haptic feedback, which will be stretch the capabilities of the next DualShock model far beyond the current iteration, with highly programmable "voice-coil actuators" located in the left and right grips of the controller.
On November 30, an image was posted on Twitter by user The Drunk Cat, which appeared to show off the PS5 dev-kit that has been circulating for months, and also features what appears to be the new controller sitting on top of it.
PS5 anyone? pic.twitter.com/cBggZTIty4
— The Drunk Cat™ (@Alcoholikaust) November 30, 2019
Rumored price point
Given the overhaul that the next-gen PlayStation is receiving in terms of its specification, a hike in price point is only natural. Of course, Sony will be mass manufacturing the more expensive components, but even still, units are hypothesized to cost around $300-$350 to produce (for a 1TB model). With that in mind, a base model could come in at a price point within the region of $500.
Nonetheless, given the recent trend of introducing a 'pro' model into the line of consoles released, it'd be logical for Sony to offer a pro model to offset the cost of a base model. Hence encouraging more casual players to commit to the basic version, while more dedicated players might be allured by investing in the pro console.
Rumors of a PS5 Pro?
The PS5 itself hasn't even been announced, yet there are rumors of a PS5 Pro releasing alongside it at launch. This would be quite the shock given it was actually Microsoft who were discussing releasing a two consoles for their ninth generation console.
Whether these rumors are true or not is something only time will reveal. Nevertheless, there is speculation Sony couldn't produce the powerful PS5 console at a low enough cost to keep the price tag under $500. This is important because there will be a lot of console gamers who just won't pay more than that $500 figure.
It appears their solution to this has been to move what was the original PS5 into the PS5 Pro and offer a less powerful iteration as the base version. The rumor suggests the PS5 Pro would sell for $100 to $150 more than the base and could be as expensive as $600/650.
Will the PlayStation 5 be backwards compatible?
As reported by Techspot, Sony have filed a patent in Japan that suggests the PS5 could let you play titles from any of Sony's previous consoles, including the original PlayStation.
The patent is for a system called "Processor ID Spoofing", and would essentially see the hardware in the PS5 interact with older games in the same way that the old hardware would have, essentially tricking the game into thinking it's being played on its native console.
While Sony have patented the technology, it doesn't guarantee that they will ever use it in a console, but with work on the PS5 well underway, it's possible that they have secured the patent ahead of a worldwide announcement.
Sony's Mark Cerny has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 next-gen console will be backwards compatible with all PS4 titles, and says that it's based on the "same architecture" as the previous console.
What's more PS4 games will be natively played but old console games, PS3, PS2 and PS1, may still only be available through the Playstation Store.
What games will be released on PS5?
Neither Sony nor any developers have officially revealed any titles that we can expect to see at the launch of the PlayStation 5, though as mentioned above CD Projekt Red did mention that they are developing Cyberpunk 2077 for current and next generation consoles.
With rumors suggesting that development kits are already out in the wild, it’s likely that games such as The Last of Us 2 will be released on both the PS4 and PS5. PS4 releases have been confirmed for both of these games.
We can be almost certain that GTA 6 will be appearing on the PS5 at some point but it has been recently speculated that it could even be exclusive for Sony's next console.
There is also speculation that Hideo Kojima's upcoming title, Death's Stranding may also be among the list of games planned to released early in the PS5's life cycle with Sony's Mark Cerny hinting towards the possibility.
Last year Microsoft acquired many new studios, these included Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, and InXile Entertainment. PlayStation boss Shawn Layden revealed Sony are open to acquiring new studios, although they're looking to have less, more polished games which suggests a quality over quantity approach.
It seems that gamers will have to wait until an undated PSX event at the earliest before we receive any official confirmation from Sony about the PS5. To keep updated with the latest PS5 news and rumors follow the Dexerto Twitter page.
Last updated 6:10 PM (EST) on October 9, 2019.