Back in March 2018, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 4 was entering the end of its life cycle, prompting fans of the console to start pondering over the possible release of the PS5.
Sony have remained secretive about the next major console to be released by the Japanese company, refusing to be drawn on release dates or hardware specifications this early into the PlayStation 5’s development cycle.
Of course, this hasn’t stopped fans and analysts theorizing about the upcoming console, so here is everything we know so far about the PlayStation 5.
Sony have yet to announce when gamers will get their hands on the PlayStation 5, and unfortunately for fans, analysts can’t agree on a likely release date either.
In May 2018, Sony Interactive CEO John Kodera told the Wall Street Journal that the PS5 wouldn’t be appearing on shelves until at least 2021, with Sony CEO Kenichero Yoshida predicting a dip in profits in the lead up to 2021 that would likely come before the PlayStation 5’s release.
While Ace Economic Research Institute in Japan claimed that the PS5 would release in time for Christmas 2019, video games analyst Michael Pachter and Kotaku’s Jason Schreier are both of the opinion that 2020 is the most likely year for a PS5 release, with Schreier writing: “There is information about the PlayStation floating around at both first and third-party companies, but it’s far more limited than it would be if the console’s release was imminent.”
With Sony deciding not to host a PlayStation conference at E3 2019, fans will have to wait until Sony's PSX event slated for the summer for more information on a possible release date.
A new leak, the same one discussed in the PS5 "more spec leaks" section below, shares some potentially fascinating details. The leak states the PS5 will be officially revealed in a special Sony event, presumably PSX, which will take place around E3 2019. The big shock is that the leak states the release date will be Q1 or Q2 of 2020!
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 would 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. Whether the console will have a hard disc drive remains to be seen, with Sony’s decision to allow external hard drives to be used with the PS4, alongside the launch of their game streaming service PlayStation Now leading some to believe that players will be expected to stream their titles rather than own them.
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:
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.
With Sony yet to announce the console, there's no way of knowing for sure whether you'll be able to play games from older consoles on the PS5. But, as reported by Techspot, Sony recently 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 guarentee 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.
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.
Job listings at Infinity Ward, who will be releasing a Call of Duty title in 2019, stated that they are working on a "truly next-gen title", so the next Call of Duty will potentially play on both PS4 and PS5.
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 the summer at the earliest before we receive any official confirmation from Sony about the PS5, but to keep updated with video game and PS5 news follow the Dexerto Twitter page.