A PS5 announcement could be coming any day now. Here's everything we know about Sony's upcoming console and the rumors surrounding the PS5 release date.
Sony have remained fairly secretive about the next major console to be released by the Japanese company. While they have kept quiet about its release date, they did reveal some base specs for the currently unnamed console.
Fans and analysts continue to theorize 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! However, despite this revelation most believe a November 2020 release date is most likely.
Also 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 May of 2019 this is hardly surprising.
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. Furthermore, there was speculation that Sony may make the leap to digital only media. The aforementioned Wired article confirms that physical media will be still be accepted, though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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 16:40, May 16, 2019