The next generation of consoles officially in the near future, now both Sony and Microsoft have started to lift the lid on the upcoming platform. Microsoft officially introduced the next Xbox as Project Scarlett during the E3 2019 press conference with videos of developers and executives discussing console features and how they will empower game makers. Sony dropped out of E3 this year, but the company revealed the first information about the next PlayStation – which is officially known as the PlayStation 5 – in April.
Details are still rare at this time for Scarlett and PS5, but early adopters are hungry to learn more. This is all we know about PS5.
What is the PS5 release date?
Sony has not explicitly provided a launch window for the next PlayStation, let alone a date. But we have an idea when it can arrive. At the end of April, Sony executives said that the company would not release PS5 for at least 12 months. That places the earliest launch time in summer 2020.
Considering that Sony hasn't talked much about the system since then – and hasn't confirmed any games in its development – it's hard to imagine the console will be ready to launch a year from now. In other words, smart money was on its fall 2020 debut, which will put the PS5 with Scarlett (such as PS4 and Xbox One, which was launched one week apart in November 2013).
What are the PS5 hardware specifications?
Sony has not provided hardware specifications for the console. What we know now is that like Scarlett, the PS5 will be powered by technology from AMD. The eight-core CPU will be based on AMD's third-generation Ryzen processor and the new 7 nm Zen 2 architecture, while the GPU will be a special design from the company's next line of Navi graphics cards.
The GPU will support real-time ray tracing, the latest rendering technique that debuted on consumer-level graphics cards from competitor AMD Nvidia in 2018. But now, Sony hasn't confirmed whether the PS5 GPU will offer hardware-based ray tracing features. The company currently promises that this console will also support resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 Hz.
On the non-visual front, the PS5 will contain a special chip for 3D audio, which allows the console to produce deeper surround sound à la Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. It will still offer optical drives for disk-based games. And Sony is touting the surprising component as the PS5's biggest increase in current generation consoles: solid-state drives (not hard drives) designed specifically for gaming, which will greatly reduce load time and empower developers to make bigger and more numerous complex game world.
Will the PS5 be compatible with PS4 games?
Yes. The PS5 architecture is based in part on the PS4 architecture. So it's not like a leap from PlayStation 3 to PS4, your existing games won't become obsolete when Sony launches the next console. But it should be noted that Sony hasn't provided details about how PS4 compatibility will work or how much the console library will be supported on the PS5.
Does the PS5 support cloud gaming?
Not yet confirmed, but more likely than not. In Wired's interview where Sony Mark Cerny – the main system architect for the PS4 and PS5 – revealed the first details about the next PlayStation, he did not divulge anything about the company's cloud gaming plans. He just said that "we are the pioneers of cloud-gaming, and our vision must be clear when we head for launch."
One major development that shows Sony's interest in cloud gaming is that the company recently signed an agreement with Microsoft – yes, the Xbox maker, which launched the Project xCloud beta this fall – where the two companies agreed to "explore the joint development of future cloud solutions ahead at Microsoft Azure to support game and streaming content services respectively. "Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform, and one of the most successful business segments. Sony currently offers a streaming library that contains hundreds of PlayStation 2, PS3 and PS4 games via PlayStation. Now, but companies are now investing more in the cloud gaming.
How much does the PS5 cost?
Hardware makers generally avoid giving details of prices until a little late in the game, so assuming that the PS5 will be launched in the fall of 2020, don't expect Sony to announce the price until around next year. At this point, any number will be pure speculation – the company may still complete the hardware, and the component will be the main factor in setting system costs.
Last time, Sony pulled the wind off the Microsoft screen by launching the PS4 at $ 399, $ 100 cheaper than the Xbox One (the price is higher mostly due to the inclusion of the second generation Kinect sensor). One generation earlier, the top class Xbox 360 for $ 399 was $ 100 cheaper than the lower class PS3 for $ 499. Cerny told Wired that the company was thinking of a price that would "attract […] in the light [the console’s] advanced feature set. "
From everything we know about Scarlett and PS5 at the moment, both consoles have the same position in terms of their hardware components and capabilities. It would be very interesting to see Microsoft and Sony face each other with two consoles at exactly the same price point, right?
With what games will the PS5 be launched?
Neither Sony nor any third party publisher has announced any games that are being developed for the next PlayStation. It's not hard to imagine that some upcoming PS4 titles – even some 2019 games like Kojima Productions & # 39; Death Stranding – will eventually be released on PS5. (Porting in the last-gen release is a relatively fast and easy way to add to the console library early in life.)
Considering the stability of Sony's internal studios, it feels strange that we only know about some of the main PS4 projects under development: Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 2 and Production of Sucking Blows & # 39; Tsushima ghost. Other companies' internal development teams may have worked on several PS5 launch titles – maybe Guerrilla Games with the 2017 sequel Horizon Zero Dawn?