Technology getting more advanced these days means it is also getting outdated faster, resulting in a constant need for new and improved product versions. Both Sony and Microsoft know this very well and keep that in mind for each new videogame console they release.
Although PlayStation 4’s time is not up yet, Sony’s working hard to release the PlayStation 5 as fast as possible. Stay with us to find out when it will get released and what we know so far.
There are multiple rumors about the new PlayStation hitting the shelves in the years to come. Some think it will get released in 2021, some in 2020, while some even think that it will appear later this year.
All of these make sense since Sony is definitely waiting for its current-gen console to get old. Sony is looking to get as much time from this as possible to perfect their new gaming console. On the flipside, there was no mention of the PS5 during E3 in both 2018 and 2019, which is why people think it will get released at the end of 2019.
About the release month, everybody currently thinks that Sony will repeat its tradition and release the PS5 somewhere in November, just like it did with PS4, as there are lots of holidays during this part of the year. All things considered, the release date is likely going to be November 2020, but you can’t know for sure
It is already known that the PS5 will use AMD hardware, as its CPU is revealed to be an eight-core 7-nm AMD based on the very same microarchitecture as the new series of Ryzen processors for laptops, the Zen 2. The GPU that will be used is a Radeon Navi. It is also confirmed to support ray tracing, a more realistic lighting simulation technique that’s finally making an entrance into the world of real-time rendering.
To make things even better, AMD’s new chipset will feature a more advanced audio technology as well, which is a welcome change from the previous PlayStation generations. The PlayStation 5 will support 3D audio, but there are no further details about this thus far.
Resolution and Refresh Rate
What’s also confirmed is that the new PlayStation will be using a 4K resolution for its games as soon as it gets released. There are talks about moving to 8K as well, but don’t expect this to come right away. It will probably come a few years after this console’s release.
Also, the refresh rate will definitely amount to 120Hz, which is twice the standard TV rate. Of course, you’ll only get to experience this if you have a TV with that high a refresh rate.
The Introduction of an SSD
The PS5 will be the first PlayStation game console to include a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of the classic Hard Disk Drive (HDD). This is apparently a big thing, as it has already been confirmed that the PS5 will be three times faster than its predecessor. Besides being faster, the new console will be able to show more objects at a time and load them faster. Speaking of loading times…
Sony’s New Patents
Fighting the Loading Speeds
Sony is hard at work fighting long loading speeds, as the company seems to hate them as much as the players do. In fact, Sony’s already decreased loading times so much that they can currently be rounded up to a single second. People are even starting to hope Sony will kill loading times altogether thanks to a patent called “System and method for dynamically loading game software for smooth play.”
The patent is all about dividing map areas into segments which will then get loaded before the player character comes near. This will, in turn, help the whole gaming experience feel much smoother and hopefully completely free of loading times and loading screens.
According to another Sony’s patent, it will be completely compatible will all the previous PS games. What that means is, should this patent that goes by the number 2019-503013 become a success, you could just insert a PS1 or PS2 disk into a PS5, and the game would work great. It’s already confirmed by multiple sources that this really will become a reality.
Furthermore, the PS5 will also support cross-generational play, meaning that those who didn’t get to buy the new console yet will be able to go head-to-head with the new PlayStation owners.
Sony takes VR (Virtual Reality) support very seriously, so the PS5 will definitely support PSVR, the PlayStation’s answer to other virtual reality devices. However, not much else is known about this, as Sony is keeping quiet on purpose. What is known, though, is that the new PlayStation will definitely support the PlayStation Move controllers.
PS Now, Sony’s current streaming service, already takes about a third of the game streaming market. However, it being limited to older games means that Sony is falling behind and something has to be done about it. To up its game, Sony has, to a massive surprise, made a deal with none other than Microsoft and will use their cloud service called Azure to launch a streaming service of its own.
If this succeeds, things that have been a problem for a long time, such as piracy and the space required to hold all these games, will become a thing of the past. What still remains to be seen is the price range of this service, as well as the payment method.
Next-Gen Gaming Is Getting Closer
Based solely on what we know so far, there’s no doubt that Sony will take the gaming experience to the next level with the PlayStation 5. Some sources claim that the new Xbox will be more powerful, but that still remains to be seen, as Sony will be the one to release its next-gen console later. The retail price for these consoles, which is still unknown, might play a big part in this never-ending battle as well.
When do you think the PS5 will get released? Which of the features that have been announced has got you the most excited? Let us know in the comments below.