It goes like this: Sony releases a console, the first year or two is fine, but it really starts to hit its stride in year three.
By year five, we are swimming in quality games, and there are different models of the console to choose from. Over the last seven years, Sony produced the PS4, the PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro, the latter of which released at the end of November 2016. Now that we’re nearing the end of the seven-year cycle, we’re finally getting some more details about the PS5.
The PS4 Pro was a decent bridge between last-gen and the next; after only a few years in the wild, the standard PS4 had already been left lagging behind by high-spec PCs. Players needed something to show off the image quality of their 4K TVs, and the PS4 Pro acted as a mid-generational stopgap. Sony will probably want to close this gap as soon as possible with the PS5, especially now that the CEO of the company, John Kodera, is openly admitting that the console is approaching the final phase of its life cycle.
The console is still having a record-breaking run. By the end of June 2019, Sony had sold 100 million PS4 consoles and the jury is still out on whether the PS5 will ever hit such high numbers. Time flies like an arrow and it won’t be long before you’ll be able to pre-order the PS5, so let’s take a look at everything we know so far.
PS5 Release Date
The PS5 will be released in time for this Christmas and the PS5 website is now live, though there’s not much to look at right now.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida was recently asked about the possibility of the next generation of PlayStation, saying: “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”.
There’s already the hint of a new next-gen console lurking in the code of the Unreal Engine, codenamed Erebus which is likely the PS5 given its Greek codename.
Will the PS5 be shown at E3 2020?
The short answer is no, Sony will not be attending E3 this year. Sony is still leading the console race this generation, beating everyone on hardware sales and, most importantly, releasing the most exciting exclusives.
While there’s no E3 showcase to look forward to, you should still keep an eye out for smaller events, like the Experience PlayStation event, throughout the year to show off new games.
PS5 Games and Exclusives
Godfall, a fantasy “looter-slasher” developed by Counterplay Games, was confirmed at The Game Awards as the first PS5 exclusive – though you’ll also be able to play it on PC. We don’t have a release date for it yet, though it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume it’ll be dropping close to the PS5’s launch date. More recently, it was announced that People Can Fly’s sci-fi shooter Outriders will be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
According to one respected industry analyst, Sony has now shifted first-party studios to focus on the development of games for the PlayStation 5. Clearly, Sony is deep into the creation of new games for the PS5. According to that report, some unannounced games may straddle the PS4 and the PS5 to become cross-gen releases. That leaves the question of what games already announced will arrive on the PS4 and PS5, or just skip ahead to become PS5 exclusives?
It’s likely that titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding will receive a remaster of sorts when the PS5 launches. Ubisoft confirmed that Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters will all be coming to the PS5, though they may release early on the PS4 before the PS5 launches. We can also confirm that the PS5 will support 8K resolution, and will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games.
Photos of the leaked PS5 dev kit started doing the rounds back in October and it was confirmed that they were the same design feature in patents uncovered last August.
PlayStation’s lead architect Mark Cerny discussed the internal components in PS5, which will use a third-generation Ryzen CPU with eight cores, based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture.
The “Oberon” GPU is a custom chip based on Radeon’s Navi family, with support for ray tracing. If you’re looking for an explainer on ray tracing and its significance, we’ve got one for you right here. The SSD inside the console is super fast. According to Wired, it took around 0.8 seconds to fast travel in Spider-Man compared to 15 seconds on PlayStation 4 Pro.
In fact, a video showing just that SSD speed in action has leaked. Here’s a demonstration – really the first look at the PS5 in action – of PS4 game Spider-Man loading on a PlayStation 5. It’s really worth seeing to get a good idea of how much of a game-changer this is going to be.
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PS5 will support 8K resolution and will contain a disc-tray, 3D audio integration, and will be compatible with the current PSVR model. Images of the PS5’s controller have also been leaked via Reddit and the patent design for the new controller shows that Sony plans to ditch the light bar and they’ll have bigger triggers, similar to an Xbox controller. Cerny also mentions that controllers will come with improved haptic feedback that will better simulate tension, if you’re wondering how the PS5 is going to add to your immersion.
Sony launched the PS3 at $499 for the cheapest model and sales suffered as a result compared to the Xbox 360. This is a mistake Sony will not want to repeat since the money lost can easily be clawed back via online subscriptions and software sales. The PS4 and the PS4 Pro launched at $399, so expect the PS5 to be similarly priced.
CFO Hiroki Totoki revealed this month that factors out of Sony’s hand include competition with other platforms, which prevents Sony from revealing price and other plans right now, as it may want to alter some of them later.
PS5 Backwards Compatibility
Sony went all-in on its streaming subscription service PlayStation Now this generation, while Microsoft took a different tactic with the Xbox One. Particularly with the Xbox One X, backwards compatibility has been extremely popular – with the console upscaling games and making them look like they have a new lick of paint.
As we said earlier, it has now been confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games.
Changing PSN ID to be ready for PS5
You can now change that ultra edgy PSN ID to something cooler now. Be warned: if Sony deems the new ID to be offensive, it’ll be changed to a placeholder to give you the opportunity to revert back to your own one or change it to something more appropriate.
Games published after April 1, 2018, should show your newly updated name, but there’s no guarantee. You can switch back if needs must, but if you want a change before the PS5 launches, we suggest doing it soon.