The next console generation is officially in the near future, now that both Sony and Microsoft have begun to lift the lid on their upcoming platforms. Microsoft officially introduced the next Xbox as Project Scarlett during the press release E3 2019 with a video of developers and executives discussing the console's features and how they will give gamblers the opportunity. Sony pulled out of E3 this year, but the company revealed the first information about the next PlayStation – officially known as PlayStation 5 – in April.
The details remain scarce at this time for both Scarlett and PS5, but would be early adopters are already hungry to learn more. Here's 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 of when it could arrive. At the end of April, Sony executives said the company would not release PS5 for at least 12 months. It sets the earliest launch time in the summer of 2020.
Considering that Sony has not said much more about the system since then – and has not confirmed any games in development for it – it is difficult to imagine that the console would be ready to start a year from now. In other words, the smart money is on a debut in the fall of 2020, which would put the PS5 next to Scarlett (just like PS4 and Xbox One, launched one week apart in November 2013).
What are the PS5's hardware specifications?
Sony has not yet specified hardware specifications for the console. What we know right now is that Scarlett, PS5 will be powered by AMD technology. The core of eight cores will be based on AMD's third-generation Ryzen processors and the new 7 nm Zen 2 architecture, while the GPU will be a custom design from the company's upcoming Navi series graphics card.
The GPU will support real-time track search, an advanced rendering technology debuted on consumer-level graphics cards from the AMD competitor Nvidia 2018. But right now, Sony has not confirmed whether the PS5's GPU will offer hardware-based beam tracking features. The company currently promises that the console also supports resolutions of up to 8K and frame rates up to 120 Hz.
On the non-visual front, the PS5 includes a custom chip for 3D sound, enabling the console to deliver more submerged surround sound to both Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. It will still offer an optical drive for disc-based games. And Sony has a surprising component like PS5's biggest upgrade over current generation consoles: a solid-state device (rather than a hard drive) specifically designed for gaming, greatly reducing load times and allowing developers to create bigger and more complex game worlds.
Will PS5 be backward compatible with PS4 games?
Yes. The PS5's architecture is partly based on PS4's. So unlike the leap from PlayStation 3 to PS4, your existing games will not become obsolete when Sony launches its next console. However, it is worth noting that Sony has not yet provided any details on how the PS4 backward compatibility works or how much of the console library should be supported on the PS5.
Will PS5 support cloud games?
Unconfirmed, but it is more likely than not. In the interview interview, where Sony's Mark Cerny-leading system architect for both PS4 and PS5 revealed the first details of the next PlayStation, he did not reveal anything about the company's cloud gaming plans. He just said that "we are cloud-gaming pioneers, and our vision will be clear when we lead the launch."
An important development pointing to Sony's interest in cloud games is that the company recently signed a deal with Microsoft – yes, the Xbox manufacturer, which launches a beta of Project xCloud this fall – where the two companies agreed to "explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective gaming and content stream services. "Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform and one of the most successful business segments. Sony currently offers a streaming library of hundreds of PlayStation 2, PS3 and PS4 games via PlayStation Now, but the company is now investing even more in cloud games.
How much does PS5 cost?
Hardware makers generally avoid giving pricing details until quite late in the game, so assuming the PS5 launches in the autumn of 2020, Sony doesn't expect to announce the prize any time next year. At this point, some numbers would be purely speculation – the company can still complete the hardware, and the components will be the main factor in setting the cost of the system.
Last time, Sony took the wind from Microsoft's sails by launching PS4 to $ 399, $ 100 cheaper than the Xbox One (whose higher price tag was largely due to the inclusion of the second-generation Kinect sensor). A generation before that, the high-end Xbox 360 was $ 399 $ 100 cheaper than the low-end PS3 of $ 499. Cerny told Wired that the company is thinking of a price that will be "appealing […] in light of [the console’s] advanced feature set. "
From everything we know about Scarlett and PS5 at this time, the two consoles are the same in terms of their hardware components and capabilities. It would be fascinating to see Microsoft and Sony head to head with two consoles at exactly the same price point, wouldn't it?
What games will the PS5 launch with?
Neither Sony nor other third-party publishers have announced any games under development for the next PlayStation. It's not hard to imagine any upcoming PS4 titles – even some 2019 games like Kojima Productions & # 39; Death Stranding – will eventually be released on PS5. (It is a relatively quick and easy way to bend up a console's library early in its life during the latest recent gene releases.)
Considering Sony's large, stable internal studios, it feels strange that we only know about a couple of major PS4 projects under development: Naughty Dog & # 39; s The last of us part 2 and Sucker Punch Productions " Ghost of Tsushima. The company's other internal development groups probably work with some PS5 launch titles – perhaps Guerrilla Games with a sequel to 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn?