Now that we have surpassed the 5-year mark since the release of the PS4, history has taught us that it’s time to start speculating about the released of the next PlayStation console.
However, it must be mentioned that since the release of the intra-generational upgrades with the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, many have begun speculating that the age of consoles may be coming to an end, but there are still many reasons to believe that the PS5 will be released.
A Work in Progress
We may not know the official name of Sony’s next console, but we do know that they’re actively working on making it a reality. CEO Kenichiro Yoshida stated in an interview with the Financial Times that it is “necessary to have next-generation hardware”, but also confirmed that it wouldn’t be radically different from the PS4 which isn’t all that surprising considering its success.
Rumours of a Release Date
Back in May 2018, the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, John Kodera, stated that they will “use the next 3 years to prepare the next step” just after remarking that the PS4 is entering the final phase of its lifecycle. So far, we don’t have many more clues with regards to its release date, but so far we are looking at a 2021 release.
PlayStation 5 Specs
In a note written by principal programmer of Sony’s Advanced Technology Group, Simon Pilgrim, it was revealed that he was working on improving compatibility between AMD Ryzen processors and ‘Zen’ core architecture within the LLVM compiler stack – which certainly sounds a lot more complicated than gambling online casino in NZ! According to Charlie Demerjian of SemiAccurate, the PS5 will feature an 8-core Zen CPU and a GPU based on AMD’s soon-to-be-released Navi architecture.
Built with VR in Mind
As is the future of most consoles, Demerjian also remarked that the new PS5 will be built from the start with an intense focus on Virtual Reality support.
Even though VR hasn’t been as popular as analysts predicted, Sony’s headset has been one of the most successful to date and is certainly the most readily available, high-end consumer VR.
PlayStation 5 Games
Just as tight-lipped as Sony has been with regards to the release of the PS5, game developers have followed suit and aren’t revealing if they have PS5 devkits. However, a few game developers have made statements which could be seen as hints such as CD Projekt Red, the developers of The Witcher 3.
At a conference in Bergen in 2018, they stated that “rich, true-to-life visuals [are being] built on current and next-generation technology”. Surely they must be referring to new consoles, including the PS5.
Could This Be the Last PlayStation Console?
According to the CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, game streaming services will likely replace costly, traditional consoles in future and speaking to Variety he expressed that there will be “one more console generation”.
With this in mind, it’s possible that this could be the last traditional PlayStation console ever released before the majority of players opt for the streaming-only model instead.