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PS5: All the games, specs, news, and rumors for Sony’s Playstation 5

The days for the PlayStation 4 are numbered. The upcoming PlayStation 5 is expected to wow gamers with beastly graphical capability and a secret weapon that looks ahead to the rise of VR gaming. But with with the very business model that underpins console gaming under assault from ascendant game-streaming services, whether the PS 5 can recreate its predecessor’s success is an open question.

Sony estimates that it has sold 91.6 million units around the world as of December 31, 2018 with the PS4 accounting for nearly half of all consoles in use, according to a November 2018 Strategy Analytics report. The company has clearly struck a chord with gamers and the PS5 is expected to elevate the beloved console to new heights.
Plans for the PS5 have been masked in secrecy, and an exact release date, specs, and even the game titles remain unannounced. But analyst predictions, patent filings, and online job listings have painted a picture of a console that will pay homage to Sony’s past consoles while advancing the console toward greater readiness for VR gaming. The president of Sony, Kenichiro Yoshida, stated the time for this innovation is now.
“The PS4 is entering [the] final phase of its life cycle,” he said said during a 2018 corporate meeting. That essentially confirms that Sony’s next-generation hardware is in the works, but when could consumers plan to see it hit shelves?
Console cycles typically occur every five to six years before their makers move to the next generation. The PS4 and Xbox One were both major exceptions though, arriving a full seven and eight years after their predecessors, respectively. The PS4 has been around for about five years now meaning the clock is starting to wind down and a new model is beginning to take shape.
Here’s everything we know about Sony’s upcoming console, the PlayStation 5:

Play Station 5: Release Date

Sony has yet to reveal anything about when gamers should expect to see the PS5, much less when they can actually get their hands on it. One investment analyst believes the PS5 could be released between the end of 2020 and April 2021.
Another analyst, Avi Greengart, research director for consumer devices at GlobalData previously told the press he expects to see Microsoft’s new Xbox at E3 2019 in June and the PS5 not far behind.
“I’m expecting Microsoft to announce the new Xbox at E3 in 2019 but actually ship the console in 2020,” he said. “Microsoft could very well beat Sony to market in 2020 by launching the next Xbox in the Spring of 2020 rather than November, just ahead of the holidays.”
Other analysts envision a similar timeline. Hideki Yasuda, with the Ace Economic Research Institute, also believes the PS5 will launch in 2020. However, Yasuda thinks it will beat the Xbox to market.
It is still too early to say for sure when the consoles will ship, but there’s a strong analyst consensus that the consoles will be unveiled in the spring, with an official rollout coming about a year later in 2020.

Playstation 5: Price

There hasn’t been a peep about how much the PS5 will cost, either, but it will probably be priced similarly to the PS4. Back in late 2013, Sony’s current-generation console started at $399 and it’s since been dropped down to $299 by major retailers.
While the PS5 will definitely far exceed the capabilities of its predecessor, expect a $399 to $499 price range assuming Sony continues to follow their previous pricing strategy. They have good reason to say the course, as the pricing strategy around the PS4 remains wildly successful.
Sony announced that it has sold more than 91 million PS4 units worldwide since launch during its most recent earnings call.

Play Station 5: New Features

Two major features have emerged from the rumor mill so far: The PS5 will run vintage games and it will double down on virtual reality.
Intel about the PS5’s retro-features come to us thanks to a widely reported Japanese patent spotted by the tech blog Gear Nuke. It suggested that Sony’s upcoming console will be backwards compatible, allowing it to run games dating all the way back to the original PlayStation. This means users who have a stack of retro games could just pop in their old discs and bring back the nostalgia.

Sony might also use the PS5’s launch to accelerate its VR efforts, according to subscription news outlet Semi-accurate. The article states that the console will come with a VR-focused chipset making it a powerhouse for immersive gaming.

Play Station 5: Wireless VR Headset
A blueprint of a patented Sony VR headset that wirelessly lets users play immersive games

In addition to a couple under-the-hood changes, the PS5 may also launch with a secret weapon: a wireless VR headset. One of its defining features is expected to be an optimized virtual-reality experience thanks to the aforementioned chip set. Sony could leverage that to update its PS VR line for the first time since 2016.
A patent published by the Japan Patent Office on March 14 depicts a headset that users can use without having to attach it to their console. It makes use of an attachment that will transfer data between the console and a TV-mounted PS Camera using high-frequency waves.
The current PSVR was released in October 2016, only a month before the PS4 Pro. That means the PS5’s eventual showcase could very well feature the wireless headset shown in that Japanese patent.

PS5: Graphical Specs

The PS5 is expected to more than double the PS4 Pro’s graphical capacity according to estimates by one industry expert. Currently, the PS4 Pro’s graphical processing unit (GPU) is capable of 4.2 teraflops — meaning it can complete 4.2 trillion operations per second. Its successor is anticipated to be able to clock well over 10.7 teraflops.
“Word on the street is that Sony and Microsoft are aiming to be more powerful than Stadia,” Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier tells Inverse. Schreier advises gamers to take this prediction with a grain of salt, since the companies have likely not finalized their upcoming consoles’ specs. He also commented that both companies “are aiming higher than that 10.7 teraflops” in a forum thread Wednesday.
Schreier is a trusted source for industry information and correctly leaked the Fallout 4 setting and game dialogue before the title was released.

PS5: How Could It Compare to the Xbox “Scarlett”

That graphical capacity might fall short to what Microsoft’s Xbox “Scarlett” has up its sleeve. Both of Microsoft’s expected two models will reportedly leverage Microsoft’s upcoming xCloud streaming service to let gamers play any title — no downloads necessary — and take their favorite games beyond the console, to their Android mobile phones and other devices.
Ben Arnold, the senior director of innovation and trends at the Consumer Technology Association, previously told Inverse that a mobile streaming service could appeal to more consumers than the PS5’s VR capabilities. That’s simply because VR has yet to be widely adapted.

“The timeline [for VR] is a little bit extended because we’re still up against the desire to have great content as a way to drive more hardware adoption, but the content can’t get funded until there’s more hardware,” he said. “As that gets figured out, all of this momentum in streaming, cloud, and subscription services will develop.”

PS5: New Games

Here are a few potential game releases that could come soon after the launch of the PS5:
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Call of Duty PS5
  • FIFA PS5
  • PES PS5
  • Battlefield PS5
  • Final Fantasy VII remake
There will obviously be way more where that comes from. Sony partnered with a multitude of game developers to release several PS4 exclusive titles, like Spider-ManGod of War, and Detroit: Become Human. Expect more of the same, as well as potentially new VR capabilities, when the next generation of console gaming finally kicks off.

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