It's time to start talking about the PlayStation 5. Now that Sony has finally begun lifting the lid on its next-gen console, we now know a whole lot more about what to expect going forward. Of course, we don't know everything just yet, but thanks to a revealing report from Wired, we have a much clearer picture of what PS5 will be capable of. So, what information do we have on Sony's upcoming machine?
In this guide, we'll go through some common questions about the future of PlayStation.
What is the release date for PS5?
While we don't yet know the exact release date for PlayStation 5, we do know when it isn't. Lead system architect Mark Cerny has confirmed the console won't be releasing in 2019. This leads us to believe the system will emerge in 2020, but we're not sure precisely when. We'll update this guide when we learn more.
How much will PS5 cost?
The price of the PlayStation 5 hasn't been nailed down yet. Mark Cerny had this to say with regards to cost: "I believe that we will be able to release it at an SRP [suggested retail price] that will be appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set." It's hard to judge what this means, but we imagine the PS5 will cost somewhere between $399 and $499.
Is PS5 backwards compatible with PS4 games?
Yes. It has been confirmed that, because the PS5 is based partly on the PS4’s architecture, it will be able to run PS4 software. This will include physical and digital games.
Is PS5 backwards compatible with PS3, PS2, and PSone games?
We don't know. It's backwards compatible with PS4, which had no real backwards compatibility itself, so the answer for now is probably not. Again, we'll update this guide if we get the info.
Will PS5 support physical games on disc?
Yes. As mentioned above, PS5 will accommodate physical media, meaning disc-based games as well as digital.
Will PS5 be compatible with PSVR?
Sony has said that PlayStation VR will run on PS5. Whether the company is working on a successor to its first virtual reality effort is unknown, but it's almost a certainty. Until then, PSVR as we know it will work with PS5.
What games will be on PS5?
No games have been confirmed for PS5 at this time. However, some of Sony's in-progress projects are likely to be cross-gen titles, meaning they'll release on both PS4 and PS5. It's speculated that games like Death Stranding, The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 could fall into this camp.
There are also a few unannounced games that are almost certainly in the works, and we imagine they'll be PS5 games. Sequels to God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, and Horizon: Zero Dawn, for example, are likely to be next-gen titles.
What are the technical specifications of PS5?
While we don't have exact details regarding the PlayStation 5's inner workings, there are a few bits and pieces we can talk about. Here's a quote from Wired's story on the technical side of PS5: "The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments."
The AMD chip apparently allows for 3D audio, fundamentally changing the way you'll experience sound in games. We also know PS5 will feature an extremely fast SSD. This fancy drive will have much, much higher read speeds than regular hard drives, resulting in dramatically faster load times, or the ability to move through a game much more quickly. There's still lots we don't know about the tech specs of PS5, but it's sounding like a beast so far.
Will there be a new controller for PS5?
There will very likely be a new controller for PlayStation 5, featuring some new bells and whistles, but we don't have anything to go on right now. There are rumours that the potential 'DualShock 5' will feature a touch screen in the centre, but no one really knows what Sony is cooking up in this regard.
Do you have any other questions regarding PS5? Get hyped for next-gen in the comments below, and be sure to check out our round up of all the new information here.