Recently there has been quite a lot of chatter and speculation as to what we can expect with the next generation of Sony gaming console; including specs, when its thought to be released and how much you can expect to pay! As far as I’m concerned, it’s all just speculation and not to be taken too seriously as it is still early days! But what I have done is compiled all the best information I have come across regarding Sony’s next gaming console into one short article which will hopefully paint a bigger picture of what we can expect!
What we think we know so far:
Developers are already working on titles for the next gen console.
In two separate articles posted on IGN, there is mention that a lot of first party studios have already shifted their focus towards development of titles for the next gen console, providing quotes from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad stating that “PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it”. IGN also cites a report from the GDC’s State of the Game Industry which had polled approximately 4000 developers which determined that around 16% were working on titles for current and “unannounced” platforms.
I’ve noticed a few videos and articles already talking about the potential processing power the next-gen Sony console might have. There is a great video by Coreteks which briefly delves into the history of Sony and their success in the electronics industry before it goes on to talk about the potential SoC for the next-gen console. The video talks about the next Ryzen processor being chiplet based and links it with a break-down of a tweet which supposedly shows the product code for Sony’s next-gen SoC, which briefly delves into the history of Sony and their success in the electronics industry before it goes on to talk about the potential SoC for the next-gen console.
Another article on PcGamesn also breaks down the same serial code to ascertain that it shows a CPU with 8 physical cores, it will have a 3.2GHz boost clock, Navi 10Lite GPU and supposedly will be using either Zen+ or Zen2 architecture. The article also states that if it is using the Zen+ core then we could expect a gaming console with 16 threads of processing power to be released sometime in 2020.
Will the PS5 have backwards compatibility?
There has been a lot of talk about the possibility for backward compatibility recently and an article on PushSquare stated that Sony has filed a patent for backward compatibility which would allow for the next gen to play all previous PlayStation software! A tweet response by Digital Foundry’s John Linneman also claims that the next generation Sony console will unquestionably have backward compatibility.
From a personal and consumerist point of view the next gen will NEED backwards compatibility to sell higher numbers! I have too much invested on my PS4 digital library, which means backwards compatibility would be a huge determining factor on whether I would want to purchase a new console upon release or wait for the price to drop.
How much will the PS5 cost?
Unfortunately, there has been no official mention about what we can expect to pay for the next generation of console and any information I have found is just speculation. I have seen a lot of claims from $400 to $800. Judging from past console release prices and what hardware the next console is supposedly going to have, my estimate is that it will be around the USD$500 mark.
When can we expect the PS5 to be released?
Again, has been no official mention of a release date for any new consoles. However, IGN quotes a statement to the Financial Times by Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida quoting: “At this point what I can say is it’s necessary to have next-generation hardware”.
This is also backed up by an article on TechRadar noting that head of PlayStation, John Kodera, stated that the current generation is approaching the end of its lifecycle and that Sony has lots of work to do between now and 2021. This would suggest that we are still a couple years off.
In conclusion, I believe it is still too early to make any rash assumptions, but the information and rumours that I have heard and provided in this article do sound extremely exciting and I really hope that it all turns out to be true! I guess all we can do is wait and see!
What news have you heard about regarding the next generation of console, tell us in the comment section below! Thanks for reading.