What We Know About The PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

It’s finally official, and all gamers can put the end of 2020 in their calendars for the hotly anticipated release of the PlayStation 5.

Gamers had feared for a while that the new release by Sony may just be a small stride, but in fact, they are taking a huge leap which will be revamped entirely. There will be new technology upgrades to enjoy, and here’s what we know already about the next instalment of PlayStation.

PlayStation 5

Many gamers had feared that we may have been left disappointed with next announcement by Sony, with them perhaps taking a similar stride to that of the PS4 Pro. However, it will be called the PlayStation 5 and will be the next jump into a new generation of gaming.

CEO Kenichiro Yoshida made the announcement that they were working on a new console in an interview with the Financial Times. During that interview, Yoshida confirmed that it was necessary to have a next-generation hardware. However, he did later state that the PS5 wouldn’t be radically different from its predecessor.

Specs

During an interview with Wired, Mark Cerny announced that the new PS5 CPU and GPU are AMD chips, which means they will be able to fully support 8K graphics, 3D audio and ray tracing. The CPU will be an eight-core chip based on the Ryzen line, while the GPU will be based on the Radeon Navi line.

As well as this, the PS5 will also be ditching the hard-disk drive, and will instead operate with a solid-state drive. This will be very similar to what is currently used in PCs. This move will ensure that the waiting times for players will be significantly reduced compared to the PS4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The console will also support Blu-Ray disks, as well as digital downloads and game streaming. It will be equipped with a 4K Blu-Ray player just like the one that players of the Xbox One S and Xbox One X will be used to.

Backwards Compatibility

In the most exciting news for players waiting for the new console, they would have learned from a recent interview involving Mark Cerny that the new console will allow players to enjoy PS4 and PS VR games. However, the compatibility doesn’t lead as far back as PS3, PS2 or PS1 games. This was revealed as Sony announced that they would allow it to ensure that players can transition over to the new console as effortlessly as possible.

Controllers

The DualShock 4 was a brilliant inclusion for its generation of console, but it did feel like it had run its course now. Players will be rejoicing by the fact that Sony have revealed that a new controller will be making its debut with the PS5. The controller is currently unnamed, but it is expected to offer significant improvements and have a host of new features, including an upgraded speaker.

As well as this, it is expected that the new release will have a larger battery capacity, which would eradicate the issues that many players had with the DualShock 4 in the last generation.

Release Date and Price

The specific date that the new console will be released has yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that we will see the PS5 on the shelves in shops in time for Christmas next year. The price is also being kept a secret at this moment, but there have been reports that those expecting to buy the console may have to fork out £430.

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