Article By: Jessi 7 XS
Did you know that Sony trademarks the names of their next-gen consoles at least a year before they are even made? Yes, it’s true; it’s a smart move that Sony uses so that even if they don’t produce a console with the trademarked name, another company cannot use that name and capitalize on their brand. Sony has even trademarked PS6,7,8,9, and 10.
PlayStation 5 was trademarked by Sony back in 2006, and news of this next gen console was brought to light by Mark Cerny in an interview back in April 2019. While we did not see the PlayStation 5 in 2019, the target release is for holiday 2020, convenient because that’s when we should see the new Xbox Series X as well. More details have emerged within the last few months about the PS5, including operating specifications and more.
Keep in mind, we will not see PlayStation at E3 2020 as Sony, again, has confirmed they will not be attending. Sony has been even more right lipped,as through the Official PS Website, they tell us that they are “not ready to fully unveil the next generation of PlayStation”. So all we have to go on right now is the information we have heard so far. However, pay close attention to the PS5 Official site, as you can sign up for email updates for when new information is released.
Let’s talk specs first, we know for a fact that PlayStation is going to be keeping the disc reader which is good for those of us who prefer to use discs, or even have discs for PS4. It has been confirmed that most PS4 games will be backwards compatible on the PS5, however they are still going to have to work on some of the earlier gen games. For those who haven’t gone completely digital or streaming, the disc drive will still double has a 4K Blu-ray player as well. Along with backward compatibility of PS4 games, the PS5 will be compatible with PSVR. Word of a PSVR 2 has gone around as well, but we will need to wait and see there.
8K, say it with me, 8….K. With 8K support we can expect more detailed texture and graphics as a whole. Combined with the CPU/GPU ray tracing combo from AMD, gamers will be further immersed into their visuals. Solid State Drive will be a new benefit to PS5, as this will allow for faster game loading along with better data management, allowing players to install or remove games a lot easier than before.
For those who have moved onto the digital age, PS plans to further promote PlayStation Now and the Remote Play feature. Remote Play is currently available with PS4, and allows gamers to stream games directly from the console to a PC, smartphone, tablet, or Vita. Going forward especially with the latest introduction of 5G Networks, Sony plans to improve greatly upon their game streaming service.
Now here is where we get hairy, the pricing, pricing hasn’t even been confirmed by Sony yet either. When the PS4 released in 2014, it retailed for a price of $399. The PS4 Slim retailed for $299, and the PS4 Pro for $399. When Sony launched the PS3 they were priced at $499 for 20G, and $599 for 60G. Some gamers seem to think that Sony won’t go that high in price again, but with the evolution of technology over the last few years since the release of the PS3 and PS4, we may have to get off our high horse.
Even so most gamers, and gaming writers are speculating that the PS5 could cost $499 at launch. To be honest, is that really that bad? We’ve been fortunate that as technology has been advancing, especially with new graphics and hardware, that next-gen consoles haven’t been more expensive.
As for more details, I guess we will have to sit and wait. I’ve signed up for their email updates for PS5 details, so as anything new comes in I will be sure to update this article. What do you guys think about the PS5? Let us know down in the comments!
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Article By: Jessi 7 XS