The next generation of consoles is drawing closer and closer, with only a handful of blockbuster titles seperating us from the inevitable launch of PS5 and Xbox 2. Set to be the most powerful consoles we’ve ever seen, the gaming landscape is set to change dramatically going forward.
Beyond a few choice specifications and features it’s poised to feature such as hugely increased loading times, ray-tracing and the far-flung potential of 8K resolutions, specifics on the hardware remain unknown. However, that hasn’t stopped us from getting excited.
Trusted Reviews has compiled all the latest news and rumours regarding the PS5, ensuring we’ve combed over all the specs, games, release dates and more for the elusive upcoming console. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked for all the latest updates.
PS5 release date – When is the PlayStation 5 coming out?
Sony confirmed in its most recent earnings report in April 2019 that PS5 won’t be launching in the next 12 months. This provides us with a relatively concrete roadmap towards when the hardware could be releasing.
On balance, we’d expect:
- PS5 will be officially unveiled in the early parts of next year, launching in autumn of 2020
- This could set the stage for a PS5 vs Xbox 2 showdown at E3 2020 with plenty of features and games to showcase
- In terms of blockbuster titles, we can expect major third-party experiences and exclusive games at launch
- Features such as 8K resolutions, improved loading times, ray-tracing and more are already confirmed
PS5 News – US Tariffs could lead to an expensive generation of consoles
According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Sony has said it will likely need to raise the price of its console hardware in response to tariffs on China from the United States. Yet another thing we have to thank President Trump for…
The company, alongside Microsoft and Nintendo, have already warned the United States Government that such a move will be damaging to consumers, causing them to pay more for consoles than previously thought, or lead the companies to move manufacturing elsewhere.
“We believe, and therefore have told the U.S. government, that higher tariffs would ultimately damage the U.S. economy,” said the company’s chief financial officer, Hiroki Totoki.
Totoki has said the company is yet to make a definitive decision on how it will approach these tariffs if they go ahead, but is studying options, including customers “bearing the burden” of an increased price, which might well affect the release of PS5 in 2020.
“[Tariffs] haven’t affected us that much, but we should remain vigilant about the potential risk,” Totoki explains. Given the next-generation of hardware will likely launch in the realm of £400-500 or more, a further increase won’t go down well with consumers.
PS5 backwards compatibility – Yes, you can play all your old PS4 games
Mark Cerny, the PS5’s system architect, has confirmed that the upcoming console will be compatible with existing PS4 titles. He hasn’t confirmed whether this will encompass the entire library and all existing PSVR experiences, though.
We’re also curious to see whether the PS5 will apply benefits to existing games in a similar way to PS4 Pro. Imagine playing the likes of Days Gone and Horizon Zero Dawn at a solid 60fps. Yes, please! Better yet, a recent patent teases that backward compatibility on PS5 will improve more than just loading times.
Will there be a boost mode?
One of the PS4 Pro’s key features is a ‘Boost Mode’ which enhances performance on games yet to receive official patches for the console. Alongside supersampling, it provided players with 1080p displays a reason to upgrade from the base console.
It remains unclear whether your PS4 library will receive a similar selection of upgrades when played on PS5, or if developers will need to issue special patches to make it so.
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PS5 Specs – How powerful will the PlayStation 5 be?
Speaking to Wired, system architect Mark Cerny detailed some of the major specifications for its next-generation console.
For starters, it will boast an advanced AMD Ryzen processor alongside a GPU with AMD Navi architecture capable of ray tracing, a feature currently only available in high-end gaming rigs. It will also support 8K graphics, although whether or not this will be upscaled remains unknown given how such resolutions are exclusive to the high-end PC and television space.
The PS5 (or whatever Sony ends up calling it) will be compatible with the current version of PlayStation VR, and no plans have been announced for a successor to launch alongside the new console. In terms of memory, it will feature a specialised HDD of sorts that will allow games and processes to load up to 19 times faster than previous consoles.
In a recent interview with CNET, Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan touched on some of the features coming to PS5 ahead of its formal reveal. For starters, it will aim to support crisp 4K visuals at a silky-smooth 120Hz for displays that support it at launch.
Ryan also expanded on the importance of cross-generational and providing players with a smooth transition between consoles. “Whether it’s backwards compatibility or the possibility of cross-generational play, we’ll be able to transition that community to next-gen,” he said.
“It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship.” It’s evident that Sony wants to maintain the millions of players it has amassed in the past five years, and it’s taking the right steps to make that happen.
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PS5 cloud gaming – Sony and Microsoft are teaming up to take on Google?
The ability to stream games from the Cloud is increasingly important and Sony’s weaknesses in this area have been previously documented. Hence our interest in the news that Sony and Microsoft have formed an alliance to build cloud based solutions on Microsoft’s Azure platform, the 2nd largest Cloud provider after Amazon.
“The two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services… These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community,” according to the companies.
This follows Microsoft setting up a cloud gaming division this time last year, again based on Azure, to explore how to host and stream games from the Azure platform, rather than by running games on the console itself. And let’s not forget about Google Stadia, Sony and Microsoft’s unexpected partnership might be a sign of them planning to take on the technological giant in the years to come.
PS5 Price – How much will it cost?
Nothing is confirmed yet, although we wouldn’t be surprised if it hits for £400 – £500 mark given the recently unveiled specs. There have been rumours about a subscription element too, which fits in with Cloud news above, but we’ll be sure to update this page once we know more.
Next-generation consoles might end up costing a pretty penny, but it isn’t exactly Sony and Microsoft’s fault. President Trump’s proposed tariffs on goods coming out of China could result in console prices being increased by 25%, which would have a huge impact on consumer electronics in general both in the United States and abroad.
Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft recently came together to speak out against the proposed change, releasing an official letter signed by all three companies: “Video games are a core part of the fabric of American entertainment culture” reads the letter, adding “a price increase of 25 percent will likely put a new video game console out of reach for many American families who we expect to be in the market for a console this holiday season. For those purchases that do go forward despite tariffs, consumers would pay $840 million more than they otherwise would have.”
PS5 VR – Will we get a new headset?
It’s been revealed that the PSVR headset will work with the PlayStation 5, although there’s been no mention of a new peripheral in the works. It’s also unclear whether PlayStation Move controllers and other accessories will work with the new console, although we imagine they will.
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PlayStation VR changed the game for console owners, however as a cheaper VR headset, it naturally couldn’t match the power and fidelity of its PC counterparts. Despite this disparity in power, it remains the most successful virtual reality product on the market, having amassed hundreds of distinct games and experiences since launch. Here’s hoping they all carry over to the next generation.
PS5 Games – Have any titles been announced?
Nothing official has been confirmed by Sony when it comes to the PS5 catalogue, although we can already begin speculating on what currently announced games will eventually grace the platform.
Elder Scrolls 6 is also bound for the next generation with a release window that will likely fall after the new line of consoles arrive. And let’s not forget about Starfield, an upcoming sci-fi IP from Bethesda Game Studios.
While the first entry is penned for PS4, the remaining parts of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will likely come to PS5. Kojima Production’s Death Stranding is also rumoured for a cross-generational release, although will be launching for the current generation this November. Could we see a remaster?
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