The next generation of consoles may still be quite a while way but don’t underestimate it we have already entered the fifth year of the PlayStation 4 lifetime with games like God of War, ghosts of Toshima, The Last of Us part 2 and F stranding I would say some of the defining experiences of this gen are yet to come out though at the same time I wouldn’t be surprised if these end up as the last games on ps4 from their respective studios of coursen Sony won’t share any details on their upcoming plans and that won’t be changing anytime soon but by looking at where we currently are what the things are that people still feel unhappy about as well as for the Xbox, Nintendo and PC platforms are bringing to the table there is plenty to speculate about and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do in this article I’ll take a look at the future and I’ll do so with you together so without further ado this is everything you need to know about the PlayStation 5.
It’s pretty funny to look back at the end of last generation a time where it seemed like almost every day an analyst would come out and say that the upcoming consoles would be our last with the rise of smartphones and other devices making games more accessible than ever before they couldn’t be more wrong fortunately the group of gamers that came to realise a PC or console is needed for the real high-end gaming experiences has only gotten bigger and obviously the mindset now is much different from what it used to be to put it simply the release of the PlayStation 5 is inevitable so let’s begin with the biggest question people ask.
When is the PS 5 actually coming out
It might be in the easiest way for me to try answering these kinds of questions is most often by just looking at the past it’s usually a great indication of what we can expect, which I think will be no different here so the lifecycle of the previous PlayStation consoles has typically been around 6 years both the ps1 and 2 consoles blasted for this amount of time until we saw their successors being released the PlayStation 3 was a little bit of an exception to the rule a couple of factors caused for the system to last an additional year this mainly came down to the slow start that it had both in sales and the release of games it wasn’t until late 2009 that massive amounts of people finally began purchasing the console after games liken Uncharted 2 heavy rain God of War 3 and Gran Turismo 5 finally made for the combat in Playstations market share but it wasn’t only that the financial crisis also forced both Sony and Microsoft not to make a move yet as the times weren’t making it easy for people to spend large sums of money out of nowhere in other words they wanted to squeeze every last bit out of the generation that they could look.
At this it seems very unlikely that the PS 5 would keep us waiting for more than seven years in fact we are now in a climate where new versions of hardware so rapidly release think about smartphones but even the ps4 Pro and Xbox 1x it’s already remarkable in and of its self that we’ve seen more powerful consoles within the same generation now the pro came out in 2016 merely three years after the original model looking at this as the middle point of the generation I really wouldn’t be surprised to see the next PlayStation console come out in 2019 with the games I mentioned earlier def stranding the last was part 2 and goes to Tsushima all looking to release in that very same year it would make for a killer end to the current generation however there are reasons to believe that 2019 won’t be the final year and we could still see ps4 lifetime getting extended a little longer.
let’s be honest the PlayStation 4 is in an amazing spot right now ,sales for consoles are still incredibly strong and the system is dominating the current gaming market Sony will want that success to last for as long as possible and bringing out the PS 5 could always mean a potential risk in losing that momentum that being said Microsoft released the Xbox one X only a few months ago and it’s unlikely that they would want to release their own next-generation console so soon especially taken in minds the prize that the 1x launch that now it’s doing decent numbers but nothing really threatening for PlayStation which seems to have taken significant pressure off of Sony for releasing their next console so a 2019 or 2020 release who is to say honestly I’m 50/50 on it myself though with recent developments I’m starting to lean more and more towards the latter so if I had to make a prediction right now I would say 2020 I wouldn’t be surprised.
How much will the PS 5 cost
Honestly I think this is by far the easiest question to answer time and time again it has been proven that there is only one price that works the best when launching a console and that is 399 dollars Sony knows this all too well especially after the disaster that was the PlayStation 3s launch the same time it was the reason why the ps4 Pro wasn’t as powerful as many had hoped because whatever the case this system had to be sold for that same reasonable price tag even with it only targeting the more hardcore audience one of the key reasons the Xbox one lost the initial battle was the same factor and even he won X with its whole power narrative isn’t appealing to mass audiences at its $500 price point.
Consoles have traditionally always been relatively cheap and Sony knows that it’s vital for a successful launch, could the system end up being more expensive,of course would I personally want it to be if it means even more powerful hardware as well I definitely do but at the end of the day realistically I just don’t see it happening now the reason I first decided to discuss the price with you is because there is a common misconception about consoles being underpowered compared to PCs which I always hear gamers talk about look it’s very simple this is and will always be the case because while console manufacturers try to offer the best hardware possible they’ll do so of course with a certain production cost in mind what I’m simply trying to say is that the specs of the PS 5 will be based on the available hardware at the time of release for a $400 price tag so what will that specifically mean for the hardware specs my guess would be that we’ll see the amount of RAM go up from 8 to 16 gigabytes seeing as most high-end pcs nowadays aren’t even equipped with more I would find it highly unlikely that we’ll see ram go up even higher than that.
As far as the GPU goes obviously the big complaint seen with the ps4 pro is the fact that most games aren’t running in native 4k but in a lower resolution that then gets, upscaled. The Xbox one X is already doing a much better job at this with a 4 higher ratio of games actually managing to achieve a full 4k output I’m pretty sure that the PlayStation 5s GPU will make sure that native 4k becomes the standard resolution moving forward the hard drive is not that interesting to discuss but it’s obvious that with games getting bigger and bigger it’s probably gonna offer around 2 terabytes of space compared to the Xbox one P for not featuring a 4k blu-ray player has been seen as a bit of a negative for many gamers who enjoy movies too so this is something I could easily see the PS 5 fix as well.
Last and most important of all the component that will feel like the biggest upgrade is no doubt gonna be. The CPU suffering from the decision to keep the price low the only slightly improved CPU in the ps4 Pro has cost for frame rates and games to be more stable but it wasn’t enough to make the majority of games benefit from an actual increased frame rate or significantly advanced graphical details and physics is by far the biggest reason why the pro doesn’t stand out much over the original model I would assume that the PlayStation 5 will finally make a new leap visible as the CPU will this time around get a strong enough upgrades.
Obviously the controller now ps4 was already a great example of this happening as the DualShock 4 was a vast and through over the three controllers that we had seen before it was far more comfortable to hold in your hands and the triggers and sticks received some welcome improvements the headphone jack light bar and share button with cool additions as well that really added something new making for an overall better experience and we have ever had before however there are still two massive mistakes that were made with the DualShock board the first one is the touchpad from the get-go I was and honestly still am a big fan of the potential of this feature the way that it can detect various movements, I thought would be a fantastic solution for example for large RPG games who simply give you fast access to even more moves and spells and attributes something which had always been a problem compared to PC versions but four years later the sad reality is barely any developer is using the touchpad in any significant way other than as a simple button third party developers find it a waste of time and money to design games with the touchpad in mind seeing as other controllers don’t have this feature anyway and first party developers sometimes decide to make use of it but I’ve yet to see a better.
Many gamers have noticed how the battery life is vastly under delivers compared to the DualShock 3 and sony has confirmed that the touchpad is one of the main reasons for this as its constantly looking for user input where almost none is ever given I’m sure that both of these issues will be fixed with a potential DualShock 5 by removing the touchpad automatically increasing battery life.
But what else will the next playstation controller introduce I’d say that’s a very hard question to answer because honestly many people are very happy with the quality of the Dual Shock 4 right now there are always certain crazy ideas that you can come up with like an LED screen with a menu but looking at the past and thinking about the implications this would once again have on battery life and price I just don’t see it happening now a couple of things that I could see being at it off, for example, a built-in microphone so that everyone can automatically chat with their friends, wireless charging which will finally mean the end of cable connections to the console we’ve seen the Nintendo switch introduced HD Rumble and the difference is definitely there so I could see the Dual Shock 5 improving in this area as well do I think we’re gonna see revolutionary changes through controller no but overall I definitely expect we’ll be getting the most refined playstation controller today.
Will PS 5 play PS 4 Games
Now there are only a few areas in which the Xbox one has managed to exceed the PlayStation 4 but backwards compatibility has undoubtedly been one of them Microsoft has done a great job in allowing gamers who played at 360 and original Xbox titles with the ps4 lacking the possibility to play all the games to some extent that’s understandable as the complicated sell architecture made it pretty much impossible to support ps3 titles without having to build in the same hardware into the ps4 and selling it for a much higher price at the same time but moving forward with the PlayStation 5 one of the things I’m honestly quite convinced about is that backwards compatibility with ps4 titles will actually be present one very simple reason for this is the gigantic advantage that PlayStation has over its competition right now over 76 million people currently own a ps4 and by telling this install base that all that games carry over going into the new generation PlayStation will prevent many of its consumers from switching to another platform next time shortly said it will make the transition seem so much smoother and with Xbox most definitely looking to do the same thing and PC always having done it.
I think gamers nowadays just expect to be able to keep playing their old games on newer hardware now there is one massive hint that actually points towards backwards compatibility happening and that’s something you could have already noticed back in 2013 I just mentioned it already but Sony made a huge mistake with the complicated hardware used for PlayStation 3’s design the Cell processor gave developers many headaches making games for ps3 was simply said hell and it wasn’t until the end of the generation that the graphics were fully maxed out at the same time we saw how most third-party games performed better on 360 and the developer like Bethesda had massive issues trying to fix insane framerate problems or even bringing the DLC for Skyrim to the platform. The PlayStation 4 was a direct answer to all that Sony had brought upon themselves they finally listened and decided to take the complete opposite approach with a traditional x86 architecture and hardware that resembled the average PC making games for the ps4 was as easy as a god but nobody however thinks about is that this also paved the way for something else and of course that is backwards compatibility simply said if the playstation five sticks to the same architecture ps4 games should work on the system from the jump just like they do on your PC you may not realize it but that’s actually already a PlayStation system that proves this and that’s the ps4 pro because wow it still hides on the ps4 umbrella the pro keeps the same architecture but definitely they use different and new hardware than the ps4 itself the result is that all games work across both systems but the pro can either receive specific patches by developers or even use its own boost modes to enhance games that never received such an update at all.
What its Launch Line Up will look Like.
Newest games with support from nearly all third-party publishers the indie scene and of course Sony’s own 15 plus in-house studios PlayStation is known for its great amount of quality games and the ps4 will be no different in this regard now of course we know that the activision sandy ace will be supportingthe new platforms from day one with all their new releases so I really don’t find those two interesting to get into ultimately the exclusives are what makes PlayStation stand out so much as far as these games go it took a little while for PlayStation 4 to get up to speed I don’t think it was until early 2015 about a year into degeneration that the ps4 got its first real must-have exclusive title with blood-borne now this was all based on timing with most of Sony’s developers finishing their games late into the previous generation and therefore not being able to deliver on ps4 to early again this all depends on when the system does eventually release but we only know that developers like Sucker Punch Sony Santa Monica Naughty Dog and Kojima Productions will have to be waited on for a little while as they are still releasing their upcoming game on ps4 I could easily see a game like horizon to be a PS 5 launch title with gorilla working on it as we speak Sony Japan will undoubtedly have something to show and I can only hope for another collaboration with from software for blood-borne 2 if we haven’t seen it by then already and while we won’t hear from any first party devs for a little while I could also easily see some exclusives come out from studios that Sony has always had a great partnership with like a new Ratchet and Clank from insomniac it’s not a massive list of games but looking back at the launch of the ps4 it took a little while for its library to take off too now I decided to bring up backward compatibility earlier because it’s a huge reason why I believe the lack of exclusive games, in the beginning, wouldn’t have to be such a huge deal though if all the titles from the previous generation would still work with many even receiving 4k patches or graphics and framerate enhancements Ican see that the transition to PS 5 will simply be a lot more subtle many of the late generation games might be developed with the PS 5 already in mind.