You have the questions surrounding the PS5 and we attempt to answer them to the best of our abilities below.
Is the PS5 going to be called the PS5?
Yes. According to Sony, the new console will indeed be called the PlayStation 5. It makes a lot of sense; after all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Sony has been building up goodwill towards the PlayStation brand for many years now. If the rumours are to be believed, then Sony will also be launching a PlayStation 5 “Pro”-style model alongside the base version. We don’t yet know what that will be called, but we’d put good money on it being the PS5 Pro, like its predecessor.
When will the PS5 be released?
The PS5 is currently slated for holiday season 2020. We don’t know yet exactly when that will be, but we’re expecting it to launch around November-December time, in keeping with some of the other consoles in the PlayStation line. Sony has already confirmed that the pandemic won’t affect the PlayStation 5’s launch, which is great news for those of us who might still need something to do when the wintertime comes around.
What will the PS5 cost?
When the PlayStation 4 was released, it cost £349 in the UK and $399 in the USA. We can probably expect the PlayStation 5 to be roughly the same price, give or take a hundred dollars. Despite its advanced technology, waiting a year or so will probably drive down prices to the point where it won’t be unreasonable to produce consoles with that price tag. It’s also worth remembering that consoles often sell at a loss in order to promote software or addons that will make the profit difference up. As such, a lower price for the PS5 wouldn’t be completely unheard of.
How much more powerful will the PS5 be than the PS4?
In short: a lot more powerful. Sony is experimenting with the latest graphics technology, including ray tracing, which uses lighting to simulate realistic objects and environment effects. Cerny is proud of the solid state drive (SSD) in the PS5, which he considers to be head and shoulders above the average market SSD. Supposedly, the PS5 will be able to load PS4 content in 0.8 seconds where before it took 15. That should give you an indication of how much more powerful the machine could be. From there, the sky’s the limit.
What’s inside the PS5?
For a start, we have that solid-state drive, which will boast 825GB of storage space, as well as expandable storage bays. We’ve also got an AMD 3rd generation Ryzen CPU with 8 cores of 7nm Zen 2 architecture. Graphics-wise, Sony has gone with Radeon, so there’ll be a custom Navi card inside the machine. There will also be a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive in the console, so you’ll be able to play physical media. You can find a more detailed breakdown of the console’s specs right here.
Will the PS5 have a physical media drive?
Yes. The console sports a 4K Blu-ray drive that will play movies and physical games alike. Despite Microsoft’s recent release of a discless Xbox One, it doesn’t look like Sony is interested in pursuing this avenue, at least not for now. We might see a discless PS5 somewhere down the line, but it’s likely to be a budget option to go alongside the main beast. The fact is that many still have extensive physical media collections, and Sony won’t want to miss out on potential sales to that crowd. Physical media still seems to be an important part of Sony’s strategy.
Will the PS5 have backwards compatibility?
Again, this one has a pretty clear answer, and it’s yes. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be able to play “an overwhelming majority” of PS4 games. We’re assuming that’s both physical and digital games, so your library is safe. What’s slightly more concerning is that Sony hasn’t confirmed the console will be able to support every single PS4 game at launch, although we doubt this will be a problem; we’re expecting patches to bring in compatibility for the remaining titles.
Will the PS5 support PS VR?
Another very clear answer here: yes it will. The PlayStation 5 will continue to support the current existing PS VR headset. That presumably also means you’ll still be able to play all your current PS VR titles on the PS5, as well as meaning some new games will be in development for the device. Sony are tight-lipped about their future VR strategy, but a PS VR 2 is not unimaginable given the original device’s runaway success. Frankly, it would be more of a surprise to us if Sony didn’t make another PS VR headset.