The PlayStation has always offered more to the AV world than just games. It has delivered well with DVD playback, Blu-rays and streaming over the years. So what will the PlayStation 5 have to offer at now? Will it be an 8K machine? Will it still support optical media? When is the PS5 release date? How much will the PS5 cost? We will cover all these in this Article;
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The design… won’t suprise you. It in line with previous PlayStation logos, keeping it simple with white lines on a black background. Sony started its CES 2020 press conference with a segment on the forthcoming PS5 and while no new specs were released or images shown, Sony did confirm the official PS5 logo.
PlayStation 5 release date
Sony has confirmed the PS5 release date is Holiday 2020, setting up a battle royale between the PS5 and new Xbox Series X for Christmas 2020.
Previously, in an interview with Wired, Cerny had only said that the PlayStation 5 would not be available before April 2020. Now the company has finally gone on record with an end of year PS5 release, which was confirmed at CES 2020.
- The console will run on a central processor and graphics unit based on AMD’s Ryzen and Navi lines respectively. The GPU will include hardware for ray tracing acceleration (for advanced lighting, among other things), in step with upcoming PC gear.
- There will be a solid state drive in place of a traditional hard disk, meaning dramatically faster loading and booting. It also potentially means larger open areas that can be traversed faster.
- The PS5 will support 3D audio, 8K video and up to 120Hz refresh rate, and will be backwards compatible with PS4 games and the existing PlayStation VR headset.
- There will still be an optical drive, with retail games coming on 100GB Blu-rays, but the contents will need to be transferred to the internal solid state drive to play.
- The optical drive will also play 4K Blu-ray movie discs.
- Games can be installed in chunks, for example you could have just the campaign or just the multiplayer portion installed, saving you storage space. Content will also be indexed so you can jump to a specific mission or multiplayer event directly from the PS5 home screen rather than having to boot the game first.
Separately, Sony has announced that the PS5 will have an optional standby mode that uses far less energy than usual, but still keeps active games suspended. The feature was developed as part of the United Nation’s “Playing for the Planet” initiative to get gamers to reduce their carbon footprint.
The company has also indicated that its PlayStation Now and Remote Play services are set to be expanded, and the PS5 will be optimised for talking to the cloud, so you could end up streaming your new games to your phone or playing PS3 games on your PS5 over the internet.
Playstation Dual Shock Controller
The first piece of good news is that, like much of the PS5 experience, the PlayStation 5 should be backwards compatible with the PS4 controller. In a comparison table of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, both consoles were listed as compatible with the DS4 and DS5 controllers. Until then, there was no clue that it would even be called the DualShock 5.
Of course, that could just be a typo but it ties in with a patent listed on Japanese World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) website which outlines a new PlayStation controller, looking very much like the next generation of the DualShock range.
The most interesting features are a built-in microphone, customisable rear triggers and the lack of a PS button. The microphone suggests voice control and, hence, why that PS button may not be necessary – switch on and off, and even ask for in-game assistance by voice command. That’s the theory, anyway, and in a world of Siris, Alexas, and Google Assistants, why not?
PlayStation 5 Accessories
Rather than just saved game data and other media, it could well offer the storage for game libraries instead. That frees up the need for buying a PS5 with an enormous hard drive to begin with and could make for a much cheaper console. Down that avenue of thinking has emerged the idea of an affordable, entry-level PlayStation 5 which games could upgrade for space as and when needed.
One interesting twist is Sony may be working on a 3D hologram accessory for the PS5 for multiplayer games. A light emitter with an eye tracker could project an image directly to the user’s retina to give the impression of a hologram floating in mid-air. Exactly what images Sony has in mind is another thing but you may want to reconsider multiplayer gaming in your pants
Which PlayStation 5 games have been announced?
CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the popular Witcher franchise, has confirmed that its dystopian future game Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed for next generation consoles, which will doubtless include the PS5.
Godfall is the other confirmed PS5 title and we also happen to know that it will be exclusive to the PlayStation platform. Godfall is a fantasy action-RPG and the first described “looter-slasher” title. It’s been developed by the team behind Borderlands, Gearbox Publishing and Counterplay Games. Make sure to take a look at this in-game Godfall clip for a taste the the PS5 graphics and gameplay prowess.
there’s plenty of talk around the likes of post-apocalyptic adventure The Last of Us: Part 2, Starfield, a brand new space RPG from Bethesda Studios and, the next instalment of Bethesda fantasy epic, The Elder Scrolls 6.
Other games long since trailered but possibly waiting for the next wave of console launches include Feudal Japan adventure, Ghost of Tsushima, and Hideo Kojima’s next project, Death Stranding.
Indeed, according to the 13th August PS5 leak Ghost of Tsushima is a sure thing and will be a PS5 exclusive. It’s unclear whether it will be ready from developer Sucker Punch at launch, though.
It’s believed Sony will increase its focus on the subscription-based PlayStation Now cloud gaming platform and its Remote Play feature too.
Microsoft and Sony recently announced that they’re working together on cloud computing technologies, which will almost certainly give a boost to PlayStation Now. Until now the platform has been incomplete as far as top gaming titles go and there have been issues with lag and disconnects.
Sony also filed a patent back in 2014 for a service whereby PlayStation games on the platform could be streamed to user devices other than the console itself; something to rival the upcoming Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud platforms.
Sony is looking to 5G technology to help out while gaming on the move with Remote Play. The service currently allows players to stream games from their consoles to other devices such as tablets, mobiles and the handheld PS Vita. However, this might be bundled in as part of an all-new online platform.
Another interesting part of the connectivity proposal is that it could link players up to a voice assistant. Rumours are that Sony is working on an service which can provide in-game help including whereabouts of game objects as well as hints and tips. If applied with the proper contextual cues, it should be far more efficient than a separate internet search. “Ok, PlayStation. Give me the cheat codes!”
How Much Will Playstation 5 Cost
The original PlayStation and PS2 launched at £299/$299, the PS3 started at £425/$499 and the more recent PS4 came in at £350/$399. The sensible guess for the PS5 right now is that it will sit just around $500 which is ₦180,000.
The result could mean a considerably more expensive device, another reason, perhaps, why there may be two consoles launched – an expensive PS5 Pro and a more affordable PS5. According to YouTuber ReviewTechUSA, the price difference will be in the region of $100-150.
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