All about the PS5
E3 2018 has already brought many surprises, including Microsoft’s confirmation that “Xbox Two” is under development. Not only that, but Bethesda confirmed two major next-generation projects in the form of a new IP called `Starfield’ and also `The Elder Scrolls 6′. With such a huge announcement from its biggest rival, could Sony follow suit and confirm that the PS5 is just around the corner?
John Kodera confirmed at the last Sony Corporate Strategy Meeting that PS4 is approaching the end of its life cycle. This does not mean that the console disappears immediately, as several platform exclusives have not yet been released. Instead, it is likely to be a way of explaining to investors the expected decline in future sales. It’s also another juicy clue to the inevitable PS5.
In other news, a Kotaku report says that the PS5 may not be up and running until 2020 at the earliest, which may disappoint some, but not surprisingly given Sony’s recent success. With the PS4 and PS4 Pro so far ahead of rival consoles in every game, Sony won’t be in any hurry to spend large sums of money freeing up new hardware.
According to the report, many developers questioned, including those from Sony studios, “have not yet been informed of the existence of a PlayStation 5”.
PS4 and PS4 Pro continue to sell incredibly well and the system’s exclusive library is well supported until 2019 with titles like The Last of Us Part 2 and Death Stranding yet to come.
PS5 Release Date – When will PlayStation 5 be released?
Sony hasn’t said anything about a new console yet. The PS4 is still not only the best-selling console on the market today, but also one of the best-selling in history, so it makes sense not to announce a successor yet.
Microsoft has returned with Xbox One X, so the PS4 is no longer the dominant machine in terms of specifications. The logic is that Sony has to respond in some way.
PS5 Specifications – How powerful will the PlayStation 5 be?
Again, without any announcements, we can’t fully evaluate what the PlayStation 5 will look like from a hardware point of view. However, we can take a look at the competition and see how Sony will compete.
Let’s take a look at the Xbox One X. It has a 2.3 GHz eight-core CPU, paired with 12 GB of GDDR5 memory and a GPU with 40 computing units running at 1172 MHz. Simply put, it’s a mid-range 2017 gaming PC, but with many smart software and hardware tricks to get the most out of it.
As with console launches, manufacturers have to balance cost with performance. The PS4 has been so successful because it has been able to perform better on third-party titles compared to Xbox One.
Now that the balance of power is shifting in favour of Microsoft (albeit with a more expensive console), Sony will want to fix it and offer an even more powerful console than the One X. Or maybe Sony will be able to counteract with a less powerful but better value console than the woolly release date in 2018.
2017 has offered some of the best PS4 games the console has ever seen. So let’s see which series are due a sequel and judge what titles might be around on the release of a new console.
With God Of War, The Last Of Us Part 2, Spider-Man all on the horizon, those series are pretty much blocked for the foreseeable future. Also, with Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted 4, Lost Legacy and Person 5 all available now, we wouldn’t see those titles coming in with the PS5.