PlayStation 5 Release Date: Sony recently took the wraps off their highly anticipated upgrade of the PS4, aptly named the PS4 Pro. But while most users are pretty content with the new console, it would be a mistake to think that the company is banking on the recently released device to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo. For that purpose, there is the yet unannounced PlayStation 5.
PlayStation 5 Features
The PlayStation 5, also known as the PS 5, is the next significant upcoming addition to the PlayStation family. The last time this happened was in 2013, when Sony announced the PlayStation 4, while this year’s PlayStation 4 Pro was simply a mid-level upgrade to the PS4 which offers 4K support with the aid of a technology that can upscale 1080p pictures to 4K. While the Pro was well-received by users, it did not quite offer a true 4K rendering. The latter, it appears, is something that Sony is saving in a big way for the PlayStation 5, though it release date is still a while away.
Virtual Reality Support
The PlayStation 5 is expected to come with some serious hardware upgrades, though what exists in reports at present are just speculations based on how far technology has come today and how far it could go in the coming years. In the last couple of years, some mammoth improvements have been made in the field of technology, and therefore, gaming. This year alone, Virtual Reality, which existed as a mere concept even a few years back, turned out to be one of the most cultivated areas with tech giants all over the world foraying into it. Based on these, it is generally speculated that both the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles will support these rapidly growing technologies. This could well be a possibility seeing how many video games are coming out in 2017 with VR support.
CPU and GPU Upgrades- True 4K Gaming
Other than these, the PlayStation 5 could also come with a number of advanced features to tighten up the competition with other gaming giants. Among them, something that ranks pretty high on the list of possibilities is a much-increased CPU and GPU capacities compared to those of the PS4 Pro, while the latter itself saw a significant hike from the PS4 in those departments.
Of course, these may appear to be basic factors in terms of an upgrade, but for the PlayStation 5, it is of great significance. Microsoft’s already announced Project Scorpio has been heavily hyped as a truly next-gen gaming console owing to its promised 4K gaming experience. We also know that the upcoming device will be powered by a 6 teraflop GPU for this very purpose. But those associated with Sony have commented that for true 4K rendering, the minimum required GPU capacity is of 8 teraflops. So with Sony reportedly working on the PlayStation 5 already, could this mean that the next PlayStation will support true 4K gaming the way their creators see it? These speculations have led many to believe that the PS5 will come with a GPU of 8 teraflops or above along with heightened CPU capacity to ensure seamless support for 4K Ultra HD content- something that could highly be a possibility by the time the PS5 comes out.
Another interesting thing that we could see in the PS5 is Cloud-based gaming. With massive improvements in consoles with every passing year, we can see how file sizes (for games and their DLC) have taken a leap. That makes it increasingly difficult for gamers to store their collection on hard drives. One thing that could solve this problem is the use of Cloud, which would enable users to store their games and stream them directly from the cloud while playing. However, this has its downsides, the most important one being that you will need an extremely reliable connection at all times during playing, thus making the convenience of offline play a thing of the past. Of course, we don’t know if this feature will make it to the PlayStation 5, but it is possible. By the time the PS5 is released, the internet will also have undergone significant improvements.
PlayStation 5 Release Date
The fact of the matter is that Sony has added new major consoles to their line at an interval of about six to seven years since 1994. The PS2 came out in 2000, and the PS3 and PS4 were launched in 2006 and 2013 respectively. So that leaves a release date window for the PlayStation 5 of around 2019 to 2020. The ample time that Sony has to develop the PS5 will also give the creators the opportunity to analyse Microsoft’s next console and make their own a heftier beast all around.