PlayStation 5 expected specs and performance
Since we don’t have any official information, we can’t precisely assess what PlayStation 5 will look like in terms of hardware. The best way to get the idea of its specs and performance is to take a look at the competition – Microsoft’s Project Scorpio for example – the console they are super-confident in.
We know that Scorpio will be able to deliver 4K gaming experience. It has 3.2 GHz processor paired with 12GB GDDR5, to put this into perspective – these are specifications of a mid-range gaming PC. However, console makers use lots of neat tricks to squeeze the maximum performance out of their devices.
Whenever the new console launch is approaching, manufacturers have to balance between performance and cost. There are two paths that Sony can take. They can either make a console more powerful than the Microsoft’s counterparts, or they can decide to manufacture a device that is not as powerful as the competition, but offer it at a better price.
PlayStation 5 design
There are several design concepts on the internet for PS5, however each of them is yet to be confirmed. We assume that the console will retain the black box along with blue light theme. The one concept that appears more than others is David Hansson’s design you can see below this paragraph. The bee-hive texture looks futuristic and very sleek. Have in mind that you are able to play games on PS4 without a CD using PlayStation Now service, so the CD slot may be excluded from the PlayStation 5, giving opportunity for more compact design.
There are also few rumors about DualShock-s. The rumor has it that the controllers’ surface will be color-adjustable depending on the game you are currently playing. Of course, none of these are confirmed facts, just mere speculations.
When can we expect the release of PlayStation 5?
The usual lifespan of Sony’s consoles is around 4-6 years. The company hasn’t actually said anything about the release of PlayStation 5 yet. This makes sense, since PS4 is the best-selling console ever, having found its place in over 60 million homes. However, companies are aware that the sales tend to gradually slow down the more time passes after the release of their latest model. This leads us to conclude that Sony’s employees are hardly working on the PlayStation 5 even as we speak, despite being secretive about it.
Given that the PS4 was launched in 2013, and considering the usual lifespan of each release, it is easy to project that PlayStation 5 will most likely launch in 2019. On the other hand, we must take into account the PS4 Pro was a huge success, as it widely outsells the base PS4, which could lengthen the life cycle we got accustomed to.
How much will PlayStation 5 cost?
It is ungrateful to make predictions about the price tag when we are not fully acquainted with the offer on the table. Since the technology at the time will significantly improve compared to the one currently available, we can assume that Sony will be able to produce high quality product for a reasonable price. Additionally, the company has to think of the competition at the time of release, when they make the decision about the cost of PlayStation 5.
With current information available we can only speculate about the cost of PlayStation 5, but if we’d have to guess we would say that the price will be in range of $400-$500.
Will PlayStation 5 be reverse compatible?
For every passionate PlayStation owner, the first question that comes to mind when a company announces the release of new version, is will it be backwards-compatible? This is very understandable, considering the collection of games they have acquired for the current version of the console. Reverse compatibility goes all the way back to PS2 when you were able to play certain games from the PS1. In the time PS3 was released, it was compatible with PS2 games up until the updated versions of the console, when Sony realized they could make bigger profits by removing this ability. The new PlayStation 5 will have the same x86-64 chip structure as its predecessor.
This is always a big dilemma for both console manufacturers and game developers, kind of double edged sword. If the developers make updated games for new consoles that are vastly superior to their prior versions, it may be worth it. However if done poorly, it is a nightmare for gamers, and considering the expected outrage if Sony decided to release non – reverse compatible PlayStation 5, we assume that company will their customers’ concerns in mind.